"This is the personal account of how a musically gifted youth living over a hundred years ago set about to qualify himself in music, and to attain professional standards in his art when music-teaching institutions were not so numerous as they are now."
At the age of 13, already a competent musician, Thomas Henry Collinson left his home at Alnwick to be apprenticed to Dr Philip Armes, the organist of Durham Cathedral, and to be instructed, as the indenture said, 'in the highest branches of the Musical Art'. From the start he kept a diary, which records a formidable programme of learning; studies in harmony, counterpoint and modulation; choral and organ music in the Cathedral, in nearby churches and the locality; and personal non-music experiences - the regatta enjoyed, the book read, the ailment suffered. The young Collinson was to become, at the age of twenty, the first organist of St. Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh.
The diary is edited and annotated by his son, Francis, himself a well known musician and musicologist.
Good used condition in dust-jacket, some fading to spine.