Author Archives: mj263

About mj263

Music Collections Supervisor at Cambridge University Library. Wide musical interests. Often to be found stuck in a composer's archive, or enthusing about antiquarian music.

To celebrate, to commemorate: ENSA and CEMA

Here at MusiCB3, we were sorry to hear last week of the death of Dame Vera Lynn, at the grand old age of 103. Lockdown seems to have been a time for old folk doing extraordinary things – the achievements … Continue reading

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Musical reads

Regular readers of MusiCB3 may remember a post a while back about music for revision. Some people love having music in the background while they work, to some it’s important that it should (or should not) have words. Others find … Continue reading

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A (virtual) evening at the Black Bear

Welcome to all our MusiCB3 followers to this reconstruction of a concert which took place here in Cambridge on Tuesday 18 February 1806, given by members of the Black Bear Music Club, based at the inn of that name off Shoemaker’s Row … Continue reading

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Music for the mind

This week has been Mental Health Awareness Week across the University. As many of you are aware, Cambridge University runs a week every year promoting well-being. There is usually a stunning range of short courses, leisure activities, and tours available; … Continue reading

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Songs of the Liberation for VE Day

The Chadwyck-Healey Liberation Collection (1944-46) consists mainly of books, but also contains a number of French and English songs and music scores, some with striking illustrations. They appear either as individual leaflets or as part of larger compilations, including the lyrics and in some cases notated … Continue reading

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Open all hours

It’s been a strange month for everyone. For the Music Collections teams at the UL and the Pendlebury, in common with librarians across Cambridge, we’ve had to get used to new ways of working. Most of us have been working … Continue reading

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Penderecki : a virtual celebration

Here at MusiCB3, we were saddened to hear of the death last weekend of composer, Krzysztof Penderecki. Born in 1933, Penderecki grew up in Dębica in Southern Poland. After studying in Krakow, at the Jagiellonian University and the Academy of … Continue reading

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A message from the music team

Dear all, With Cambridge University Library and the Faculty and Departmental Libraries now closed to the public you can find information on how to access Library services during this time on the regularly updated FAQs section: https://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/news/coronavirus-faqs Temporary online access … Continue reading

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Happy leap (birth) day

How many people do you know who can (this year), go up to their sibling on 29th February and say “Happy 44th and (oh, yeah), 11th Birthday too, big bro.” Having a birthday every four years means it’s much cheaper … Continue reading

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The face that launched…

The British Museum is coming to the end of its current exhibition, Troy : Myth and Reality in a few weeks time. I visited it recently, and was delighted to find a poster in the exhibition, that had links with … Continue reading

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