MS 6566
Papers of Kenneth Hince (1926- )



Scope and Content Note

  • Papers
  • 1955 - 94
  • 2.8 metres (20 boxes)
  • Available for reference
  • The papers were purchased by the Library in 1987 and 1994.

The collection consists of files relating mainly to Hince's work as a music critic in the last thirty years. It includes correspondence, both business and private, copies of Hince's own letters, letters from readers, composers, musicians, conductors and musicologists, typescripts of Hince's manuscripts on musicians, papers relating to his music collecting and his judging of music competitions, notes of interviews with notable composers, and substantial files on the ABC, The Age and the Australian.

Also included are invitations to review performances, biographical information on performers, tickets, reviews of performances for both The Age and the Australian, record and book reviews, articles for publishing, and a variety of printed material.

Biographical Note

Kenneth Hince, one of Australia's leading dealers in rare and old books, and for many years a music critic for major newspapers, was born in 1926. He studied Medicine and Arts at the University of Melbourne and served in the Royal Australian Air Force and taught languages at Xavier College, Melbourne, before opening his bookshop in Melbourne in 1960. He began his long and successful career as critic the following year, serving as music critic on the Bulletin (1961-64), Australian, (1967-77), and The Age (1977-94).

Series List

  1. Alphabetical files, 1955-94
  2. Notification of performances and invitations to review, 1978-87
  3. Reviews
  4. Printed material, 1979-87
  5. Miscellaneous

Series Descriptions

SERIES 1 . ALPHABETICAL FILES, 1955 - 94

The series consists of an alphabetical sequence of files maintained by Hince and relating to his work as a music critic. They contain correspondence, both personal and business, copies of Hince's own letters, letters from, and interviews with notable composers including George Dreyfus, Larry Sitsky, Frank Callaway and Dobbs Franks, typescripts of Hince's manuscripts on Percy Grainger, Henry Tate, and others, letters supporting or criticising his reviews, and papers relating to his own activities as a collector of music and a judge of competitions.

Also in the sequence are biographical notes on musicians, information on societies and festivals, concert schedules, music catalogues, record releases, photographs, and a few musical scores. A miscellaneous file of material, mainly dating from the 1960s, is at the end of the alphabetical sequence.

Among the more notable correspondents are: David Ahern, Alfred Brendel, Brenton Broadstock, Colin Brumby, Creighton Burns, Nigel Butterley, Frank Callaway, John Cargher, Ann Carr-Boyd, Max Charlesworth, Clem Christesen, Roger Covell, George Dreyfus, Ross Edwards, Percy Grainger, Sir Bernard Heinze, Jack Hibberd, John Hopkins, Robert Hughes, William Lovelock, James McAuley, Andrew McCredie, John Manifold, Stan Ostoja-Kotkowski, Joseph Post, Peter Sculthorpe, Larry Sitsky, Robert Tear, Kenneth Tribe and Joern Utzon.

SERIES 2 . INVITATIONS TO REVIEW PERFORMANCES, 1978 - 87

The series consists of notification of performances and invitations to review them, some biographical information on performers, both individuals (including David Helfgott and Roger Heagney) and groups, and tickets for the performances.

Organizations and societies that regularly contacted Hince included: Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australian Boys' Choir, Astra Chamber Music Society, Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust, Australian Opera, Camerata Opera Group, Camberwell Chorale, Early Music Society of Victoria, Melbourne Chorale, University of Melbourne - Faculty of Music, Musica Viva, Ormond College, Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Society, Rantos Collegium, Victorian Arts Centre, Victorian College of the Arts, and the Victorian State Opera.

SERIES 3 . REVIEWS (undated)

The series contains reviews of concerts, operas, records and books. The performance reviews were written for the Australian and The Age. The books reviewed are by G. W. L. Marshall-Hall and George Dreyfus. Also included in this series are typescript articles on Lorin Maazel and his programming of opera, Hince's visits to Avignon and Linz, and a 32 question quiz on Franz Lehar.

