ASW 2022 Programme

Annual Study Weekend
1-3 April 2022
St Anne’s College, Oxford
Scheduled Programme (updated 25 March)

With the exception of Friday and Saturday afternoon tours, all sessions will take place at St Anne’s College

Friday 1 April

From 14:00: registration at St Anne’s College

Educational visits:

  • Bodleian Music Library 14:30
  • Bodleian Music Library 15:30
  • Oxford Public Library Music Library 15:30

17:10 Welcome to the ASW

17:30 Paper 1: Curating Beethoven in a time of corona. Rupert Ridgewell, British Library, London
A presentation on the trials and tribulations of putting together the British Library’s new Beethoven Exhibition during the pandemic.

18:30-19:30 Dinner

19:45 Paper 2: Some notes on the history of music in Oxford. Peter Ward Jones (former Music Librarian, Bodleian Library, Oxford)

Saturday 2 April

07:30-08:50 Breakfast

09:00-09:30 News and Updates session I
Your chance to report developments in your library service. If you would like to speak during this session, please contact John Wagstaff.

09:30 Paper 3: Ralph Vaughan Williams and Oxford University Press. Simon Wright, OUP
2022 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Ralph Vaughan Williams. This paper will explore the details of the composer’s relationship with his principal music and literary publisher Oxford University Press, which started with Vaughan Williams’s involvement as Music Editor of The English Hymnal (1906), was consolidated when OUP formed its own music publishing department in 1923 under Hubert Foss, and continued until Vaughan Williams’s death in 1958.

1015 Paper 4: The ‘Internet of Musical Events’ [InterMusE]: a project to capture the history of live performance. Charlotte Armstrong, University of York
Live musical events play a vital role in community life across the globe, yet they often leave only faint traces on the historical record, even in modern times. Sources can be tantalisingly incomplete, confusingly inconsistent, and often scattered between different archives and collections, if preserved at all. InterMusE will make possible new ways of capturing and, crucially, linking different forms of data around musical events to form a dynamic, open-access digital archive.

10:50-11:15 Coffee/tea break

11:15-12:00 Music and copyright: an introduction and refresher. Presented by members of the IAML (UK & Irl) Trade & Copyright Committee.
Simon Wright (Oxford University Press) and Chris Scobie (British Library, London) go back to basics with music copyright. What is it? In what different ways might it apply to music? And what are the implications for how people use scores, books and recordings? This session will provide an introduction and refresher on the fundamentals as well as advice on where to go for help. Got a burning question? Please feel free to submit any in advance and Simon and Chris will attempt to provide an answer.

12:00-12:45 Quick Fire Discussion Groups
Flex your music library brain by joining a couple of 15-minute interactive sessions! Choose from the following:

  • An introduction to international IAML Rupert Ridgewell, IAML Vice-President
  • Creating a digital presence for your music collections Jonathan Frank, Royal College of Music
  • Running a composer archive Nick Clark, Britten-Pears Archive
  • The antiquarian music trade Colin Coleman, Colin Coleman Music

12:45-13:45 Lunch

Educational visits: (i) Christ Church Library, St Aldate’s; (ii) Bate Collection of Historical Musical Instruments, Oxford University Music Faculty; (iii) Music Faculty Library.

Tour times are: 14:30 15:30 16:15

17:15-18:15 Preliminary discussions of constitutional changes to be proposed at the AGM in 2022. Led by members of the Executive Committee.
Please note: this is not the Annual General Meeting itself; that will be held online at 14.30 on 4th May. Invitations to attend have been sent out to members. For enquiries or missing invitations please contact the General Secretary.

18:30-19:00 Wine reception

19:00-20:45 Dinner (formal)

20:45-          Bar/Free time; to include a music quiz created by Geoff Thomason.

Sunday 3 April

07:30-08:50 Breakfast

09:00-09:30 News and Updates session II

09:30 Paper 5: Cataloguing and classification ethics, and their impact on music cataloguing Dr Deborah Lee, University College London
As well as discussing theoretical aspects of cataloguing and classification ethics, this session will examine some specifically musical contexts and scenarios.

10:10 Paper 6: Distant music: working with student researchers in a pandemic. Hope Williard, University of Lincoln
This presentation shares the journey of two first-time research supervisors in supporting student research on Lincoln Cathedral's music collections, our original project goals, and how we moved the project online due to the pandemic.

10:45-11:15 Coffee/tea break (with biscuits)

11:15-11:45 Paper 7: From wax cylinder to digital: a 160-year journey. Antony Gordon (formerly of the British Library Sound Archive)
What is sound, and how do we capture it? This brief survey looks at the history of sound recording from its beginnings in the 1860s, through discs and tapes, to today's digital landscape.

11:45-12.45 Roundtable on the current state of audiovisual collections in music libraries. Moderated by Richard Jones, Barbican Music Library. Speakers to include Martin Cullingford, Editor and Publisher of Gramophone magazine and Steve Smith, Founder of Gimell Records. Your own contributions invited!
To coincide with the 40th anniversary year of the compact disc’s launch, this roundtable discussion will explore the current state of audiovisual collections in music libraries.

12:45-13:00 Summing up and closing remarks.

13:00-14:00 Fork Buffet