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Music of Alfred Matthew Hale


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Music manuscripts of Alfred Matthew Hale, including songs, orchestral, choral and chamber music.


  • Creation: 1897-1955


20.24 Linear metres (184 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark, e.g. MS. Mus. c. 142, fols. 1-2.]

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MSS. Mus. c. 142-296

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 13896


Music manuscripts of Alfred Matthew Hale, 1897-1955.

Biographical / Historical

Alfred Matthew Hale (1875-1960) was an amateur composer. Born in Reading on 21 Nov 1875 into a wealthy family, he grew up at 'Claverton' in Stoke Bishop, near Bristol and attended Uppingham School and St John's College, Oxford. He later lived in the village of Rake, near Petersfield, Hampshire. He was the son of the watercolour artist William Matthew Hale (1837-1929) and a nephew of William Jerdone Braikenridge (d 1907), son of George Weare Braikenridge (1775-1856), onetime owner of the 'Braikenridge' manuscript, now [GB-Ob] MS. Tenbury 1486.

A prolific composer, Hale took lessons from J.W. Lawson, organist of St Mary Redcliffe, and Percy Buck, then organist of Bristol Cathedral, and later studied with R.O. Beachcroft. Being of private means, he was able to indulge his interests in music and watercolour painting without the need to earn a living. A concert of Hale's orchestral music was held at the Queen's Hall, London on 28 Feb 1912, conducted by Sir Henry Wood, and a work of his was performed at the Promenade Concerts in the same year. From 1917 to 1919, he served as an officer's servant in the Royal Flying Corps. He died on 12 Jan 1960.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bequeathed by the composer, 1960.


  • William Matthew Hale, The family of Hale: facts relating thereto, with additional notes by his son Alfred Matthew Hale (Privately printed, 1936)
  • Alfred M. Hale, The ordeal of Alfred M. Hale: the memoirs of a soldier servant, edited with an introduction by Paul Fussell (London: Leo Cooper, 1975)
Music of Alfred Matthew Hale
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Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom