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.

Winter sports

My colleagues in the Japanese Department recently put up an exhibition in and around the Anderson Room / AOI Pavilion,┬ácelebrating this year’s Winter Olympics. Of course this prompted me to think about music and winter sports – surely among our … Continue reading

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Hello, G’Day, Shalom

Sometimes you don’t always end up writing what you intended…This started out as a post for Australia Day 2018; but ended up as a rather different story. So how did MusiCB3 manage to travel from Poland to Sydney, via Canterbury … Continue reading

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The greatest show on earth

What do Bristol, Blackpool, Norwich & Great Yarmouth, Newcastle-under-Lyme, London, and Belfast & Derry have in common? They will be the focus throughout 2018 of Circus 250. It’s 250 years this year since the modern circus was born, when Newcastle-under-Lyme … Continue reading

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Farewell to 2017

The festivities have come and gone, and it’s a brand new year. Susi will be blogging later this month about all the exciting musical things we have to look forward to in 2018 including, I suspect, a few MusiCB3 teasers; … Continue reading

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The shipping forecast

Here in the Music Department, we were discussing Christmas traditions – Kate, who has spent time in Holland told us about Sinterklaas, Anna, originally from Belgium, then expanded on that. Sinterklaas traditionally arrives on a ship, along with his helpers … Continue reading

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Still discovering iDiscover?

The Farewell to Voyager post a few weeks ago prompted some further comments about iDiscover. So here’s a quick follow-up post about iDiscover, which, in the best Darwinian tradition, is constantly evolving.

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Doctor Who – the Cambridge connection

A few days ago I heard the news that Delia Derbyshire (1937-2001) had been posthumously awarded an honorary PhD from Coventry University. I’d known her name for many years, but hadn’t realised that she was a Cambridge alumna, attending Girton … Continue reading

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