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Choral Belles fonds


Physical Description:
38 cm of textual records

The Choral Belles, a women's choir, was organized in Calgary, Alberta in 1951 under the leadership of Robert Dalton. Mona Thornton, 1913-2004, replaced him in 1953, and conducted the choir for nine years. Douglas Parnham led the group for one year, and in the fall of 1963 Marilyn Perkins became the group's final conductor. The Choral Belles sang for a wide variety of musical events, including church and school concerts, conventions, banquets and radio broadcasts. Throughout its existence the choir had approximately 25 singers. It disbanded in the early 1970s.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of constitution, minutes, membership lists, correspondence regarding engagements, financial statements, scrapbooks and programs.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Mona Thornton, 1989.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

Finding Aids:
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

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Sheet music for The Desk and Derrick Song, composed by Jeanne Ackland and first performed by the Choral Belles at the 1954 Desk and Derrick Club convention, is in the Desk and Derrick Club fonds at Glenbow (M 6249/31a).

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M 8077

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