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the Percy Grainger Society

After Percy Grainger’s death, Ella Grainger continued to live at White Plains. Helping musicians locate performing material was a frequent demand, as was the hosting of scholarly research and an ever-increasing number of people, mainly musicians, who wanted to tour the house because of its historic significance. Ella tackled and began organizing the piles of Grainger papers, recordings, and memorabilia that surrounded her.

One of Ella’s early efforts to preserve Percy's legacy resulted in a New York State Regent’s charter for the Percy Grainger Library Society, granted provisionally in 1964, and permanently on September 26, 1969. The house was soon placed on the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places. Reflecting its broadening focus and membership, the organization later changed its name to the International Percy Grainger Society, and again in 2021 to the Percy Grainger Society.

In 1970, after a Grainger festival in London, biographers were starting to show interest. John Bird completed an extensive biography entitled Percy Grainger in 1982, revised 1989. Other books include:

Percy Grainger: The Inveterate Innovator  (1974) by Thomas C. Slattery  

The Farthest North of Humanness: Letters 1901-1914 by Percy Grainger (1985) by Kay Dreyfus

The New Percy Grainger Companion (2010) edited by Penelope Thwaites

Grainger the Modernist (2015) edited by Suzanne Robinson and Kay Dreyfus

In addition, a Source Guide to the Music of Percy Grainger was compiled by Thomas P. Lewis in 1990

The Percy Grainger Society Today

In June 2016, 7 Cromwell Place was toured by the newly created White Plains Historical Commission and designated a local landmark.  

The steadfast Percy Grainger Society board still holds its annual meeting each spring and various volunteers continue the work of maintaining the house and supporting Grainger’s musical legacy. To join in with this work, become a member here.

7 Cromwell Place, White Plains, NY 10601


Tel: (914) 281-1610

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