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Conservation of the Archive

We’re delighted and excited to announce that, thanks to a major grant by the National Manuscripts Conservation trust, we have been able to start work on the first phase of conservation of the archive. This phase sees those manuscripts with most damage being cleaned and re-boxed. Work will take about three months. Future phases will see development of a full catalogue, and parts of the archive digitised.

The manuscripts being conserved in the first phase include orchestral parts from the first performances of several operas by Michael Balfe, including The Maid of Artois, The Puritan’s Daughter, and The Rose of Castile; Alexander Mackenzie's TheTroubadour, and Goring Thomas’ Esmeralda. These are all unique materials, of enormous significance in the history of British opera.


Sponsored Walk across Dartmoor for the Carl Rosa Trust and MMUK

On Sunday 7th October 2018, one of our Trustees, Steven Martin, joined hundreds of others walking the Abbot’s Way walk, a 23 mile hike across Dartmoor. The walk celebrated the 700th anniversary of Tavistock Church and the 1000th anniversary of Buckfast Abbey (both founded by Benedictines).
 
Fr Steven was walking to raise money for two charities: the Melanesian Mission UK (an Anglican organisation currently supporting the victims of the volcano a few months ago, in Ambae, Solomon Islands) and the Carl Rosa Trust. We are delighted to say that he raised several hundred pounds for both charities.

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The Exhibition at the Central Library, Liverpool...

The story of the Company was given on a series of display boards, and some of the manuscripts (including some orchestral parts dating from 1826), production plans, programmes, photographs, and biographies of some of the major personalities, were also on display.

One of our Trustees, Dr Valerie Langfield, was interviewed about it, by Liverpool’s TV station Made in Liverpool.

The Symposium at the Central Library

The first Carl Rosa Trust Symposium was held on Saturday 19 November 2016, at the Hornby Library. About a dozen delegates attended - all specialists in their fields - and after short presentations from the Trustees, various items from the Archive were brought out for examination. A great deal of discussion ensued, which was exactly what we wanted. We were keen to show something of the nature of the archive, with a view to permitting its use as a research resource, or as a subject for research in its own right.

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In the afternoon, students from Liverpool Hope University gave a short recital, the programme drawn from items regularly performed by the Carl Rosa Company. They were superbly accompanied by David Walters, senior lecturer and principal accompanist at the University.

Some of the visitors mentioned the ‘new’ Carl Rosa company that is currently staging productions; this has no connection with the Carl Rosa Trust and archive.

Do contact valerie.langfield@carlrosatrust.org.uk for more information, or if you would like to be kept informed by email of future events and news.

We’re also very keen to receive feedback from anyone who’s been to the exhibition - please email Valerie Langfield with your comments.