Biographical notes


This A5 sheet of paper is the first page of a set of notes for a talk by Anthony Baines, giving autobiographical details and some anecdotes.

In telling the story of the origin of his interest in musical instruments he describes how ‘a vast realm of musical instruments came suddenly upon me standing before the instrument case in the Army and Navy Stores – stringed, wind, percussion – every instrument then sold in a general store. Staring at them over and over again I felt particularly drawn towards wind instruments which looked peculiar, or old-fashioned, and before long, on free afternoons, in white tie and top hat, I was over Waterloo Bridge, and through to the Elephant and Old Kent Road, hunting for any such things especially antiques – costing from half-a-crown to thirty bob, and listening to the old bandsmen and theatre musicians talking about them.’