SERIES 4 . PRINTED MATERIAL, 1979 - 87

This series consists of press releases, publicity material, programs, catalogues, and information on overseas music festivals, including the International Festival of Music, Lucerne ( 1980-87) and Expo 86 (British Columbia). There are copies of Vienna calling (Sept 82-Oct 84), Canada and Bosendorfer, and World Record Club programs for 1979-81.

SERIES 5 . MISCELLANEOUS

A box of unused concert and opera tickets make up this series.

Index to Alphabetical Files

Folders                                                                 

1      Abbot, Graham                                                         

2      Academy of Melbourne                                                  

3-5    Adelaide Festival                                                   

6      Adelaide Pastorial Company                                            

7      Adelaide Woodwind Quintet                                             

8-26   The Age                                                            

27     Ahern, David                                                         

28     Albert & Son                                                         

28a    Alfred A. Kalmus Ltd.                                               

29     Allans Music, Melbourne                                              

30     Anson, Stan                                                          

31    The Argus                                                            

32     Astra Chamber Music Society                                          

33     Australasian Sketcher                                                

34     Australia Council - Music Board                                      

34-35  Australia Pro Arte                                                

37-39  Australian                                                        

40     Australian Boys' Choir                                               

41-43  Australian Broadcasting Commission (and Corporation)              

44-47  ABC Instrumental & Vocal Competition                              

48     Australian Chamber Orchestra                                         

49     Australian Chamber Soloists                                          

50     Australian Dictionary of Biography                                   

51     Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust                                 

52     Australian National University                                       

53     Australian National Wind Orchestra                                   

54-55  Australian Opera                                                  

56     Australian Performing Right Association                              

57     Australian Production Designers' Society                             

58     Australian Record Company                                            

59-60  Australian Society for Keyboard Music (T Birnie)                  

61     Australian Society for Music Education (interview notes Frank        
       Peter Callaway, Maxwell Davies, Wilfrid Mellers)                        

