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Autograph score of James Whitbourn's 'Ada', with programme notes

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MS. Mus. c.665

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Choral work composed by James Whitbourn for the 200th anniversary of Ada Lovelace's birth. It is a setting of Lord Byron's poem scored for SATB chorus, harp and violin. The autograph score is supplemented with programme notes produced for the first performance in Oxford in 2015.


  • Creation: 2015


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Language of Materials

  • English

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Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Mus. c.665].

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MS. Mus. c.665

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 12487


Autograph score of James Whitbourn's musical work 'Ada' for SATB choir, violin and harp.

Biographical / Historical

'Ada' was composed in 2015 on commission from the 5th Earl of Lytton, a descendant of Ada Lovelace, the daughter of Lord Byron and a mathematician considered a computer programming pioneer.

The piece was performed in the Weston Library during the Ada Lovelace Symposium held at the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford, in December 2015 in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Ada Lovelace's birth. Composed for SATB, harp and violin to a poem by Lord Byron, it was performed by the Commotio chamber choir under Matthew Berry with Andrew Bernardi (violin) and Anna Lapwood (harp). Further information is provided in the programme notes accompanying the autograph.

Other Finding Aids

Published score and parts (London: Chester Music, 2015) can be found on the Bodleian catalogue SOLO, Mus. 2016 c.37 (6).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by James Whitbourn, June 2017.


297 mm x 210 mm

Autograph score of James Whitbourn's 'Ada'
Margaret Czepiel
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom