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“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 .

Carols with Knightsbridge Brass

22. December 2016

More festive events at Westminster Music Library - carolling with Knightsbridge Brass.

Carols at Westminster Music Library with Knightsbridge Brass

A festive tuba

Merry Christmas to one and all

Christmas at Westminster Music Library

14. December 2016

As usual it's a busy Christmas at Westminster Music Library. Let's start off with a musical party for the Under-Fives...

Festive fun with the Under-Fives

It's Christmas!

Are you on Santa's list?

The perils of being a webmaster

14. December 2016

If you enjoy watching paint dry, read on ...

Those of you who avidly watch the website for new content will have been just a little disconcerted when you found that the site was offline for around 48 hours recently. You didn't notice? Ah well, there's another illusion shattered.

The old website

First, a little background. Our website was created by Julie Crawley in 1995 on an Exeter University server as a 'hard-coded' HTML site; it later moved with her to Oxford...

Christmas in Edinburgh

13. December 2016

And here are the festive folk at Edinburgh Central Library (Christmas 2015)

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