Cambridge University Library has had materials of composers for some time, and the most prominent examples have dedicated web pages: see the overview at University Library composer archives . About 18 months ago I had the idea of starting to ask the composers of the Faculty of Music whether they would like to give us some of their scores. This was based on the observation that a lot of living composers have opted for self-publishing. I was also casting my mind back to the times when I studied composition (don’t ask!), and it was very difficult to obtain copies of some of the music my composition teachers had written.
John Hopkins kindly gave us some of his scores and recordings, and these are now accessible: see the catalogue records for ‘Hopkins, John, 1949 -. ‘ We also have an extra copy for the University Library for archival and preservation purpose – which will still need to be processed there. Until then: explore John’s music!
If you have a connection with Cambridge University or Cambridge, and would like to deposit some of your music, please let us know. We are in the process of acquiring and cataloguing more Cambridge composers, and if you are missing any works by any composers, please get in touch, or comment below.