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Say it with Music – exhibition celebrates the people and places that have shaped jazz

24. April 2017

An exhibition – Say it with Music – is being held at The Forum, Southend in May as the culmination of the National Jazz Archive Intergenerational Jazz Reminiscence Project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

It explores how different generations have promoted, performed, supported, and documented our jazz heritage. Visitors will be able to relate interviews and memories recorded throughout the project to their own experience of...

New-look Encore at the ASW

13. April 2017

At the ASW on Friday 7th April, a new and revised version of Encore, the go-to site for orchestral or vocal sets in the UK, was premiered; the fruit of several months work by a number of people.

There are lots of advantages to the new Encore-21 . Most importantly, the software has been updated, so enabling easier searching. During the updating process existing data was converted to MARC21 and cleaned-up, with many incorrect field usages...

Are you ready?

4. April 2017

It's that time of year again... IAML UK & Ireland's Annual Study Weekend will be starting this Friday (7th April) in Exeter, and running until Sunday. As usual there's a range of subjects to suit all music librarian tastes from the impact of music on everyday life to the extreme cataloguers of the Gerald Coke Handel Collection, learn more about RDA, visit a variety of libraries, learn how to brush up your CV skills, and chat to some of the friendliest librarians in the country. Lots more...

Launch of the Holst Archive online

16. March 2017
Exciting news from the Britten-Pears Foundation.... The Britten-Pears Foundation is pleased to announce the completion of the Holst Archive Project and the launch of the new catalogue online, available to researchers through the Britten-Pears Foundation’s website. Funded by the National Cataloguing Grants Programme for Archives, the project has focused on the cataloguing of the Holst Archive collection, consisting primarily of...

Darts, ruins, and a cimbalom

8. March 2017

Very occasionally being a music librarian can take you to the most unexpected places. I've recently returned from a trip to Basel prompted by a production of a new ballet, Robin Hood , choreographed by British choreographer, Richard Wherlock , the Director and Chief Choreographer of Ballett Basel. So, what was the connection with my usual life in Cambridge University Library's Music Department? Music for the ballet was primarily by British composers, and included two, whose archives we hold here - William Alwyn and Sir Arthur Bliss . London in the 1960s, John Barry and Arthur Bliss, dartboards and the Kray Twins...I had to find out what it was about.

“A very great master of music”

21. February 2017

This was the headline grabbing news in The Post Boy for the 26 th November 1695 on the death of composer Henry Purcell. Recognised as one of the greatest English composers, Purcell was universally mourned. But we wanted to celebrate his musical achievements rather than lament his death, not only as a prolific composer but also as a lifelong resident of Westminster.

So in time honoured fashion, the Music Library Team, together with a little help from some...

Congratulations!

16. February 2017

Many congratulations to Nottingham City Council, who have won Best Local Authority Arts Initiative for Nottingham Performing Arts Library Service ( NPALS ).

What Next? and the National Campaign for the Arts have come together to create the Hearts for the...

ASW round-up

13. February 2017

A quick reminder of all things ASW.....

Reed Hall, Exeter University. ASW 2017

The Annual Study Weekend will take place at Reed Hall, Exeter University between the 7th and 9th April, 2017. You can see the full draft programme here . There's something for everyone whether you're interested in Extreme Cataloguing or baffled by non-print legal deposit. There'll be visits to a range of libraries...

Your orchestra needs you!

25. January 2017

One of the things we can be justly proud of is our rich culture of amateur orchestras and choral societies. From the smallest villages to the largest cities, these bring music to audiences throughout the year. Where do they source their performance material? From music libraries! And how do we value our music libraries? Well, to judge by the activities of too many local authorities, very little or not at all.

Many of us play or sing...

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

23. December 2016

A very Merry Christmas to IAML (UK & Irl) members and followers everywhere. May you have a wonderful holiday season, and a happy, healthy and musical New Year.

Here is the Opal Flutes flute choir having fun at Westminster Music Library. You can hear a selection of their music here .

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