The Archive is housed in the library of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester (UK) and contains the composer’s manuscripts of most of his published works. In addition there are manuscripts of many unpublished pieces, most from early in Rawsthorne’s career.


There is a set of recordings on cassette of most of the composer’s output, together with his own collection of discs and tapes, many of which are of private, historic performances or first performances.

Among other items are to be found correspondence, writings by Rawsthorne – including items of juvenilia – and press cuttings collected over the whole of his career.



All this material is available for inspection or listening by students or researchers into Rawsthorne’s music, life and background. Those wishing to gain access to the material should apply to


The Archivist
The Royal Northern College of Music
124, Oxford Road
Manchester M13 9RD
0161 907 5211


Lists of the contents, manuscripts and recordings, held in the archive can be seen at or obtained from the Secretary of the Friends:

Secretary: Andrew P. Knowles – 30, Florida Avenue, Hartford, Huntingdon, Cambs. PE29 1PY

Telephone 01480 456931 : e-mail


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The music of Rawsthorne



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