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Item Type: Tutor - English Concertina


Full Description: ‘English’ Concertina Tutor: Two copies of: “How to Learn the English Concertina Without a Master”, by C. Roylance, “Professor of the English Concertina”, London. Originally published from Seymour Street, Euston Square in 1877, and with large diagram of keys & notes layout. Roylance (c. 1840–?) was a musical instrument dealer, concertina performer-teacher, and author-publisher of tutors for English and Anglo concertina and other instruments. In his notes and instructions, (p. 2),Roylance dismissed the difficulties of learning to play: “The fingering of the Concertina is extremely easy, so with ordinary attention to the following instructions, any person with the least musical talent, may in a very short time perform any favourite melody” He offered his own undocumented history of the instrument: “The English Concertina was invented by Professor Charles Wheatstone . . . and was introduced to Public notice in June 1838. The first instrument was sold to Capt. Gardner of the 2nd Life Guards, it was then called the “Symphonian” [sic] with bellows, and not until December 27th of that year, was it named the Concertina”. Each copy is priced at 2/-, though the early edition in Merris’s listings is priced 1/-. Roylance sponsored at least one contest—“ Mr. C. Roylance’s English Concertina Contest, Cambridge Hall, Oxford Street” (July 5 th, 1870), and a large pewter trophy from that contest is Item NC.4.9-001 in the Collection, with the engraving “Presented to Mr W J Corton, by the Umpires, for the best-played Concertina solo at Mr. C Roylance’s Concertina Contest at the Cambridge Hall, Newman Street, Oxford Street, July 5th 1870.”.
The major source for information and listings of all known Concertina Tutors is Randall Merris’s paper at

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