Countdown to Christmas – Day 25

You can never have too much Messiah. A very Happy Christmas to music librarians and their readers everywhere. May you have a wonderful festive season, and a music-filled New Year. See you in 2016! Thanks to Paul Nash and the librarians of Oxford University for welcoming Christmas in style.

Countdown to Christmas – Day 23

Examine the manuscript of Handel’s Messiah. Although the full score hasn’t been digitised yet, much of the Christmas music has been photographed, and you can listen to the festive chorus For unto us a child is born. Courtesy of the British Library.

Countdown to Christmas – Day 22

Listening to carols in Padstow on the phone – A lovely interview about bygone Christmases from the Bob & Jacqueline Patten English Folk Music Collection at the BL : And how does this connect to Stargazy pie? Listen to the interview.

Countdown to Christmas – Day 20

“The People’s Collection, Wales” is a fascinating online collection of items from museums, archives, libraries, and individuals in the Principality. A Christmas postcard from “Jack” of the 38th (Welsh) Division to “Edie” was part of an exhibition commemorating the Welsh experience in the First World War, a project led by the National Library of Wales. Perhaps, slightly…

Countdown to Christmas – Day 19

Christmas Day in the Workhouse. This gloomy poem was a stalwart of the Victorian Christmas fireside. There’s a rather jollier parody in the British Library’s collections –

Countdown to Christmas – Day 18

Miners singing Christmas carols underground at Bersham Colliery, Rhostyllen, Wrexham. Courtesy of the National Archives, UK. Have a look at their wonderful Flickr page –

Countdown to Christmas – Day 14

The Hathi Trust’s pages can be a great way of finding some more obscure Christmas musical fare. How about Liza Lehmann’s No candle was there or the festive children’s operetta The trial of John and Jane? It struck me having a quick search for Christmas music on their site, that there is a huge wealth of musical…

Countdown to Christmas – Day 13

Fascinating blogpost from New College Library, Edinburgh, about the festive treasures in their hymnology collection:

Countdown to Christmas – Day 12

A selection of unusual Christmas music from the British Music Collection : –

Countdown to Christmas – Day 11

More singing in the library. This time courtesy of the librarians of the University of St. Andrews. The carol was taken from a text held in their Rare Books Collection.

Countdown to Christmas – Day 10

Christmas at Westminster Music Library There will be a seasonal event on December 15th at Westminster Music Library, for more details see Joint Force Christmas. With thanks to Ruth Walters and the staff of Westminster Music Library.

Countdown to Christmas – Day 8

A recording courtesy of the Norwegian Institute of Recorded Sound’s 2009 Advent Calendar. The Star of Bethlehem by Stephen Adams was hugely popular in the early twentieth century. Less well known is Stephen Adams’ connection with a notorious murder case – the Maybrick poisoning. Adams was the brother of the victim, James, who was also a suspect in…

Countdown to Christmas – Day 7

The British Library celebrates a Victorian Christmas –

Countdown to Christmas – Day 6

December, this year, is a month of musical feasts with Christmas towards the end. But first, it’s Happy Hanukkah from the Judaica Sound Archive at the Recorded Sound Archives of Florida Atlantic University

Countdown to Christmas – Day 4

A few weeks ago I was trying to sort out the blogging rota. As the MusiCB3 bloggers headed off for their Christmas breaks I was left with the Yuletide blog that will take us into the New Year. I thought I knew exactly what I was going to blog about – something festive, perhaps traditional Christmas…

Countdown to Christmas – Day 3

Christmas with the Under-5’s at Westminster Music Library With thanks to Ruth Walters and the staff of Westminster Music Library (especially Santa!)

Countdown to Christmas – Day 2

If you don’t use a library that often you might think that they are quiet, studious places. They are most of the time, but there’s always room for some Christmas festivities, such as this performance of an old Spanish carol by the Manchester Community Choir at Manchester Central Library…. For a performance in a really…

Countdown to Christmas – Day 1

Christmas at the Royal Academy of Music. “Here’s one I made earlier”. Rebecca Nye created this natty Christmas tree from a used Vistaflex roll and green paper tape.