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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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Lending Liberamente – the music hire partnership of Christ’s and Homerton

As a previous blogger has already pointed out, Cambridge is a musical city. There are numerous musical societies organising hundreds of concerts each year and so I thought that maybe the readers of this blog might be interested in a … Continue reading

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Hidden in the Stacks: Rediscovering Newnham’s Musical Collection

I am the graduate trainee at Newnham College library, a position I’ve been in since September. I’ve been blogging about my trainee year over at The Hobbit Hole. As a music graduate I’ve been following the MusiCB3 blog with interest … Continue reading

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The Peterhouse Partbooks : music at Cambridge in the early seventeenth century

The survival of 18 manuscript choir partbooks in the library of Peterhouse is an extraordinary historical and musicological tale. What they are, where they came from, and how they survived was the subject of a fascinating conference at the beginning … Continue reading

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