A serendipitous discovery
This remarkable collection of sheet music from the early 19th century to 1970s, came close to destruction on a couple of occasions if it hadn’t been for the efforts of Mark Rowles, a former employee of Chappell Music. In 1980, as the renowned music publisher was relocating from the offices they had occupied on New Bond Street since 1811, Mark spotted builders filling skips with filing cabinets of sheet music as part of the clear out. Horrified, Mark decided to jump in and rescue the precious stone lithographs from amongst the rubble. Thirty years later, the archive had wound up in a lorry park in Harlow under the guardianship of Faber Music. On discovering this, Mark decided to go with his longstanding artist friend James Knowles to rescue the collection once again. Through digital innovations, they breathed new life into the images and Art Inspired by Music was born. Thanks to Mark and James, these extraordinary works can now be owned and enjoyed for many more years to come. Shop the full collection.