Blog: Education

Launch of the Holst Archive online

16. March 2017
Exciting news from the Britten-Pears Foundation.... The Britten-Pears Foundation is pleased to announce the completion of the Holst Archive Project and the launch of the new catalogue online, available to researchers through the Britten-Pears Foundation’s website. Funded by the National Cataloguing Grants Programme for Archives, the project has focused on the cataloguing of the Holst Archive collection, consisting primarily of...

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.

“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...

New music library for Leeds' cultural quarter

1. November 2016

In 2017, Leeds College of Music will be moving their music library to the Quarry Hill Skyline building, dramatically increasing the resources available to their students, and opening up their impressive facilities to the public.

The new library will house Leeds...

Happy New Year!

29. September 2016

For academic librarians throughout the UK and Ireland it's the start of another academic year. Over the next few weeks we'll see lots of eager new faces, often looking slightly scared along with worried looking final years. Some of the librarians are looking pretty worried too as they start library induction tours and talks; and plan user education. How can we make sure new readers appreciate the importance of our collections, and know what a library can do for them?

Then there are...

All the fun of the Fair

19. September 2016

Despite September’s impressive attempts to imitate our August heat wave, summer is finally over. Autumn has rolled in and schools and universities have resumed business as usual. Here at Westminster Music Library , however, we do not resent the end of summer. The beginning of the school year brings with it thousands of students, and many of them musicians. Did you know that there are five specialist music...

In a child’s mind

19. August 2016

Thanks from schoolchildren to David and Gill Munrow after an early music workshop.

The BBC over the last few years has tried to get children to become more involved in classical music. November 2014 saw the introduction of Ten Pieces, an initiative aimed initially at children of primary school age. There was a “Ten Pieces” prom in August 2015. With the success of the primary school programme the initiative was expanded in 2015...

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