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

10. October 2017

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

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...

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 ‘...

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...

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...

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.

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