Papers of John Antill, 1872-1987 [manuscript].

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Antill, John, 1904-1986
Papers of John Antill, 1872-1987 [manuscript]
Call Number
MS 437
14.70 m. (39 boxes) + 42 fol. boxes.
Scope and Content
The MS 437 collection comprises: 1. Music manuscripts and other papers relating to the composition and performances of Antill's works. 2. Correspondence, diaries, notebooks, financial papers, speeches, broadcasts, scrap albums, photographs, newspaper cuttings, programs and other papers relating to his private and professional life, and his employment with the Australian Broadcasting Commission. 3. Family papers, particularly of his wife, Constance Antill, his daughter Jill Antill, and his parents, John Henry Antill and Marianne Elizabeth Antill.
Composer, conductor and music editor of the ABC. John Henry Antill was born on 8 April 1904 and grew up in Sydney. He was educated at St. Andrew's Cathedral Choir School, 1914-1918, and Trinity Grammar School, 1918-1919, where he showed an early interest in music. In 1920 he left school and was apprenticed to the engineering workshops of NSW Railways, composing music in his spare time. After completing a five year apprenticeship, Antill resigned to concentrate fully on his music. Antill studied at the NSW State Conservatorium of Music where his teacher for composition was Alfred Hill. After graduating from the Conservatorium, Antill joined the J.C. Williamson's Imperial Opera Company as a singer and rehearsal conductor, touring Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand during 1932 and 1933.
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