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Papers of Geoffrey Parsons, 1950-circa 1999, 2005 [manuscript]
Bib ID 3354820
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Author
Parsons, Geoffrey, 1929-1995
 
Access Conditions Available for research. Not for loan. 
Description [1950-2005] 
5.63 m. (23 boxes) + 7 cartons + 1 folder + 1 oversize item + 1 packet. 
Summary

MS Acc04.252 includes correspondence, music, programs, reviews, press cuttings, diaries, posters, photographs, videos, audio cassettes and reel-to-reel tapes (14 boxes, 7 cartons, 1 oversize item).

The Acc05.150 instalment comprises a complete set of VHS videos of performances by Geoffrey Parsons, plus a set of DVD copies. Some are amateur, some are from the BBC and ABC and one is a commercial release. Also, some cassettes and spool tapes, the first results of the audio copying project. The collection also includes letters, colour transparencies and other items and a visitors' book (5 boxes).

The Acc05.186 instalment consists of sound recordings of Parsons accompanying various artists: audiocassettes, spool tapes, DAT tape and CDs, most with CD copies (3 boxes).

The Acc06.117 instalment comprises papers relating to the 2005 Geoffrey Parsons Memorial Concert, including programs, advertising brochures, newspaper and magazine cuttings (1 folder).

The Acc07.016 instalment includes approximately 80 photographs relating to Parsons' life and career, 1960s to 1990s. Also, one CD relating to Parsons' memorial service at St Paul's Cathedral in 1995 (1 box).

The Acc12.050 instalment comprises music recordings on disk, including: Anna Reynolds performing Mahler and Schumann accompanied by Geoffrey Parsons; Hans Hotter performing Hugo Wolf; and organ music. In addition, there is a sheet of small portrait photographs of Parsons (1 packet).

Biography/History

Pianist. Geoffrey Penwill Parsons was born in Sydney in 1929 and studied at the NSW Conservatorium of Music with Richard Bonynge and Malcolm Williamson. Parsons left Australia for London in 1950 but returned regularly to tour as a pianist and accompanist. Parsons recorded and staged recitals in more than 40 countries with such singers as Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Janet Baker, Victoria de los Angeles, Jessye Norman, Gerhard Husch, Gwyneth Jones and Hans Hotter. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1977. In 1990 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for service to music. He was named the Royal Philharmonic Society's Instrumentalist of the Year in 1992. Parsons died in London in 1995. The Geoffrey Parsons Award was named in his memory by the Accompanists' Guild of South Australia.

Notes

Manuscript reference no.: MS Acc04.252, MS Acc05.150, MS Acc05.186, MS Acc06.117, MS Acc07.16, MS Acc12.050.

Subjects Parsons, Geoffrey, - 1929-1995 - Archives.  |  Pianists - Australia - Archives.
Time Coverage 1950-2005 
Occupation Pianists.
Terms of Use Copying of Geoffrey Parsons' copyright material permitted for research purposes. 

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