62     Australian Universities Festival Choir of Melbourne                  

63     Badger, Harold                                                       

64     Banks, Don                                                           

65     Baron, H.                                                            

66     Barossa Festival                                                     

67     Bartik, Ralph                                                        

68     Barzun, Jacques                                                      

69     Battersby, Jean                                                      

70     Baume, Caroline                                                      

71     Beare, Mrs                                                           

72     Beecroft District Music Club                                         

73     Belcher, Bill                                                        

74     Bendigo Musician - Teacher Pilot Project                             

75     Berlioz Society (UK)                                                 

76-77  Bermagui : Four Winds Festival                                    

78     Bibliography of Australian Music                                     

79     Bicentennial Arts                                                    

80     Bird, John                                                           

81     Blainey, Geoffrey                                                    

82     Blanks, Fred                                                         

83     Boosey & Hawkes                                                      

84     Boult, Sir Adrian                                                    

84a    Boyd, Anne                                                          

85     Brady, Kathleen                                                      

86     Brashs                                                               

87     Breitkopf & Hartel                                                   

88     Brendel, Alfred                                                      

89     Brislan, Patrick                                                     

90     British Council                                                      

91     British Music Society of Victoria                                    

92     Broadstock, Brenton                                                  

93     Brownlee, John                                                       

94     Brucknergesellschaft (Vienna)                                        

95     Brucknerhaus Linz (Kurt Woess)                                       

96     Brumby, Colin                                                        

97     Buckley, Vincent                                                     

98     The Bulletin                                                         

99     Burns, Creighton                                                     

100    Burrage, Arthur                                                     

101    Butterley, Nigel                                                    

102    Byers, Reginald                                                     

103    Bylsmer, Anner                                                      

104    Callaway, Sir Frank                                                 

105    Calwell, Arthur                                                     

106    Camberwell Arts Society                                             

107    Canada Council                                                      

108    Canberra Society of Singers                                         

109    The Canon (Franz Holford)                                           

110    Carbuhn, Norman                                                     

111    Cargher, John                                                       

112    Carmody, John                                                       

113    Carr-Boyd, Ann                                                      

114    Castlemaine State Festival 1992                                     

115    Catholic Worker                                                     

116    CBS Records                                                         

117    Censorship                                                          

118    Chagall Ensemble                                                    

119    Chamberlain, Robert                                                 

120    Channell, Ian                                                       

121    Chapman, Brian (Parnassus)                                          

122    Chappell & Co                                                       

123    Charlesworth, Max                                                   

124    Chester & Co                                                        

125    Choral Music in Victoria                                            

126    Cillario, Carlo Felice                                              

127    Clynes, Manfred                                                     

128    Colebatch, Tim                                                      

129    Collingwood Chamber Orchestra                                       

130    Commonwealth Literature Advisory Board                              

131    Communicating Arts Centre (Toorak)                                  

132    Como Camerata                                                       

133    Concert Hall Records                                                

134    Concert schedules                                                   

135    Cook, Jonathan                                                      

136    Cooke, Max                                                          

137    Copley, John                                                        

138    Council of Adult Education (Vic)                                    

139    Counterpoint (magazine)                                             

140    Covell, Roger                                                       

141    Cowburn, John                                                       

142    Crawford, Robert King                                               

143    Cubbin, David                                                       

144    Dalton, Andrew                                                      

145    Davey, Reg                                                          

146    Dempsey, Bernard (ABC)                                              

147    Dikmans, Greg                                                       

148    Dobson, Agnes                                                       

149    Dommett, Leonard                                                    

150    Dorum, Paddy                                                        

151-54 Dreyfus, George                                                  

155    Durand                                                              

156    Early Australian Music Pamphlets                                    

157    Easton, Michael                                                     

158    Eddy, Aletha                                                        

159    Edwards Music Reprints                                              

160    Edwards, Allan, Professor                                           

161    Elder Conservatorium                                                

162    Elison Ensemble                                                     

163    Ellis, Catherine                                                    

164-65 EMI Records                                                      

166    English, George                                                     

167    Eschig                                                              

168    Everding, Professor                                                 

169    Evers, Francis                                                      

170    Eyre, Frank                                                         

171    Falk, Barbara, Dr                                                   

172    Farren-Price, Ron & Margaret                                        

173    Feist, Robert                                                       

174    Fellowship of Australian Composers                                  

175    Ferwerda, John                                                      

176    Fiddian, Geoff                                                      

177    Foley (NY music publisher)                                          

178    Franks, Dobbs                                                       

179    Freelancer                                                          

180    Gabriel, Richard                                                    

181    Geminiani Chamber Orchestra                                         

182    Gibson, Sir Alexander                                               

193    Gilfedder, John                                                     

184    Glen, W. H.                                                         

185    Goosens, Sir Eugene                                                 

186    The Gramophone                                                      

187    Grainger, Percy                                                     

188    Grant, Clifford                                                     

189    Gross, Eric                                                         

190    Grosvenor Academy (Melbourne)                                       

191    Haley, Martin                                                       

192    Hamelle                                                             

193    Hames, R. D.                                                         

194    Hansford, Brian                                                     

195    Hanson-Dyer, Louise                                                 

196    Harper, John                                                        

197    Heinze, Sir Bernard                                                 

198    Hennessey, William                                                  

199    Heughel & Co                                                        

200    Hibberd, Jack                                                       

201-05 Hince, Kenneth                                                  

206    Hinrichsen Edition                                                  

109    Holford, Franz (see Canon)                                          

207    Hopkins, John                                                       

208    Hornung, Alfred                                                     

209    Hughes, Robert                                                      

210    Humble, Keith                                                       

211    Institut Francais d'Ecosse                                          

212    International Music Council                                         

213    International Scala                                                 

214    ISCM                                                                

215    Jolly, Derek                                                        

216    Jones, Barry                                                        

217    Jones, Percy                                                        

218    Jones, Trevor                                                       

219    Jost, Mack                                                          

220-21 Judges, W. A.                                                    

