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McKIE, WILLIAM, SIR, 1901-1984
MUS 139

William McKie fonds.  - 1901-1982.  - 75 cm of textual records.  - 47 photographs.  - 4 engravings.  - 8 audio discs.  - 15 audio tape reels.  - 8 audio tape cassettes. 

Biographical sketch
Born in Melbourne, Australia, Sir William McKie studied in England, where he subsequently held positions as organist and choirmaster.  He was employed by Westminster Abbey from 1941 to 1963, and was also responsible for the music at the Queen's coronation in 1953.  Upon his retirement in 1963, McKie moved to Ottawa. 

Scope and content
The fonds consists of records pertaining to the musical activities of Sir William McKie:  diplomas; correspondence; manuscripts of compositions and arrangements by Sir William McKie and other British-born musicians, including Basil Harwood; concert programmes; press clippings, brochures and other documents pertaining to organs; photographs of Sir William McKie, choirs and marriage of Princess Margaret; sound recordings of music of McKie and his students. 

Immediate source of acquisition:  acquired from Lady Phyllis McKie, wife of Sir William McKie, in 1981 and 1982. 

Restrictions:  none. 

Finding aids:  inventory. 

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