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Feeling terrified?

16. October 2017
“Have you got a piano reduction of the Bach Double?” “Do you have a set that goes with the Watkins Shaw Messiah?” “I’m looking for the Choral for easy piano” “Is the Robbins Landon Clock Urtext?” Do you panic when your readers come in with questions like that? Do you really know your Massenet from your Mass in A? Do you find yourself dealing with music materials but don’t have a musical background? Our course “Music for the Terrified” is just for you. Designed for those who dread those...

"Sing, Belgians, sing!" - Elgar and Belgium

10. October 2017

The Music Library at the Library of Birmingham looks at a "local" composer.......

Tunes of the Munster Pipers: Live in London

5. October 2017

Some exciting news from ITMA (the Irish Traditional Music Archive). Tonight (Thursday 5th October 2017) at 19:30 there will be a concert of music & songs selected from the 19th century Canon James Goodman Irish Music Manuscript Collection. Featuring Aoife Ní Bhriain , fiddle,...

Simon Rattle exhibition at Barbican Music Library

29. September 2017

To mark Sir Simon Rattle ’s first season as Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), and to celebrate a career spanning almost half a century, Barbican Music Library is hosting a free exhibition entitled Rattle. It features contributions from his family...

Launching the Welsh Music Archive

25. September 2017

At a special ceremony on Friday, 22 September , The National Library of Wales launched its Welsh Music Archive Programme in the presence of the folk music expert and Library benefactor, Phyllis Kinney.

Phyllis Kinney and her daughter Eluned were present at the Friday launch where Maredudd ap Huw and I gave a presentation to the Board on the musical collections here and the plans for the future. Members of Côr y Gen (National Library of Wales staff choir) also...

News flash from CYM

18. August 2017

Good news from CYM (Community and Youth Music) Library based in Hornsey Library in Haringey. They have been very fortunate recently to have received a grant to purchase contemporary music for our stock. This has been made possible by the Radcliffe Trust . It should all now be on Encore 21 , but this was a chance to spread the good news. They are now even more ready than usual to help with requests for...

Manchester celebrates World Music Day

3. August 2017

World Music Day in Manchester Central Library

21 st June 2017

World Music Day, or as is it known in France, Fete de la Musique originated in France in 1982. It was the brainchild of Jack Lang, the Minister of Culture and composer Maurice Fleuret, who he appointed as director of Music and Dance in 1981. The slogan for this annual...

Make Music Day 2017 at Westminster Music Library

22. June 2017

Smiles on Make Music Day UK 2017

It all started 35 years ago in France...

In 1982, staff at the Ministry of Culture dreamed up an idea for a new kind of musical holiday. They imagined a day where free, live music would be everywhere: street corners and parks, rooftops and gardens, store fronts and mountaintops.

And, unlike a typical music festival,...

Making Music

15. June 2017

Music libraries and institutions across the country are going to be busy for the next few weeks with BBC Music Day 2017 today (June 15th), and "Make Music Day" next week on Wednesday 21st June.

As part of BBC Music Day, in Cambridgeshire English Pocket Opera performed on a punt, and a blue plaque commemorating Syd Barrett, founder member of Pink Floyd, went up on the former Cambridge School of Art (now Anglia Ruskin...

At the ASW 2017

17. May 2017
Home from home in Exeter

Being a member of the Conference Committee, I knew what the programme for the IAML (UK & Irl) Annual Study Weekend in Exeter looked like but of course it only comes alive when you’re there. I missed the previous ASW in Manchester so I was really looking forward to catching up with old friends and meeting some new ones!

One of my roles on the Conference Committee is to administer the ‘...

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