A HISTORY of music teaching in Kirklees has been donated to Kirklees Music School, in honour of its late author.
George Brown, one of Huddersfield’s best known music teachers, painstakingly compiled a history of instrument tuition in Huddersfield and Kirklees from 1945 to 1991.
Now his research, which fills seven box files, has been donated to Kirklees Music School (KMS) by Mr Brown’s widow Daphne and their family.
George, who died in 2000, aged 66, collected stories, newspaper clippings, photos and other musical memorabilia from the late 1970s. He launched an appeal for more material in the Examiner in 1986.
Mr Brown taught thousands of people in Kirklees how to play the violin and viola in schools or at his Crosland Moor home.
George picked up the violin in his early teens, at Crow Lane School in 1947.
After three years in the army, he dedicated his life to learning and teaching the instrument.
He earned a place at Huddersfield Music School to continue to learn violin and left in the early 1950s.
KMS head, Thom Meredith, said: “It’s lovely people have kept these records and it’s very interesting to see some of the faces in there who are now teaching with us.
“We hope to have the files available to the public at some stage.
“It’s the kind of thing you wish someone would do but rarely does, especially as it’s such a comprehensive picture of everything that’s happened.”
Eric Cooper is a former music area co-ordinator for North Kirklees and was a friend of Mr Brown.
Mr Cooper, 77, said: “He had a standard of excellence and if one of his pupils got a bare pass he’d be disappointed. He was a superb teacher. He gave children an excellent technique.
“He had a very strong will if he set his mind to it.
“He’d spend hours in this little room with all the information for his research on the walls.
“The family decided it wasn’t much good sitting in the bedroom where no-one saw it so they wanted it to go somewhere it would be cared for and be seen by people.”
The Kirklees Music School, Northumberland Street, was founded in 1991.