ACT Heritage Library Manuscript Collection

HMSS 0095 New Music Society Records

Scope and Content Notes

Call Number HMSS 0095
Collection New Music Society Records
Date Range 1971-1999
Quantity 1m (4 manuscript boxes)
Access Conditions open
Copying Conditions research and study only 
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The New Music Society, originally called Musicanova, established to encourage and promote the performance of recent music, particularly by composers and performers resident in Canberra.

The Society commissioned new contemporary works and sponsored concerts of contemporary music in the ACT.

Its inaugural meeting was held on 3 August 1971 and it ceased operations in October 1999 as it felt that with the development of the Canberra School of Music, it had outlived its usefulness.  Funds were transferred to Gallery Players.

Notable among its achievements were two multimedia works "Australian Bush" in 1974 and "Rainforest" in 1978 to draw attention to threatened natural environments.

The 1978 work, "Rainforest", included contributions by poets A.D. Hope, Judith Wright, David Campbell and Rosemary Dobson. 

The bulk of the collection are the papers of long-time Society secretary Peggy Russell-Jones, aka Jane Bradhurst.  Files may contain correspondence, procedural and organisational documents, as well as draft committee minutes and file notes.  There is little organisation evident.

Box List

Box No. Description Quantity Date Range
1 Minutes (and other records) of Committee Meetings 1 file 1971-1976
1 Minutes of Committee Meetings 1 vol March –June 1972
1 Correspondence and Mailing Lists 1 file 1971-1974
1 Secretary’s Papers
meeting papers, correspondence and attendance registers
2 files 1971-1974
1 Correspondence 1 file 1973-1974
1 Activities 1 file 1975
1 Financial Records 1 file 1973-1978
1 Australian Bush
Correspondence and procedural documents largely concerning the production of the multi-media work “Australian Bush”
3 files 1973-1974
2

Adam

Correspondence and grant information concerning the commissioning of the opera,  Adam

2 files 1974-1976
2

Adam

Libretto by Rodney Hall

1 file Ca 1976
2

Rainforest

Correspondence and procedural documents largely concerning the production of the multi-media work “Rainforest’ and the New Music Society’s protest against logging in Australian rainforests.

6 files 1977-1999
2

Rainforest

Report by Graham Daly on John Sullivan’s composition “Rainforest”

1 file Ca. 2000
3

Recordings of concerts and commissions of he New Music Society

St Andrew’s 

1 reel; 2 cassettes 1 June 1975
3

Recordings of concerts and commissions of he New Music Society

Thursday 

1 reel 17 February 1972
3

Recordings of concerts and commissions of he New Music Society

The Encircled Landscape by John Sullivan 

2 reels no date
3

Recordings of concerts and commissions of he New Music Society

poets A.D. Hope, Judith Wright, David Campbell and Rosemary Dobson reading at “Rainforest” event 

1 reel 1978
3

Recordings of concerts and commissions of he New Music Society

“From the Diminishing Landscape” by John Sullivan, scene 1 for Harpsichord performed by Diana Blom

1 reel no date
3

Recordings of concerts and commissions of he New Music Society

“The Australian Bush” – Rosemary Dobson 

1 reel 23 March 1974
3

Recordings of concerts and commissions of he New Music Society

Six meditations on the Katha Upanishad by May Howlett 

1 reel; 1 cassette no date
3

Recordings of concerts and commissions of he New Music Society

Graham Daly’s work on John Sullivan’s “Rainforest” 

1 reel; 1 cassette 1999?
3

Recordings of concerts and commissions of he New Music Society

Unlabeled reel 

1 reel no date
4

Commissioned Music

The Encircled Landscape (Music for and exhibition for nine solo instruments 1974 by John Sullivan 

1 1974
4

Commissioned Music

Lamington Music for flute, alto flute, vibraphone, violin, cello, double bass by John Sullivan composed for “Rainforest” 

2 copies 1977
4

Commissioned Music

Petition against logging in Australian rainforests, (scroll) 

1 1978