Simpson, Adrienne Marie, 1943-2010 : Papers

Simpson, Adrienne Marie, 1943-2010

Contains papers relating to `Early music New Zealand' including correspondence, copy, financial records, lay-outs and cover mock-ups. Also included materials on the record music of John Rimmer, a speech by Les Dorizac and autobiographical notes by Roger Wilson. There is also correspondence between Adrienne Simpson and Brian Pritchard, relating to the book `The greatest ornaments of their profession' and an annotated copy of a draft of this book (1989-1994). Also contains copies of background reference materials used for this book and a scrapbook of clippings of reviews and articles about performances of opera in New Zealand and Australia (1907-1911). Also includes papers relating to Simpson's involvement on the Artistic panel of the Wellington City Opera (1990-1993). There are also interviews conducted by Adrienne Simpson and others (1988-1993) and a cassette of the 1989 Mobil Song Quest finalists. Also includes her research papers, chiefly concerning Alice May, Dan O'Connor, Simonsen Opera, Frances Saville, and general New Zealand opera and theatrical history

Also includes notes towards a biography of New Zealand soprano Frances Alda. The notes have subsequently been transcribed by New Zealand School of Music Secretarial Services.

Part of the Archive of New Zealand Music

Source of title - Supplied title

Quantity: 269 folder(s). 1 volume(s). 2 audiocassette(s). 1 electronic scan(s). 5.74 Linear Metres.

Physical Description: Mss, typescripts and printed matter (some photocopies and faxes), audio cassettes, electronic scans

Finding Aids: For select list of Simpson's publications, see Back File.

Transfers: Material taken into Manuscripts Collection, items transferred to other sections from there - Published items brought to Sound & Music centre, unpublished items brought to manuscripts and transfers made from there (29.03.11) - To Photographic Archive - Photographs mainly of early music musicians; series of photographs relating to 1964 tour by NZ Opera Company; and photographs associated with subjects in `Southern voices'; 1 box of photos and 1 folder of large reproductions (29.03.11); 2 Negatives and 2 transparencies which were loose within MS-Papers-11724-09 - To Oral History Collection - 9 cassettes of interviews, 1988-1993 - To Ephemera Collection - Two music programmes (PR-08-0103); Programme for recital by Frances Alda - To Sound and Music Centre - 10 libretti.

Additional description

Scrapbook (MSX-3810) is fragile and has a damaged spine

Any academic paper or other work on Frances Alda that is intended for publication and which draws on Adrienne Simpson's material on Frances Alda should acknowledge this source, making reference to the substantial pioneering research on Alda carried out by Simpson.
Access restrictions
Partly restricted material - Collection unrestricted except for folders 2 and 3 of MS-Papers-5085. Access to these two folders require written permission of the estate of Adrienne Simpson.
269 folder(s), 1 volume(s), 2 audiocassette(s), 1 electronic scan(s), 5.74 Linear Metres, Business correspondence, Clippings, Concert programmes, Drafts (Documents), Manuscripts, Personal correspondence, Research notes, Scrapbooks, Sound recordings, Speeches, Mss, typescripts and printed matter (some photocopies and faxes), audio cassettes, electronic scans
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