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Ord: The Papers of Bernhard ('Boris') Ord

Reference Code: GBR/0272/BO

Scope and Contents

Consists mainly of letters written to him, as well as some musical scores.


  • Creation: 1920 - 2010

Biographical / Historical

Bernhard Ord was born on the 9th July 1897 to Clement Ord (KC 1882) and Johanna (daughter of Hofprediger G Anthes). Ord was educated at Clifton College, later winning a scholarship to the Royal College of Music. There he studied the organ under Sir Walter Parratt. In 1916 he served with the Artists' Rifles and then later as a pilot in the Royal Flying Corps. In 1919 Ord became organ scholar of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. In 1928 he conducted a performance of Stravinsky's 'The Soldier's Tale' in which Lydia Lopokova was the princess, Michael Redgrave the soldier, and Dennis Arundell the narrator. When A H Mann died in 1929, Ord was appointed organist of King's College and also of the University. In 1941 Ord rejoined the air force as a flight lieutenant. He returned to King's after the war. In the 1950s he began to decrease his workload. In 1957-58 David Willcocks took over as organist. Ord died at Cambridge on 30th December 1961. For further biographical details about Boris Ord, the reader is referred to the following published work, available by request from the Archivist: Memoir of Bernhard 'Boris' Ord, published in 1962 by the Council of King's College Cambridge.


1 archive box(es) (1 box) : paper and photographic print

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Related Materials

See also SCH/83 for Chorister recollections of Boris Ord.


Ord, Bernhard (1897-1961)

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Part of the Archive Centre, King's College, Cambridge Repository

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