222    Kassler, Michael                                                    

223    Knehans, Douglas                                                    

224    Kosky, Barrie                                                       

225    Lane, Terry                                                         

226    Langbein, Brenton                                                   

227    Lawrence, Douglas                                                   

228    Le Gallienne, Dorian                                                

229-30 Lieder Society of Victoria                                       

231    Lieschke, Graham                                                    

232    Loam, Arthur                                                        

233    Loughlin, George, Professor                                         

234    Love, Harold                                                        

235    Lovelock, William, Dr                                               

236    McAuley, James                                                      

237    McCredie, Andrew                                                    

238    McDermott, Paul                                                     

239    McDonald, Ronald                                                    

240    Madge, G. D.                                                        

241    Maidment, John                                                      

242    Mair, Ian                                                           

243    Malvern Symphony Orchestra                                          

244    Manifold, John                                                      

245    Marum, John                                                         

246    Maxwell, Miles                                                      

247    Maxwell, Murray                                                     

248    Meale, Richard                                                      

249    Meanjin                                                             

250    Melbourne Collegium                                                 

251    Melbourne Concert Hall                                              

252    Melbourne Musicians                                                 

253    Melbourne Sinfonia                                                  

254    Melbourne String Quartet                                           

255-56 Melbourne Symphony Orchestra                                     

257    Melbourne Trio                                                      

258    Melbourne University                                                

259    Melbourne University Choral Society                                 

260    Melbourne Youth Music Council                                       

261    Mellor, Clarrie                                                     

262    Menzies, David                                                      

263    Meppem, Bruce                                                       

264    Middenway, Ralph                                                    

265    Monash University (David Whitehead)                                 

266    Monash University (Don Vincent)                                     

267    Monash University (Margaret Kartomi)                                

268    Monash University Choral  Society                                   

269    Moon, Meredith, Dr                                                  

270    Mozart Collection (Brett Kelly)                                     

271    Murdoch, James                                                      

272    Murray-Smith, Stephen                                               

273    Music Broadcasting Society of Victoria                              

274    Music Hall                                                          

275    Music in Melbourne                                                  

276-77 Musica Viva                                                      

278-79 Musicological Society of Victoria                                

280    Muzak (Mike Bossley)                                                

281    Myer Concerts                                                       

282    Myer Music Bowl                                                     

283    Myers, Raymond                                                      

284    Nachtmusique                                                        

285    National Critics Award Committee                                    

286    National Library                                                    

287    National Music Camp Association                                     

288    National Youth Orchestra of Australia                               

289    Neidorf, Prue                                                       

290    Nelson, Thomas & Co                                                 

291    Neuhold, Gunter                                                     

292    New Opera Company of Melbourne                                      

293    New Sydney Woodwind Quintet                                         

294    New York University - Graduate School                               

295    Nickson, A. E. H.                                                   

296    Nickson, Noel, Professor                                            

297    Novello & Co                                           

298    The Observer (Des O'Grady)                                          

299    O'Donnell, John                                                     

300    Opera Australia                                                     

301    Opera Foundation Australia                                          

302    Ostoja-Kotkowski, Stan                                              

303    Overland                                                            

304    Pam, Frank                                                          

305    Pascall (Geraldine Pascall Prize)                                   

306    Peart, Donald                                                       

307    Penalurick, Nadra                                                   

308    Penberthy, James                                                    

309    Perth Festival                                                      

310    Philips (records)                                                   

311    Phonogram                                                           

312    Pinkney, John                                                       

313    Polygram Records                                                    

314    Pont, Graham                                                        

315-17 Port Fairy Festival, 1991, 1993                                  

318    Post, Joseph                                                        

319    Prendergast, Maria                                                  

320    Price, Douglas                                                      

321    Purcell Sinfonia (Melbourne)                                        

322    PWM Music                                                           

323    Quadrant                                                            

324    Quaife, Merlyn                                                      

325    Radic, Therese                                                      

