Philip Napier Miles' conducting baton

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Philip Napier Miles (1865-1935) lived at the Kings Weston estate in Shirehampton, Bristol and was a well known composer, and patron of music in the Bristol area. Inspired by Rutland Boughton’s Glastonbury Festival, he established British Opera Week, first held in Shirehampton close to Kings Weston House, then in Clifton and at Bristol’s Theatre Royal. At the 1924 festival Napier Miles premiered his one-act operas Markheim and Fireflies, and was presented with this ivory and gold mounted baton by the Avonmouth and Shirehampton Choral Society. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Bristol in 1925.

  • Item reference: DM772
  • Photographer: Ann Pethers
  • Copyright: University of Bristol
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