The Robert W Turnbull Collection

A collection of scrapbooks of concert criticisms written by Robert W Turnbull, music critic of the Glasgow Herald.

About Robert W Turnbull

Robert W. Turnbull was the music critic of the Glasgow Herald between 1899 and 1921. He was a musician who played piano, and organ. He played at many churches during his musical career, including Bluevale Church, and Caledonia Road United Free Church. He spent some time as a teacher of music before he turned to journalism.

His obituary in the Glasgow Herald states: “He had already attracted attention by the publication in a church magazine of articles which revealed not only a wide knowledge of music but an uncommonly fine literary craftsmanship […] His musical criticism, the delightfully racy articles he contributed to our columns, and his reviews of new music were notable for simplicity and lucidity of style and a lightness of touch that unmistakably revealed their authorship.” (Glasgow Herald 19 November 1921, p6)

About the collection

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Review of Concert in the Cathedral, Glasgow Herald, 22 April 1901

The collection consists of ten scrapbooks of cuttings of concert criticisms written by Robert W Turnbull, music critic of the Glasgow Herald. They date from 1899-1921. These cuttings represent his articles and reviews and give a good insight into musical life in Glasgow at this time. A general music collection with opera well represented both by scores and librettos.

Finding aid

Robert W Turnbull listing (PDF, 99KB)

Further reading

Death of Mr Robert Turnbull, our music critic. Glasgow Herald, 19 November 1921, p. 6

Robert Turnbull, an appreciation. Glasgow Herald, 21 November 1921, p. 5

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