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Typed Letter signed in 1926 on letterhead of the Royal College of Music
Typed Letter signed: "Hugh P. Allen", 1p, 5½x3½  London, 1926 March 8. On letterhead of the Royal College of Music to "Dear Benbow". In full: "Come and see me when you are next in College. I think I understand your feelings. Yours sincerely". Hugh Percy Allen (1869-1946) was named Director of the Royal College of Music in 1918, the same year he became a professor of music at Oxford. He tripled the size of the student body at the RCM, and modernized the curriculum at both institutions. He also conducted the Royal Choral Society and the Royal Philharmonic Society. In 1946, when he died after being hit by a motorcycle, the London Times called Allen the "acknowledged but unofficial head of the music profession in this country." Benbow was probably Edwin Benbow, a longtime piano teacher at the Royal College of Music. 1 vertical fold crease through center. Lightly toned and creased. Adhesive residue from previous mounting at upper left edge. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: December 23, 1869 in Reading, Berkshire, England, United Kingdom
Died: February 20, 1946 in Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom

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