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Music Archives at the National Library of Canada

PEAKER, CHARLES, 1899-1978
MUS 61

Charles Peaker fonds.  - 1912-1975.  - 9 cm of textual records.  - 2 photographs. 

Biographical sketch
Born in England, Charles Peaker emigrated to Canada at age 13, studying music in Toronto with Healey Willan, Sir Ernest MacMillan and Ernest Seitz.  During the course of his career, he worked as organist and choirmaster in many Canadian churches, including Rosedale United (1930-36), Deer Park United (1937-44) and St. Paul's Anglican (1944-75).  A renowned organist, he also performed in the United States and Great Britain.  From 1934 to 1950, he conducted the Hart House Glee Club choir and, from 1940 to 1942, the Coliseum Chorus.  In 1930 Charles Peaker became a professor at the Toronto Conservatory of Music (today the RCMT), holding this position until 1970.  From 1952 to 1965, he also taught choral technique at the University of Toronto.  He was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1974. 

Scope and content
The fonds contains records pertaining to the career of Charles Peaker:  correspondence; concert programmes; press articles by and on C. Peaker; radio texts; photographs of an organ. 

Immediate source of acquisition:  acquired from Charles Peaker in 1975. 

Restrictions:  none. 

Finding aids:  numerical list. 

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