The Mackworth Collection contains full scores of operas by Giovanni Bononcini, Nicola Porpora and Alessandro Scarlatti as well as numerous operatic arias by Johann Adolf Hasse, Leonardo Vinci, George Frideric Handel and others. The collection features sonatas by Nicholas Dôthel and John Christopher Pepusch, Spanish cantatas by Joseph de Torres, Italian cantatas by Pietro Giuseppe Sandoni, and a large number of English hymns, songs, airs, theatre suites and dances.
Sir Herbert Mackworth collection of opera scores, 1600-1900
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
The Mackworth Collection was assembled by Sir Herbert Mackworth, with other volumes added later by various family members. The Collection was bought by R. Bonner Morgan, a Cardiff optician, in 1919, and was subsequently presented to the Cardiff Central Library, which created the first extant catalogue of the collection. The Mackworth Collection was placed on permanent loan in the care of the Cardiff University of Wales Library in 1989.
Conditions Governing Access
Access is available by prior appointment, during 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday.