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E.T. Bryant Memorial Prize

12. December 2018

Established in the 1994–1995 year, the E.T. Bryant Memorial Prize is awarded for a...

A song for the season

11. December 2018

Corelli’s Christmas Concerto was so called as it bears the inscription ‘ Fatto per la notte di Natale’ (‘made for the night of Christmas'). The portrait of Francesco Geminiani by Andrea Soldi, now in the Gerald Coke Handel Collection at the Foundling Museum, was painted in about 1735, depicts the composer holding a copy of the Christmas Concerto, in tribute to his famous teacher.

Katharine Hogg,

Gerald Coke Handel Collection, The Foundling Museum...

Bursaries available for 2019 IAML (UK & Irl) ASW

5. December 2018

As many of you are aware, IAML (UK & Irl) will be holding their Annual Study Weekend this year, 12-14 April 2019 at the University of Leicester College Court. The Music Libraries Trust is pleased to award a limited number of bursaries to students and library staff who would like to attend the ASW. Priority is given to those who would otherwise be unable to attend and who have no other sources of funding. Both full and part bursaries are available, which...

New Encore21 Training and Support

28. November 2018

Encore21 is a searchable online union catalogue of performance sets of vocal and orchestral music in UK libraries and music institutions. It is a project of IAML (UK & Irl); established with support from the British Library Co-operation and Partnership Programme and the Music Libraries Trust; hosted by Bibliotekenes IT...

A celebration of women in jazz

27. November 2018

A celebration of Women in Jazz

A new free exhibition at Barbican Music Library entitled Women in Jazz – a Celebration of the Past, Present and Future , a collaboration with the National Jazz Archive, presents a musical and social survey of the rich contribution women have made to jazz over the last 100...

The National Brass Band Archive

20. August 2018

Hello Music Librarians! I am writing to you today from BBE’s HQ in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. We’ve had a bit of a hectic couple of months of late, not least because in May we took on the custodianship of the National Brass Band Archive - which includes an extensive music library.

The...

The Hybrid Music Library: User format preferences at Leeds College of Music Library

10. August 2018

Megan Dyson

This post is a brief synopsis of my presentation at this year's ASW on my MA dissertation research on the hybrid music library. The ‘hybrid library’ is defined as a library with a mix of traditional print collections and online resources....

A rare glimpse behind the scenes at Abbey Road Studios

22. May 2018

Barbican Music Library’s current exhibition is the result of a collaboration with Abbey Road Studios and acclaimed rock photographer, Jill Furmanovsky, who has been closely associated with the Studios for over four decades. Inside Abbey Road Studios: Through the Lens of Jill Furmanovsky showcases Jill’s iconic photographs from 1975, when she photographed Pink Floyd during the legendary Wish You Were Here recording sessions in Studio 3, through to her more recent work as Abbey Road’...

A (insert collective noun here) of music librarians

23. April 2018

I spent part of the Easter holidays in beautiful Edinburgh attending the annual IAML (pronounced Yam-ull, rhymes with camel) Annual Study Weekend. The UK and Ireland branch of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (Archives and Documentation Centres were added to make the title more inclusive in 1980, hence...

Libraries Reaching out to Distance Learners

23. April 2018

At this year’s IAML UK and Ireland Annual Study Weekend, I agreed to offer a ‘quick-fire’ session about a project that I carried out in 2017, investigating the provision of library instruction and support to distance-learners. It’s something I undertook as part of the Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Arts Education, through my own place of employment, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The certificate was offered using blended learning pedagogy, combining...

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