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Music Through The Ages / What's the score at Bodleian
« on: January 11, 2012, 04:46:58 pm »
The Bodleian have a crowsourcing project going to describe their digitised sheet music collection see

Making Music / Music and the noise regulations
« on: August 23, 2011, 02:18:51 pm »
BBC has just published their internal guidance on ensuring musicians are not exposed to noise levels likely to breach Health and Safety regs see

Proms / Promenaders' Musical Charities 2011
« on: May 24, 2011, 04:24:35 pm »
Since not everyone follows the FoR3 boards, thought I'd just point out

4 (requires flash). Recordings back to 1900 including 1919 Victrola Book of the Opera in an interactive version with links to the related recordings

Making Music / Music and bell ringing
« on: March 25, 2011, 11:01:35 am »
We had a bit of a discussion in the 2012 Cultural Olympiad about the use of church bells in compositions.  I learn from today's Ringing World that Gregory Rose has composed a new evening service for the centenary of that newspaper which will be performed at St Pancras Church as part of the London Festival of Contemproary Church Music, broadcast live on Radio 3 on 11 May as that week's Choral Evensong.  The setting incorporates various individual named changes, and sections of methods.  I don't feel I can reproduce the whole article here, but if anyone's interested, send me a PM.

News and Current Affairs / Pletnev reportedly arrested in Thailand
« on: July 07, 2010, 10:29:21 am »
[url][/ur].  May prompt a change to Prom 44.

Literature and Poetry / Sassoon archive
« on: June 11, 2010, 11:38:35 am »
Staff at the University Library, Cambridge, are writing a blog about the work they are doing to catalogue and preserve Sassoon's papers, acquired by the university last year.

News and Current Affairs / Stanley Vann 1910 - 2010
« on: March 29, 2010, 01:34:20 pm »
Sadly, just over a month after his 100th birthday, organist, composer and choir trainer Stanley Vann died on 27 March after a fall in which he broke his hip a week earlier.

Proms / 2010 rumours
« on: March 10, 2010, 05:10:33 pm »
We already know there'll be lots of opera over the first few nights.

Last night at the Noel Coward theatre (went to watch Enron), the programme had an interview with Stephen Sondheim (about to turn 80) which rather gave the game away that Saturday 31 July will be a Sondheim evening of some sort (not clear if it will be a selection a la last year's MGM musicals, or a complete performance)

See Guardian report, BL's press release and the recordings themselves are avaialble from here.

Cinema / Stories behind the (war) films
« on: September 03, 2009, 02:44:45 pm »
As part of the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Second World War, The National Archives has just released the first in a series of videocasts looking at the archival records behind various war films.  See the press release for more information, and a link to the first videocast.

Apologies if you all know abou tthis already, but there what seems like quite a nifty search facility for the BL music manuscript collection, and that of about 60 other other Uk and Irish libraries, you can even search by the first few notes of a piece.

News and Current Affairs / Richard Hickox has died
« on: November 24, 2008, 11:32:46 am »
Don't seem to have an obit board here, but this is clsoest to where they tended to end up on the old boards.

Hickox has died aged 60, BBC announcement here.

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