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Skaila Kanga papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7803

Scope and Contents

Collection contains materials collected by Skaila Kanga dating from approximately 1971 to 2005. Materials include concert programs both solo and ensemble, news clippings, promotional materials, festival brochures, photographs and publications of ensembles and orchestras Kanga participated in, including the Nash Ensemble. The collection also contains audiocassettes and compact discs of musical performances.


  • approximately 1971-2005


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Open to public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the Skaila Kanga papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Skaila Kanga (born January 8, 1946) is a freelance harpist and Head of Harp Studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, England.

Born in India, Skaila Kanga started to play the piano at the early age of five. At age seventeen, she chose to continue her music studies by switching to harp and studying under the direction of Tina Bonifacio, harpist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Kanga started off her professional career with the BBC Concert Orchestra, but soon furthered her work by freelancing with various London orchestras. In 1977, Kanga teamed up with the harmonica player, Tommy Reilly; the duo continued to perform for twenty-two years, giving concerts and making recordings. Also at that time Kanga joined the Nash Ensemble of which she dedicated twenty-five years of performances, premiering 32 new works and taking part in countless series at Wigmore Hall of London, England.

In addition to numerous performances both solo and ensemble, Kanga has recorded solo albums and has been credited on many film soundtracks. She is currently the principal harpist of St. Martins Orchestra, the Sinfonia of London, the London Mozart Players, and the LMP Chamber Ensemble.

Administrative History

The Nash Ensemble (established 1964) is an English chamber ensemble.


4 carton (4 linear ft.)


Original order of the collection has been maintained.

Custodial History

Donated by Skaila Kanga in 2005.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Skaila Kanga; 2005.


Prominent Harpists, (Section IV.a.i. International Harp Collection Development Policy January 2011).

Processing Information

Processed; Lynzi Phillips; April 2011. Processed; Melissa James; June 2011.

Register of Skaila Kanga papers
Lynzi Phillips
2011 April 19
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States