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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

University of Leeds acquires Dame Fanny Waterman’s archive

10:05, 22nd January 2018

The archive of Dame Fanny Waterman, co-founder of the Leeds International Piano Competition, has been presented to the University of Leeds.

Her archive, along with that of the Leeds International Piano Competition, will be kept by the University Library’s Special Collections for future generations of researchers to study.

Items include correspondence and unique manuscripts from Benjamin Britten, photograph albums and visitor books, as well as minutes from the very first meeting of The Leeds committee and a selection of programmes.

The University will mark the acquisition of the archive with an afternoon celebrating Dame Fanny’s achievements on 11 March. This will include a photographic display of Dame Fanny’s life in music; a display of items from the new archives; a conversation between Dame Fanny and her former pupil Lord Dyson; and a recital by Federico Colli, 2012 winner of The Leeds, featuring pieces by Scarlatti and Bach.

‘I have been privileged to enjoy a long and rich life in music, and the University of Leeds – with its key support from the start for The Leeds in 1963 – has been a loyal stalwart along the way,’ said Dame Fanny.

‘I am pleased to have found such a suitable home as the University’s Special Collections for the papers and memorabilia I’ve accumulated over decades, and hope it provides a useful mine of information for researchers for many years to come.

‘I believe very strongly in the value of music, learning and education – something which underpins this unique event in March. I’m most grateful to the University for embracing it.’


Tickets for the event on 11 March cost £15 (free for students and under-16s) and available online or by calling 0113 343 2584.

The displays will be open from 1.30pm; the conversazione will take place at 3pm; and the recital will begin at 4pm.

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