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Papers of Professor Sidney T. M. Newman

Identifier: Coll-1032

Scope and Contents

The collection is composed of: in Box 1, concertos of C. P. E. Bach (son of Johann Sebastian Bach), an opera The admiral's daughter by Dr. H. F. Henniker (1930) and a symphony in three movements, music and libretto to David Rizzio, and various pieces of music; in Box 2, assorted pieces of music and song, the Fantasia No.1 Mozart with music for violin I and II, viola, v.cello, c.bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, corno, trumpet, and timpani, a bound copy of the music Two movements for horn and pianoforte quartet, and incidental music Aucassin et Nicolette by Sidney Newman; in Box 3, assorted letters, notes, pamphlets, articles, and music, programmes for orchestral and chamber concerts performed during the 1940s and 1960s in the Usher Hall and the Reid School of Music by the University of Edinburgh Reid Symphony Orchestra, and a Norwegian file of material; in Box 4, assorted printed material, a large envelope of articles and musical criticism, lists of Newman's conducting repertoire, and music on photographic paper; and in Box 5, assorted music, a long run (1926-1935) of the journal Mitteilungen des Hauses Breitkopf und Hartel, Leipzig, and, notes. The collection also has larger files containing loose unboxed material, namely: concerto for oboe and strings, C. P. E. Bach, parts, copied by S. T. M. Newman from autograph ms; folder of music; and, music on photographic paper.

At SC-Acc-2023-0157 there are also two photographs of Sidney Newman (one portrait by Ramsay & Muspratt, Oxford; and one portrait from a newspaper clipping), two letters written by Newman to "My Dear Aunt Eleanor" dated 5th April 1939 and 25th October [no year], and three newspaper clippings relating to concerts.


  • Creation: 1920-1968


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Conditions Governing Access

Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance

Biographical / Historical

Sidney Thomas Mayow Newman was born 4 March 1906. He was educated at Clifton College, and then he studied at Christ Church, Oxford, and the Royal College of Music, London. From 1930 to 1941 he was a lecturer in music at Armstrong College (later King's College) Newcastle-upon-Tyne (University of Durham). During this time he was also conductor of the Newcastle Bach Choir, and honorary conductor of King's College Choral and Orchestral Society. 1940-1941 he was conductor of the Newcastle String Players. In 1941, Newman became conductor of the Reid Symphony Orchestra, Edinburgh University, and conductor of the Reid Choir. He was of course, appointed Reid Professor of Music, Edinburgh University, in 1941. Professor Sidney T. M. Newman died at Nailsworth in the Cotswolds, 22 September 1971.


5 boxes, and miscellaneous larger files material.

Physical Location


Other Finding Aids

Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Material received from Teresa Jones, Reid Music Library, April 2002, Accession no. E2002.8.

SC-Acc-2023-0157: material found in a house in Cramlington, Northermberland in the 1970s, and donated to Heritage Collections in 2022.


Check the local Indexes for details of any additions.

Related Materials

The UK National Register of Archives (NRA), updated by the Historical Manuscripts Commission, notes locations of Newman related material at: Gloucestershire Record office, 1920s-1940s papers; and St. Andrews University Library, 1948-1967, correspondence with Cedric Thorpe Davie.

Processing Information

Compiled by Graeme D. Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.

Papers of Professor Sidney T. M. Newman (1906-1971)
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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