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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.

The spitting image

Why do people use music collections? The reasons may be a lot more varied than you might imagine. Most want to use them for the standard reasons – musical research or performance; but increasingly they’re also used across other subject … Continue reading

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Such sweet music

As many of you will know 2016 is the 600th anniversary of the founding of Cambridge University Library. In 600 years we’ve gone from owning three books about law to over 8 million items in a huge variety of languages, and of … Continue reading

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Coming to a library near you…

So, you’ve been away for the summer, you come back to university, and what do you find? Your friendly catalogue of choice, LibrarySearch, has vanished and there’s a brand new catalogue iDiscover instead. iDiscover has been introduced across the UL, … Continue reading

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In at the death

The other day I came across a classical music blog that was musing on the death of….classical music blogs. The online world has been prophesying the death of blogs for some time, I remember Twitter being hailed as sounding the … Continue reading

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To celebrate, to commemorate: The Great Fire of London

350 years ago today, the Great Fire broke out in London. Homes burned, livelihoods were destroyed, Londoners fled the fire with their most treasured possessions. The Great Fire of London being a favourite subject for school projects, it is always … Continue reading

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In a child’s mind

The BBC over the last few years has tried to get children to become more involved in classical music. November 2014 saw the introduction of Ten Pieces, an initiative aimed initially at children of primary school age. There was a “Ten Pieces” prom … Continue reading

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The Marion Scott Haydn Collection

Some time ago I blogged about Marion Scott, Haydn scholar and friend of Ivor Gurney. As has also been mentioned on this blog before, here at the UL we hold Marion Scott’s Haydn Collection. In fact it was Marion Scott … Continue reading

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