Tag Archives: Cambridge Colleges

No joke

I noticed on Facebook on April 1st that many people were somewhat bemused by a YouTube announcement from King’s College. Recent regulations coupled with the broadcast of live performances from King’s meant that it would be impossible to continue using … Continue reading

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The Full English

The Full English, the world’s largest digital archive of English traditional music and dance, was recently launched. Over 58,000 items are included in the database, that has brought together and digitised archive collections from various archive holding institutions around the … Continue reading

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Concert programmes: University and College music societies

Music has always played a central role in the life of the University and its Colleges both as a practical art form and a subject of study (it has been a part of the syllabus since 1463). As a result, a rich variety of … Continue reading

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Cambridge manuscripts and RISM Sigla

RISM (Repertoire Internationale des Sources Musicales) has recently made an announcement about a new web site for their library sigla. RISM library sigla comprise three elements: a Country code (usually the same as used for motor vehicles), a Town code in … Continue reading

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“My beloved spook”: Patrick Hadley and a celebrated anthem

Amongst the holdings of Gonville and Caius College library is a little known collection of archival material relating to three sometime Caian composers: Charles Wood (1866-1926), Geoffrey Shaw (1879-1943), and Patrick Hadley (1899-1973). A recent project to draw up a … Continue reading

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Obsessed with Handel: Samuel Butler’s special collection

Many people have heard of the utopian satire Erewhon, but few are aware that its author, the Victorian polymath Samuel Butler (1835–1902), was driven to creativity by a lifelong obsession with George Frideric Handel. ‘Of all dead men Handel has … Continue reading

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From the other side of the fence

It was only after I had accepted the post of Librarian at Selwyn College that I realised I had landed a job right next door to the Music Faculty. I was delighted to discover that this had advantages, such as … Continue reading

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