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The collection is held in The Borthwick Institute for Archives, which was established in 1953, and moved to York University campus in 2005.

It is one of the largest repositories outside of London and has specialist storage spaces for paper/parchment, photographs and modern media (i.e.sound archives).

As well as music, it’s specialisms include ecclesiastical records, historic mental health, architecture, environmental conservation, southern Africa, modern politics, and confectionery manufacture.


  • Chi-Chi Nwanoku OBE

  • Elizabeth Muir-Lewis

  • Sir Nicholas Kenyon CBE

  • Vladimir Jurowski

  • Sir Mark Elder CH CBE

  • Dame Janet Baker CH DBE

  • Sir Thomas Allen CBE


  • Paul Baily


    Paul’s career in music production started at Abbey Road Studios as classical music editor before becoming one of the first remastering engineers. He continues with this work at his studio in Thirsk, and makes location recordings for various labels. He is a lecturer in Music Production at York University/Leeds Conservatoire, and a piano teacher too.

  • James Marsh

    Associate member

    Currently Treasurer of the Leeds Lieder Festival and former Financial Controller of Opera North.

  • Emily Worthington

    Dr Emily Worthington is a professional clarinetist and lecturer in Music at the University of York. Her research uses historical texts and sound recordings to understand instrumental performance practices of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Emily has performed and recorded with many of the world’s leading period-instrument ensembles.

  • Michael Beverley

    Michael has had an extremely interesting business career which he blended with a significant pro bono involvement with the Arts and Education. He served as Chairman of Opera North from 1998 to 2010, and was also Chairman of the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras, English Baroque Soloists and Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique.

  • Gary Brannan

    Gary qualified as an Archivist in 2006 and went on to be Archivist at West Yorkshire Archive Service until 2012. He is currently Keeper of Archives at the Borthwick Institute for Archives, University of York.

  • Anthony Freud OBE

    Anthony Freud OBE is currently General Director of Lyric Opera of Chicago. previously General Director of both Houston Grand Opera and Welsh National Opera, he was also formerly board chair of both OPERA America and Opera Europa. Anthony chaired the jury for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World for 10 years and was a board member of the National Opera Studio in London.

  • Ian Rosenblatt OBE

    Practising lawyer, and business advisor to well known figures in the entertainment and fashion industry. Founder of Rosenblatt Recitals 2000 – 2017, founder of Branscombe Festival 2014 – 2019 and owner of Les Aldrich Music shop 2013 – 2023

  • Richard Jarman

    Richard held senior executive/leadership roles in major British Arts organisations for over 25 years including the Edinburgh International Festival, English National Ballet, Scottish Opera, Royal Opera House and the Britten-Pears Foundation.

  • Nicholas Payne

    Nicholas has worked for four major UK opera companies – Welsh National Opera, General Director of Opera North, Director of the Royal Opera, and General Director of ENO.Since 2003 he has been Director of Opera Europa and established it as the leading professional opera association in Europe.


  • Basil Tshaikov

    Basil Tschaikov was born in London in 1925, the son of Anissim Tschaikov, later a clarinettist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and his wife Lucie Belinfante, whose father had been the second clarinettist and librarian of the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam.

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  • Jon Tolansky

    Together with Basil Tschaikov, he co-founded the Music Performance Research Centre, renamed Music Preserved, in 1987 to preserve and make available private recordings of classical music, made either off air or at performances, for which no other source exists.

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  • Patrick Saul

    Anthony Patrick Hodgins Saul, known as Patrick, was born in Dover in 1913. He was the founder of the British Institute of Recorded Sound which became the British Sound Archive in 1983.

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  • Sir Charles Mackerras

    Sir Charles Mackerras was an Australian conductor. He was an authority on the operas of Janáček and Mozart, and the comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan. He was long associated with English National Opera and Welsh National Opera and was the first Australian chief conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He also specialized in Czech music as a whole, producing many recordings for the Czech label Supraphon.

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  • Richard Lewis

    Born in Manchester to Welsh parents, Lewis studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and later at the Royal Academy of Music. He made his operatic debut in 1939, and from 1947 onwards, sang at Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Covent Garden. He made his debut in the United States in 1955.

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  • George Lascelles, 7th Earl of Harewood

    George Lascelles, 7th Earl of Harewood. A major figure in the world of arts management, and a lifelong music enthusiast who amassed an extensive collection of music recordings, George was born on 7 February 1923, the eldest son of Henry, Viscount Lascelles, later 6th Earl of Harewood, and his wife Princess Mary. He succeeded his father as 7th Earl of Harewood in 1947.

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