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Carols with Knightsbridge Brass

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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

Your orchestra needs you!

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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...

ASW round-up

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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...

Congratulations!

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

“A very great master of music”

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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...

Darts, ruins, and a cimbalom

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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.

Are you ready?

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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...

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