Tag Archives: William Alwyn Archive

Darts, ruins, and a cimbalom

Very occasionally being a music librarian can take you to the most unexpected places. I’ve recently returned from a trip to Basel prompted by a production of a new ballet, Robin Hood, choreographed by British choreographer Richard Wherlock, the Director and … 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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For education, entertainment, and inspiration : the world of documentary film

The summer of 2015 marks 70 years since the first atom bomb test took place at the Trinity site in the deserts of New Mexico, followed within a few weeks by the bombs being dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Thinking … Continue reading

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At the event: The William Alwyn Festival

Last weekend I travelled down to Suffolk for the William Alwyn Festival situated in and around Southwold. The Festival is now in its fourth year. As well as promoting the work of Alwyn himself, the Festival concentrates on the work of … Continue reading

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For the benefit of musical education…

In 1889 Sir Alexander Mackenzie, Principal of the Royal Academy of Music, proposed to Sir George Grove, Director of the Royal College of Music, that the two institutions should combine to create an examining body “inspired by disinterested motives for … Continue reading

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The Scottish viola

I was very excited when the UL recently received a brand new William Alwyn related recording. As William Alwyn archivist it’s always thrilling to hear new recordings, but this one is quite special. Called The Scottish viola, the cd is a tribute … Continue reading

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