IL TRITTICO …or missing middles

The RNCM Library easier than ever Christmas Quiz 2018

Supply the missing middle element from each group of three – some musical, some not

1. The Fellowship of the Ring       __________________     The Return of the King

2. Regeneration                                ________________________    The Ghost Road

3. The Fourth of August                 ________________________    For the Fallen

4. Asie                                                  ­­­________________________     L’Indifférent

5. Rod                                                   ________________________    Freddy

6. Emerson                                         ________________________    Palmer

7. Joy                                                    ­­­­­________________________    Babs

8. A barge on the Seine                 ________________________    Florence

9. Star Wars                                        ________________________    Return of the Jedi

10. Le Matin                                       ________________________    Le Soir

11. Hereford                                      ________________________    Worcester

12. Shem                                             ________________________    Japheth

13. Yum-Yum                                     ________________________    Peep-Bo

14. Weisheit                                       ________________________    Natur

15. I – 1189-1199                              ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­________________________    III – 1483-1485

16. Rag                                                 ________________________    Bobtail

17. Goneril                                          ________________________    Cordelia

18. K.543                                              ________________________    K.551

19. Mad Hatter                                 ________________________    March Hare

20. Winston Churchill                     ________________________    Adam Smith

21. Energy                                           ______________________ Speed of light squared

22. Woglinde                                     ________________________    Flosshilde

23. Davis                                              ________________________    Barclay

24. Gold                                               ________________________     Myrrh

25. Athos                                             ________________________    Aramis

Geoff Thomason, Royal Northern College of Music

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Christmas in Oxford

The Christmas season is the busiest time of the year for the Oxford University Press Music Hire Library – scores, parts, and vocal scores for carol orchestrations and Christmas music literally fly through the door.  We thought we’d celebrate by making a festive film.

Busy library elves at OUP’s Music Hire Library

Season’s greetings to all music library colleagues!

Simon Wright
Head of Rights & Contracts, Music, Oxford University Press

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E.T. Bryant Memorial Prize

IAML 2Established in the 1994–1995 year, the E.T. Bryant Memorial Prize is awarded for a significant contribution to the literature of music information fields; namely, those professions found within libraries, museums, archives and records management. Award applications are welcome from any of the following: Library and Information Science students (or group of students), postgraduate researchers, and music information professionals who are in the first five years of their career employment. The prize worth £300 is awarded at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres, United Kingdom & Ireland Branch (IAML UK & Irl).

The closing date for applications is: MONDAY 7th JANUARY 2019

The application can be found here:–-entry-form

After completing the online form, applicants must then email their paper to Charity Dove at:

Further details about the prize, including full terms & conditions and a brief biography of E.T. Bryant, can be found here:

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A song for the season

5238, Geminiani BAL_84534Corelli’s Christmas Concerto was so called as it bears the inscription ‘Fatto per la notte di Natale’ (‘made for the night of Christmas’). The portrait of Francesco Geminiani by Andrea Soldi, now in the Gerald Coke Handel Collection at the Foundling Museum, was painted in about 1735, depicts the composer holding a copy of the Christmas Concerto, in tribute to his famous teacher.

Katharine Hogg,
Gerald Coke Handel Collection, The Foundling Museum

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It’s nearly 2019…

Bookings are now open for the 2019 IAML (UK & Irl) Annual Study Weekend. The booking form can be accessed from the IAML (UK & Irl) website at

The Conference Committee is looking forward to welcoming delegates to Leicester for the 2019 Annual Study Weekend. The 2019 programme will bring the usual balance of practical music librarianship, musicology and best practice. The ASW is a great place to keep up to date with developments in music librarianship and to meet colleagues from across the UK and Ireland also working in this field. Full residential and day rates are available and the weekend is suitable for both seasoned music librarians and those starting out in the profession.

The 2019 ASW will be held at College Court, the University of Leicester’s Conference facility, from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th April 2019. A provisional programme is available on the website at–14-april-2019-leicester-—-draft-programme and the booking form can be found at–-booking-form.

***We are pleased to be able to offer an early bird discount once again for those members booking residential places before the end of January 2019 – see the booking form for pricing information.***

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Bursaries available for 2019 IAML (UK & Irl) ASW

Music Libraries TrustAs many of you are aware, IAML (UK & Irl) will be holding their Annual Study Weekend this year, 12-14 April 2019 at the University of Leicester College Court. The Music Libraries Trust is pleased to award a limited number of bursaries to students and library staff who would like to attend the ASW. Priority is given to those who would otherwise be unable to attend and who have no other sources of funding. Both full and part bursaries are available, which include up to £70 for travel expenses.

More information about the conference can be found on the IAML (UK & Irl) website here.
Closing date for bursary applications is Thursday 3rd January 2019.

For more information and an application form, please visit the Music Libraries Trust website here or contact Megan Dyson MLT bursaries administrator at

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Violins in Kilburn

Kilburn Library was the venue for the end of term students’ concert by students from Lucica Trita Violin Academy, London. This is a fast growing local violin school run by Lucica Trita, who has amassed a vast amout of performing experience in her career. She currently performs as a violinist with BBC Symphony Orchestra and is former co-principal, Sinfonica de Galicia.


Tuning up

Six of her pupils of varying ages came to Kilburn Library and brightened up Saturday for patrons and staff of Kilburn Library centre, part of the Camden Library service. Each of the students did a solo to showcase what they had been doing this term. None disappointed and all made full use of the chance to gain performance practice in front of an appreciative audience. Tunes they played included Over the rainbow.

The group of students finished the show with some happy popular tunes with Jingle bells getting the best response from the audience.

Kilburn 2

Teacher and pupil duet

Tom Kearnes, Camden Library Service

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