Music & Song
The website for Dr Martin Shaw OBE FRCM (1875 –1958)
"I am off tomorrow folk-songing... if you have any advice to offer will you send me a card"
Ralph Vaughan Williams to Martin Shaw
Image: 1906 - newspaper cartoon of Isadora Duncan performing in Stockholm with holograph by Shaw. The original is in the Martin Shaw Archive at the British Library
Archive material relating to Martin Shaw
The Principal Archive Holder of Martin Shaw's Music, Papers and Manuscripts
Department of Music Manuscripts
The British Library
96 Euston Road
Shaw was friends with the leading artists, musicians and poets of his day. This substantial archive was not to be made public until 50 years after Shaw's death. It includes major correspondence from Ralph Vaughan Williams; also John Ireland and Gustav Holst.
For an overview of the Archive see: An Introduction to Martin Shaw...
Letters from TS Eliot concerning his collaborations with Martin Shaw 1933-47
Harvard College Library,
The Rock, a series of choruses by T.S Eliot was originally a pageant with music by Martin Shaw, performed by 300 singers at the Sadler's Wells Theatre in May 1934. Shaw's anthem for double choir The Greater Light is taken from it.
Manuscript music for The Rock is held at the British Library.
The Craig Archives contain Martin Shaw's letters to Craig 1899 -1958
Department of Performing Arts/Departments de Spectacles
Biblioteque Nationale de France
To contact the curator via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Craig material forming part of his son Edward A Craig's archive was aquired by the Harry Ransom Center in 1978
Harry Ransom Center
University of Texas at Austin
United States of America
The material includes Craig's letters to Martin Shaw (1899 - 1958), which were bought from Shaw's widow in 1968 by Craig's son Edward A. Craig.
Craig Archive material containing Shaw's letters not in the Biblioteque Nationale or the Harry Ransom Center is available to researchers by appointment.
The College Archives
Eton College Library
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Lectures and plays by Shaw performed at Gresham's School, Holt: 1909 - 1920
The School Archivist, Gresham's School
contact the school archivist Liz Larby via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Benjamin Britten was a former pupil at Greshams. Prior to his time there, both Martin and his brother Geoffrey Shaw were instrumental in setting the standard for the school Music Department. Copies of Shaw's lectures given to the boys at Greshams along with plays first performed there are available to view by appointment.
One of the pictures in this collection is The House of Dr. Martin Shaw
Birmingham City University Art and Design Archives
Telephone: +44 (0)121 331 6981
To view by appointment, contact Fiona Waterhouse, Research Assistant at: Fiona.Waterhouse@bcu.ac.uk
Collection reference code: 2794 - JR
Langford Grove was a progressive school for girls in Essex. Its headmistress and founder, Elizabeth Curtis, was a friend of Martin Shaw's during the 1930s.
The curriculum emphasized the creative arts: painting and drawing, dancing (eurythmics), and physical exercise.
Although Langford Grove was already in the country, its proximity to London caused the school to be evacuated to Dorset, once in 1938 and again in 1939, when Shaw's daughter Mary Elizabeth attended it briefly.
The House of Dr. Martin Shaw shows the Shaw's house, Brick House Farm, set in the wheat fields of Essex.
Martin Shaw's music library, correspondence from Shaw's daughter Mary Elizabeth (1923 -1977) and archive material on Joan Cobbold and her family are available to researchers by contacting The Trust Archivist ...