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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
MORROW, Michael (1929-1994) and Musica Reservata
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
13 boxes


Name of creator(s)

Morrow, Norman Michael MacNamara, 1929-1994, musicologist

Administrative / Biographical history

Musica Reservata is a musical ensemble established in London in 1960 by Michael Morrow, John Beckett and John Sothcott, and of which Michael Morrow became the creative director. The group was set up with the intention of rediscovering and reinterpreting mainly Renaissance and Baroque music, and since its inception has given recitals throughout the world, undertaken broadcasts and given numerous recorded performances. Musica Reservata is still active in popularising medieval and early modern music. Michael Morrow was responsible for a number of important arrangements and has edited works including Dance music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance (London, 1976). He died in 1994.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The papers were transferred to King's in August 1998.

Content & structure

Scope and content

The records of Musica Reservata comprise original notes, company minutes, correspondence, lyrics and programmes, 1960-1992, notably including manuscript and typescript notes and proofs compiled by Michael Morrow describing the development of Renaissance music for talks, lectures and his published works, [1960-1985]; minutes of the company Council, 1972-1978; company reports, 1972-1974; rehearsal notes, itineraries and tour plans, 1972-1974; correspondence with Michael Morrow and others, mainly concerning the organisation of concerts including fees, 1960-1981; assorted manuscript and typescript lyrics of early modern music, [1960-1980]; programmes and leaflets advertising Musica Reservata performances, 1960-1989; press cuttings on early music, including reviews, 1971-1989.

System of arrangement

Arranged into the main series outlined above in the Scope and Content section.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Box list available online and in hard copy in the King's College London Archives Reading Room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

The Royal Academy of Music Library Special Collections: Michael Morrow papers, comprising Morrow's own compositions and music for Musica Reservata that complement the administrative material located at King's College London.

Description control

Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by Geoff Browell.

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

April 2002, updated 2016

Box List(s)

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  • Classical music
  • Music
  • Musical performances
  • Musical styles
  • Musicology
  • Newspaper press
  • Performing arts
  • Press
  • Press cuttings

Personal names

  • Morrow, Norman Michael MacNamara, 1929-1994, Musicologist

Corporate names

  • King's College London College Archives
  • Musica Reservata

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