Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)FCS
TitleFeeney Commission Scores
Extent9 large boxes, 3 outsize boxes (0.2004 cubic metres)
DescriptionScores of musical works commissioned by the John Feeney Charitable Trust, originally as first performed by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra [CBSO].

Some scores include commissions for other arts organisations [non-CBSO commissions].
ArrangementArranged in a single running number sequence in order of receipt.
LocationOutsize volumes: FCS/4, 12, 20, 25-26, 29-32, 34-35, 38, 41, 49/1
Access ConditionsAccess to all registered readers
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Access StatusOpen
Administrative HistoryThe John Feeney Charitable Trust was established by the will of John Feeney (1839-1905). He was the son of the founder of the 'Birmingham Post' and he worked for the newspaper from 1863 until his death and for the last 10 years of his life was its proprietor. He was a collector of pictures and arts objects, a traveller to many countries and a benefactor of Birmingham Art Gallery. He had a deep interest in the life of Birmingham and was a generous contributor to its hospitals, its University and its many charitable institutions. The Trustees use the trust fund to further those causes that John Feeney supported during his lifetime and the trust has commissioned works from leading composers since 1955 and these are first performed by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under its Principal Conductors and other guests and sometimes the composers themselves.
Custodial HistoryA condition of each commission was that the autograph full score was supplied to the Trust and these were then deposited in the Barber Institute Music Library (which was responsible for their binding in green morocco). In more recent years only photocopies of manuscripts have been deposited rather than the original score. In 1999, scores were transferred from the Music Library in the Barber Institute to Special Collections.