Libraries Henry Watson Music library

Collection about Henry Watson

Our collection includes materials about Henry Watson's life from his character, early career, musical developments, to his accomplishments and activities as a collector.

The materials we have are available for loan unless the reference number starts with an R.

  1. Barbirolli, John speech at the re-opening of the Henry Watson Music Library in its new quarters in the Central Library. Manchester Review 4 (1945-47) 399-402. The text of Sir John Barbirolli's speech celebrating the move of the Henry Watson Music Library from ground to second floor of Central Library in 1947 (ref 017.442M62 Local Studies Dept.)
  2. Duck, Leonard The Henry Watson Music Library. Musical Times 1310 (1952) 155-159. Account by renowned former librarian (ref R780.5Mz78)
  3. Henry Watson: the man, the books, the instruments. Musical Times 50 (1909) 364-372. Contemporary account of Dr. Watson's character and accomplishments (ref: R780.5Mz78)
  4. Lewis, Malcolm 'Shrouded in mystery': the development of music provision in public libraries in Great Britain, 1850-1950, in Music Librarianship in the United Kingdom Ed. Richard Turbet (Aldershot, 2003) 17-56. With reference to the Henry Watson Music Library within a wider context (ref 780.84Mz)
  5. Tomlinson, June Henry Watson (1846-1911): a musical life.
    • The Brick: Accrington Local Studies Library Journal 4 (1997) 10-20. Outlines Dr. Watson's life and achievements, with particular reference to his early experiences in Accrington (ref q927.8Wh(580))
    • Aspects of Accrington: discovering local history Ed. by Susan Halstead and Catherine Duckworth (Barnsley, 2000) 76-90 Revised version of The Brick: Accrington Local Studies Library Journal 4 (1997) (ref 927.8Wh0657)
  6. Waterhouse, William Henry Watson: musician, collector and benefactor. Manchester Sounds 1 (2000) 47-63. Overview of Dr. Watson's life and work describing his early career and musical development and his activities as a collector and benefactor. Includes a brief description of Dr. Watson's collection of musical instruments (ref 780.94273Me(855))


  1. Watson, Dr. Henry The Glorious Twelfth Words by Thomas Kay on Play the game: Victorian and Edwardian sporting songs. Partridge (tenor), Savage (baritone), Partridge (piano). Just accord (ref: JUSCD001). Watson's CD debut, a recording of his song The Glorious Twelfth, published in 1900, a celebration of the opening of the grouse shooting season, on this compilation of sporting songs.

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