Theodore Edward Aylward Collection

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The Collection has never been catalogued in detail: it consists mainly of printed material from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. It contains over 700 items but this number is misleading because many of the volumes actually consist of bound collections of individual publications within a common subject area, e.g. Songs. It includes a quantity of material on sacred works, songs and singing, dramatic music, orchestral music, solos and studies and music for organ and harmonium. The collection is interesting as a social document as well as for its music material.

Administrative / Biographical History

Theodore Edward Aylward studied with Dr.S.S. Wesley and worked as a cathedral organist at Llandaff and Chichester. He conducted the Cardiff Musical Society from its formation in 1887 and was also chorus-master for the Cardiff Triennial Festival from 1892 until 1914. He sold his music library to Cardiff Public Library in 1926.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for consultation.


Compiled by Elizabeth Pengilly with Peter Keelan.

Other Finding Aids

A catalogue is being compiled.