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Jam, Jerusalem, and musical innovations

The very first branch of the Women’s Institute in the United Kingdom was formed 104 years ago this week in a small village with a very long name, Llanfair PG, on Anglesey. Originally formed in Canada in 1897, the WI … Continue reading

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Opera for all

One of the lesser known archives within the UL’s music collections is the Coates-Lloyd Archive. Edith Coates and her husband Harold Powell-Lloyd were opera singers, who started their careers at the Old Vic in the 1920’s. Powell-Lloyd gradually turned from … Continue reading

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High hopes

The previously mentioned Thistlethwaite archive throws a completely different light on the nature of amateur music making in the UK during the twentieth century,¬†showing that amateur operatic productions could be astonishingly daring and ambitious in their scope and design.¬†Lee Thistlethwaite’s … Continue reading

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