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More on Percy Grainger and the University

We’ve had some interesting feedback on the recent Percy Grainger/Rose Grainger Orchestral Fund blog post. Elder Professor of Music Charles Bodman Rae let us know that the Rose Grainger Orchestral Fund, established by Percy Grainger in his mother’s name in 1926, is very much a going concern. The Fund’s capital had become quite depleted but […]

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Percy Grainger and Adelaide

The Archives recently came across several letters from the innovative Australian pianist and composer Percy Grainger to Elder Conservatorium Director and Professor of Music E. Harold Davies.
The first dates from early November 1926, a letter Grainger wrote to Professor Davies from his aunt’s house in the Adelaide suburb of Kensington. In it he sets out […]

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Edward Reeves, Lionel Logue and King George VI

The recently released film The King’s Speech is based on the relationship between King George VI (Colin Firth) and his speech therapist Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). Logue, who was from Adelaide and who had treated WWI servicemen suffering from shell shock, began seeing the future King George VI (then Prince Albert, the Duke of York) […]

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