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The Procter-Gregg Trust was set up after the death of Humphrey Procter-Gregg (1895–1980) with the aim of preserving manuscripts, securing publications and to further general awareness, understanding and appreciation of his music and substantial influence in the music world.
Even though the Trust’s financial resources are now severely limited it has enabled several publications and recordings including sonatas for violin, clarinet and horn with piano accompaniment, solo piano music, several songs and P-G’s Clarinet Concerto. Sponsorship for further projects is much needed to get P-G’s deserving output to a wider public.
Recollections of Humphrey Procter-Gregg appeared in the publication ‘Manchester Sounds’ (Vol.4 2003–4) along with an annotated list of his complete output. Although he had influence further afield (through his links with Sir Thomas Beecham and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden) he was so much a part of the musical scene in Manchester. In addition to collaborating with R J Forbes and the Royal Manchester College of Music, he was appointed Professor of Music at Manchester University in 1936, setting up a string quartet with Charles Taylor (later to become leader at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden), designing and commissioning one of the finest chamber-music halls in the country in Denmark Road and mentoring and guiding many students who were to become influential in their own right, either as instrumentalists or as composers.
The extensive collection of P-G’s manuscripts is held at the John Rylands Library in Manchester.
There were BBC broadcasts of P-G’s Violin Sonatas in the 1930s and 40s but details have been lost — any information on them would be hugely appreciated. The first sonata was dedicated to Albert Sammons and the third sonata to Thomas Matthews — both hugely influential musicians in their own right.
For any enquiries, sponsorship opportunities, purchase of music and any other information please contact Robert Ashworth on any of the above contact details.
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