ASW, 17-19 April 2020, Weetwood Hall, University of Leeds — Draft programme

Music happens in performance

All sessions take place in the Cookridge Suite, unless otherwise stated.

Friday 17th April 2020

13.00   ASW check-in Sun Room.
15.00    Rooms check-in Main Hotel Desk.

Conference opening

15:30   Welcome to the ASW
15:45   Speed-Networking
A guided activity for delegates to meet each other and share short pieces of information about their institutions and roles. Prompts will be provided in advance of the ASW.


16:15   From concept to publication.
Phil Croydon – Head of Editorial, Music Department, Oxford University Press

17:00   Bringing National Library of Scotland music collections to life through performance
Almut Boehme – National Library of Scotland.

Welcome reception — wine and soft drinks

17:45   Welcome to first time attendees Headingley Breakout​
18:00   Greetings form the President Headingley Breakout​
18:30   Buffet dinner Woodland Restaurant

19:00   Lecture recital
George Kennaway – Former principal cello of Opera North and historical performance practice scholar.

20:30   Adjourn for Quiz in the onsite pub

Saturday 18th April 2020

Offsite professional activities. (Coach provided)

09.30   Leave Weetwood

10.00   Simultaneous sessions exploring different aspects of music librarianship in different types of Leeds libraries. These parallel sessions will be on location and will include a tour.

  • Session A: Leeds Central Library.
  • Session B: Leeds College of Music.
  • Session C: The Leeds Library.
  • Session D: Leeds University Treasures Gallery.
  • Session E: Opera North Archives.

11.00   Return to Weetwood, and Break time

11.45   Panel session. The library as performance space.

  • Family & Lifelong Learning Manager – Opera North
  • Collections and Engagement Manager (Rare Books and Maps) – Leeds University Library
  • Make Music Day / Sofar Sounds – Leeds Central Library
  • Get it Loud in Libraries – Kirklees Libraries

13:00   Buffet lunch Headingley Breakout

14.00   IAML (UK & Ireland) Annual General Meeting followed by
14.30   Presentation of C.B. Oldman and E.T. Bryant prizes.

15.00   Poster break. An extended break with opportunities to discuss posters with their creators, as well as adding post-it comments for the Hot Topics discussion. Large posters providing news, information and best practice examples in the field of Music Librarianship will be on display for the duration of the ASW. Pin Boards courtesy of Leeds Central Library.

15.45   Hot topics
Facilitated open floor discussion drawing from pre-submitted delegate comments about what’s currently going on in music libraries, as well as reflection on topics covered in the first 24 hours of the ASW.


16.30   Brassed on : the development and resourcing of brass bands
Kenneth Crookston – CEO Brass Band England​

Reception and Dinner

19.00   Reception — wine and soft drinks — sponsored by Cramer Music Jacobean Lobby
19.30   Annual Dinner Jacobean Room

Sunday 19th April 2020

09.15   Elevator Pitch Updates
Cut-to-the-chase technology-free updates from ASW delegates that are quicker than the hotel’s lift.

Paper: Born digital scores

09.45   From print to digital: digital sheet music collecting in UK legal deposit libraries.
Dr Amelie Roper, Cambridge University

10.30   Break Headingley Breakout

11.00   The Light Music Society: library and resources​
Speaker to be confirmed – Trustee of the Light Music Society.

Breakout session

11.45   Sectoral breakout groups.
An opportunity for delegates to discuss topics relevant to their sectors with colleagues. Details to be announced in advance of the ASW.

Conference wrap-up

Short previews for Big IAML 2020 and ASW 2021. Messages from the Branch President and Conference Chair.

13.00   Buffet lunch Woodland Restaurant