Fonds Acc: 2003 - 5; 2004 - 1; 2004 - 2 - Henry Hugh Bancroft fonds

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Henry Hugh Bancroft fonds

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CA DRL Acc: 2003 - 5; 2004 - 1; 2004 - 2

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  • [1904] - 2004 (Creation)

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53.5 cm textual material + photographs

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Henry Hugh Bancroft was born in Cleethorpes, England on February 29, 1904. He was named a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists in 1925, and immigrated to Canada in 1929. He served as organist and choirmaster at St. Matthew's and All Saints' Churches in Winnipeg, Manitoba before returning to England in 1936 to complete his Bachelor of Music Degree at Durham. Upon the completion of the degree, he returned to Canada to serve as organist and choirmaster at Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver. His "Intermezzo" and "Marching Tune" compositions were premiered in Winnipeg by the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra in 1938. Hugh Bancroft married Eldred Grace Curle on May 23, 1945. He moved to Sydney, Australia in 1948, where he served as organist at St. Andrew's Cathedral and became a founding member of the Australian College of Organists. He returned to All Saints Church in Winnipeg in 1953, but briefly left Canada again to serve as organist at Christ Church Cathedral in Nassau, Bahamas. Upon his return to Canada in 1958, he became organist and Choirmaster at All Saints' Cathedral in Edmonton, Alberta, a position he held until his retirement in 1980. While in Edmonton, he designed the Casavant organ for the Cathedral. He was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Canadian College of Organists in 1976. In 1977, he was awarded the Lambeth Doctorate of Music by the Archbishop of Canterbury and an honorary LLD by the University of Alberta. He also taught as a Sessional Instructor in the Department of Music at the University of Alberta. His other published compositions include "Good Christians Now Let All Rejoice"; "Mass of St. Thomas"; "A Fancy"; "Pastorale"; "Legend"; "Three Pieces for Manuals"; and "There's A Voice in the Wilderness Crying". Hugh Bancroft died on September 11, 1988 in Edmonton.

Custodial history

The records of Henry Hugh Bancroft came to the Diocesan archives as several transfers of records in 2003 and 2004.

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The records of Henry Hugh Bancroft held at the Diocese of Rupert's Land archives include: certificates (1925 – 1967); reviews and programmes (1929 – 1948); letters of reference (1929 – 1957); records of St. Matthew's Church (1930 – 1937); records of All Saints' Church (1931 – 1985); general correspondence (1933 – 1987); Music Festival (1936); service notes (1938 – 1942); reviews and programmes (1948 – 1970); organ recital programmes (1960 – 1974); news releases/advertisements (1964 – 1977); correspondence to Clayton Lee re: 1963 Bancroft Tribute; records from St. Andrew's Cathedral, Australia (1948 – 1952); records of All Saints Cathedral (1964 – 1972, 1977 - 1978); programmes (1973 – 1976,1978 - 1982); awards/tributes (1976 – 1980); recording costs/statements; writing/speeches; sheet music; published/original music; copyright correspondence (1925 – 1986); royalty statements (1982 – 1989); birthday greetings; publications; records of the Friends of Organ Music; correspondence re: Lambeth Degree; Bancroft music and book collection; newspaper clippings (1956 – 1984); undated programmes and articles; research; obituary and memorial service (1988); scrapbook; records of the Bancroft Centenary (2004); photographs and slides.

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Box 22 is part of the Still Images Collection.

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Bancroft music and book collection is in fragile condition. Normal intellectual copyright restrictions apply.

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Related material: See also M.43 Keith Tinsley

Associated material: University of Alberta Archives

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No further accruals are expected.

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The material is in English.

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