Author Archives: Kate

Aesthetic and poetic : Patience 140

Gilbert and Sullivan’s sixth comic opera, Patience, opened on 23rd April 1881 at London’s Opera Comique. Later the same year, on the 10th October, it was the first production to be shown at the newly opened Savoy Theatre.

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Hair-raising times : what to wear to the opera

What links Marie Antoinette, vaccinations, Gluck, a famous naval battle, and Parisian opera houses? A man named Léonard Autié. 

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Cristofori 290

Last month saw 290 years since the death of Bartolomeo Cristofori (4th May 1655 – 27th January 1731), the instrument maker who developed the gravicembalo col piano e forte, or “harpsichord with soft and loud” generally thought of as being … Continue reading

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Game of queens (and composers)

My latest lockdown watching has been the recent Netflix series, The Queen’s Gambit. Based on a novel by Walter Tevis, the show follows the story of chess prodigy, Beth Harmon. The popularity of The Queen’s Gambit has resulted in a … Continue reading

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Bring us sugar and tea and rum

Up until now, I had not been tempted to sign up to that most new-fangled of social media sites, TikTok. The latest craze on the site having just filtered through to me, however, I must admit it sounds more fun … Continue reading

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Christmas Coca Cola Can Choir Carry on Carolling

As we come to the end of ‘Bridgemas’ week and speed towards Advent, the Pendlebury is getting into the festive spirit! Read on to admire the library decorations…

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Pigeons and bees at the Crystal Palace

Time travel is by far the most practical and achievable sort of travel at the moment. Whilst a time lord might be tempted to zip forward a few years in the hope that the deficiencies of the present day will … Continue reading

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Welcome from the Music Libraries

The start of this academic year might be rather different from usual, but some things remain the same. As always at the beginning of Michaelmas Term, music library staff are very excited to welcome new students to Cambridge, and to … Continue reading

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Snap happy

Today’s post comes to you courtesy of a last-minute puncture. Staff have been gradually returning to the Pendlebury Library over the last couple of weeks, and this morning I was all ready to cycle over for my first day back … Continue reading

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Sounds of lockdown

A couple of weeks ago, Margaret was talking about how people seem to fall into two categories when it comes to background music – some who find it helpful to work to and some who need silence. Like Margaret, I … Continue reading

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