Roberton Collection

A collection comprising over 30 original songs composed by Sir Hugh Roberton (1874-1952), about 50 of his song arrangements, 100 original part-songs, some 200 part-song arrangements (a number of these being different versions of the same work) and most of the faux bourdon psalm settings in the series arranged by Roberton.

The Glasgow Orpheus Choir, founded in 1906 by Roberton, became well known not just in its native city but throughout the choral world during the first half of the 20th century. In addition to having founded the choir and acting as its conductor, Roberton composed and arranged many of its songs and part-songs.  In addition to these original songs and arrangements, the Roberton Collection, which was presented to the Library through the good offices of Henry Farmer (1882-1965), holds 20 letters between Sir Hugh’s son Kenneth and Farmer, and several photographs of Sir Hugh. There is also a small quantity of archival material concerning Roberton in the Farmer Collection.

Further material relating to the Glasgow Orpheus Choir is held in the Papers of Robert Rankine and the Andrew Guthrie Collection of Glasgow Orpheus Choir material.


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