Collection AR194 - Healey Willan collection

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Healey Willan collection

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  • 1937-1981 (Creation)
    Willan, James Healey, 1880-1968

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10 cm of textual records;11 photographs

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James Healey Willan was born 12 October 1880 in Balham, London. In 1897 he became an Associate of the Royal College of Organists, and in 1899 a Fellow. From 1903 until 1913 he served as organist and choirmaster at St. John the Baptist Kensington. In 1913 Healey immigrated to Canada, settling in Toronto. In Toronto Willan held various positions at St. Mary Magdalene, St. Paul’s, and the Toronto Conservatory. Willan died 16 February 1968.

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Collection primarily consists of memorabilia and newspaper clippings, collected by Willan's son, Patrick Willan. Files include correspondence and minutes of the Healey Willan Centennial Celebration Committee, 1978-1980; programmes, 1936-1980; clippings, 1936?-1965; programmes and clippings of Willan's opera, Deirdre; obituaries and memorials, 1968; Church of St. Mary Magdalene, 1979-1980; Willan Centenary, 1980; articles on Willan, 1980-1981; memorabilia, 1968-1979; and photographs of Willan with family and musicians.

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2 items catalogued for Special Collections:

Peter's Book by Healey Willan. London, The Frederick Harris Co. [c1936.] (5 scores for piano and voice.)

Deirdre: An ancient and noble tale retold by John Coulter for music by Healey Willan; being the revised version of their Deirdre of the Sorrows. Revised for the presentation by the Opera School, Royal Conservatory of Music, University of Toronto, April 1965. c1965

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