Rollo Woods' Carol List
Sun May 26, 2019 9:27am

After Rollo Woods' death in 2018, his papers and books relating to West Gallery Music, Dance Tunes etc, were left to the Hartley Library at the University of Southampton, where they form the "Rollo Woods Collection", as MS 442 - A4299 Rollo G. Woods music research collection. Amongst these is the material that you mention from 'Good Singing Still' 1995:
MS 442 A4299 2/4 (Rollo Woods Indexes)
1. Carol Index A-H of manuscript copies
2. Carol Index I-Z of manuscript copies
4. Carol index, with introduction, and list taken from a database 2010-13

A second edition of 'Good Singing Still' updated by extra contributions on various topics was published in 2017, ISBN 978-1-899947-79-9.
The Carols section (page 122) has a footnote describing recent work done on the Index. "The Index now (March 2014) lists, under first line of text, some 750 carols, some of which have several, and a few many, different tunes set to them."

I have been visiting SU recently to examine the papers, and have not got as far as the three mentioned above. I will ask to see them on the next visit, and also ask if the latest 2014 index is in the collection, and further details. Most of his papers on West Gallery matters consist of hand-written lists, and photocopies of manuscripts which he was able to examine before returning them to their owners.

You can find details about the latest edition of "Good Singing Still" on the Resources page of the WGMA Website.

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    Clark Kimberling, Fri May 24 3:53pm
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