326    Rantos Collegium                                                    

327    Rantos, Spiros                                                      

328    RCA Records                                                         

329    Recording Society of Australia                                      

330    Reidel, Hans                                                        

331    Reitmann, Rita                                                      

332    Rich, Joe                                                           

333    Ridge, Regina                                                       

334    Robles, Merisa                                                      

335    Rolfe, Patricia                                                     

336    Rolls-Royce                                                         

337    Rouart, Lerolle (music publishers)                                  

338    Russell, Ken                                                        

339    Sach, Heidi                                                         

340    Sagiova, Marketa                                                    

341    St Francis' Church Choir (Melbourne)                                

342    St Peter's, Eastern Hill                                            

343    Salabert 66                                                         

344    Scala Records                                                       

345    Schirmer, G.                                                        

346    Schneider, Gerhard                                                  

347    Schott (music publishers)                                           

348    Schwarz, Sam                                                        

349    Sculthorpe, Peter                                                   

350    Segan, Berek                                                        

351    Shea, Kate                                                          

352    Silsbury, Elizabeth                                                 

353    Sinclair, John                                                      

354    Sitsky, Larry                                                       

355    Smallwood, Robert                                                   

356    Smiley, Paul                                                        

357    Sounds Australian (inc. Critics' Award)                             

358    Spira, Leonard                                                      

359    Stapleton, Ian (Radio Times)                                        

360    State Opera of South Australia                                      

361    Stevens, Milton                                                     

362    Stirling, Lorna                                                     

363    Sunday Star (Melbourne)                                             

364    Susskind, Walter                                                    

365    Sydney Opera House (interview notes Ulmer, 1960s)                   

366    Sydney Opera House (F.S. Raymond)                                   

367    Szurek, Ralf                                                        

368    Tahourdin, Peter                                                    

369    Taines, Carla                                                       

370    Tear, Robert                                                        

371    Thomas, Adrian                                                      

372    Tibbits, George                                                     

373    Time-Life International                                             

374    Torrance, G. W.                                                     

375    Townshend, Pete                                                     

376    Tribe, Kenneth                                                      

377    Trio Polyphonica                                                    

378    Tudor Choristers                                                    

379    Tunley, David                                                       

380    Twentieth Century                                                   

381    Tzipine, Georges                                                    

382    UNESCO                                                              

383    Utzon, Joern                                                        

384    Veliz, Claudio                                                      

385-86 Victoria State Opera                                             

387    Victoria State Opera Society                                        

388    Victorian Arts Centre Trust                                         

389    Victorian Arts Council                                             

390    Victorian College of the Arts                                       

391    Victorian Concert Choir                                             

392    Victorian Opera Company (Bob Tuttleby)                              

393    Victorian Orchestra for the Disabled                                

394    Vincent, Don                                                        

395    Wagner, Wolfgang                                                    

396    Walters, Joseph                                                     

397    Watson, Gordon                                                      

398    Way, Tony                                                           

399    WEA Records                                                         

400    Werder, Felix

401    Western Australian Opera Company

402    Willet, John

403    Williamson Theatres

404    Wilson, Bruce

405    Wintle, Adrian

406    Wood, George

407    World Record Club

408    Youth Music Australia

409    Zacharin, Michael

410    Zingari Amateur Orchestra

411    Miscellaneous unsorted material

Box List

BOX                    SERIES                 FILE                          

1                      1                      1 - 26                        
2                      1                      27 - 40                       
3                      1                      41 - 62                       
4                      1                      63 - 103                      
5                      1                      104 - 143                     
6                      1                      144 - 170                     
7                      1                      171 - 210                     
8                      1                      211 - 250                     
9                      1                      251 - 283                     
10                     1                      284 - 338                     
11                     1                      339 - 367                     
12                     1                      368 - 388                     
13                     1                      389 - 411                     
14                     2                      1 - 8                         
15                     2                      9 - 15                        
16                     2                      16 - 19                       
17                     3                                                    
18                     3                                                    
19                     4                                                    
20                     5