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Dr Steve Weston

0116 252 252


The University of Leicester,
University Road,


Since the original establishment of the Charles Moore Collection at the University of Leicester in 1982, there have been some acquisitions of non-wind instruments, and so the collection is now designated as less specialised and being of the wider term 'musical instruments'. The collection is divided into three sections:

•Woodwind instruments,
•Brass instruments and
•Non-wind and incomplete instruments

This short biography of Charles Moore's life is written in connection with the instruments collected by him in the course of his business and band associations, but little is known of the collection, which was not exhibited during his lifetime. He is remembered instead as a brass band conductor, trainer and adjudicator, eminent cornet player, church choirmaster and local politician.

He was born on Moat Street, Wigston Magna, on 11 May 1878, the sixth child of a family that eventually numbered ten children. He left the local Church Day School at the age of eleven to work in a stockinger's shop, and until 1912 continued to be involved in the hosiery trade, variously at Market Harborough, Oadby, Wigston and Leicester.

From the age of seven he had been involved in church music, and, as there was already a tradition of brass playing in the family, he commenced cornet lessons. At the age of nineteen he studied the instrument with Edward Matthews, cornet player at the Leicester Opera House. In 1903 he married Matthews' daughter, Kate. A cornopean, which is now in the instrument collection, was formerly owned by the Matthews family, and it is probable that this was played by Moore's father-in-law. Although his full-time employment in the hosiery trade continued, Charles Moore worked with Matthews as cornettist at the Opera House, also fulfilling engagements at Winn's Oriental Cafe, where he was cellist in a piano trio.

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