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Archive of Ian Kellam


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Music manuscripts of Ian Kellam (1913-2014), mostly dyeline copies and photocopies, with some personal papers and music manuscripts of other composers.


  • Creation: 1939-2014, n.d.


7.0 Linear metres (31 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English
  • Latin

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Mus. a. 23 ].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. 15585/1-4, MS. 15585 Photogr. 1, MSS. Mus. a. 23-27, b. 597-613, c. 809-812

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 15585


Music manuscripts of Ian Kellam, mostly dyeline copies or photocopies, 1939-2014, n.d.

Biographical / Historical

Ian Kellam was born in 1933. He began music studies while a chorister at the Cathedral of St Peter and Paul in Sheffield. He then studied music with Herbert Sumsion and Howard Ferguson. While at the Royal Academy of Music, he won the Langrish Award for choral writing, and in 1969, the Church of England Music Society prize for anthems. His compositional output encompasses church and incidental music (including that for the Royal Shakespeare Company and other Shakespeare productions in Moscow, Paris and New York). Kellam also wrote many compositions for children. One of his late commissions was a Choral Fanfare for Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. Further details of his life and work can be found on the website of the ECS Publishing Group.


Much of the material in the archive of Ian Kellam are copies and the individual works have been ordered according to the dates of the originals where they appear on the copies. Undated material is then ordered by title unless otherwise stated.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bequeathed by the composer and received from his executor, Shirley Germaine, 17 April 2015.

Related Materials

More music manuscripts of Ian Kellam, donated during his lifetime, are listed in a separate description and can be found at MSS. Mus. b. 124-129 and c. 569-570.

Separated Materials

Published books and music will be catalogued separately and available to order on SOLO.

2 CDs, one containing a recording of a ‘Choral Eucharist’ that included Ian Kellam's motet (St Thomas Church, New York City, 24 Feb 2002 and) ‘Agnus Dei’; and one containing an undated recording of a ‘test copy’ of Ian Kellam's ‘Fiat lux’ will become available digitally in due course.

Concert programmes from this archive will be added to the Bodleian collection of concert programmes (Mus. 335 c. 6) with details entered into the Concert Programmes Database.

Music manuscripts and personal papers of Ian Kellam, 1939-2014, n.d.
Finding aid prepared by Margaret Czepiel
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom