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Archive of Philip Cannon


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Autograph manuscripts of Philip Cannon's music, which include sketches, drafts and fair copies of scores, with occasional proofs and printed material. Clean copies of published works were transferred to the Bodleian collection of printed music. These can be found via the online catalogue SOLO. Concert posters and programmes now form part of the Bodleian Collection of Concert Programmes. A small amount of correspondence includes many letters related to the commission by HM the Queen of the 'Te Deum', celebrating the 500th anniversary of St George's Chapel, Windsor in 1975. Also included in the archive is ca. 40 cassette tapes with Cannon's music and broadcasts. Further 50 cassette tapes capture Philip Cannon reminiscences.


  • Creation: 1948-2018, n.d.


10.0 Linear metres (57 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

  • English

English, French, Latin and German.

Conditions Governing Access

Some material is closed.

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Mus. b.452].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. 13087/1-5, MS. 13087 Photogr. 1, MSS. Mus. a. 9-14, b. 452-484 and c. 708-715 and [MS.] Tapes 1-4.

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 13087


Archive of the composer Philip Cannon (1929-2016) containing predominantly his autograph music manuscripts.

Biographical / Historical

Philip Cannon was a British composer and teacher. For details of his life and work see Oxford Music Online.


Items in the archive follow the traditional order for musical works. Within categories, compositions are listed in chronological order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Philip Cannon, December 2009.

Catalogue of the music archive of Philip Cannon (1929-2016)
Finding aid prepared by Margaret Czepiel
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom