Library and Information Services, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

New to Digital Theatre Plus:

Three new operas from Gran Teatre del Liceu have just been just added to Digital Theatre Plus

You can now watch Rigoletto, L'Elisir D'Amore and L'Incoronazione di Poppea wherever you teach and bring opera direct to your students. Telling tales of love, deceit, curses and comedy, these truly magnificent operas bring the cultural world of European opera to your classroom.

Digital Theatre Plus. (Click here)

The Gran Teatre del Lieu Collection, now consisting of six titles, can also be used as a complementary resource to their recently released Royal Opera House Collection.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Are you Talented from Birth, or Did you Work at it?

Interesting post on the Bibliolore blog, about the nature-versus-nurture argument:-

Practising vs. Born That Way

You know what Urtext is - but have you tried locating a Manuscript or early Imprint?

RISM is the website you're looking for!  (It stands for Repertoire Internationale des Sources Musicales)

What did Bizet have to do with Ossian? New Catalogue Reveals All ... *

We've just heard about a new online publication:-  

The Bizet Catalogue

"Compiled by Hugh Macdonald and managed by the Humanities Digital Workshop at Washington University, St Louis.
"This is primarily a list of Bizet's works, providing essential information about the history and content of each one. It gives information on manuscript and printed sources, on documentary materials relating to the composition, performance and publication of each work, and is intended to provide a full historical documentation of Bizet's work as composer and transcriber." 
* Bizet, plainly intrigued by James Macpherson's Highland Ossianic tales, wrote an overture, La Chasse d'OssianThe work is now lost.  Click the link to find out what's known about it!

We are the Whittaker Library at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, here to help our performing artists with their teaching and learning information needs.  Our thanks go to Jennifer Ward , of the IAML Web Team, for pointing us towards this Bizet resource.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Early Career Music Librarian, UK or Republic of Ireland? £250 Prize for best Dissertation or Article!

Calling for submissions

E T Bryant Memorial Prize 

£250 awarded for a significant contribution to the literature of music librarianship

Details of this valuable award have  just gone live on the IAML(UK and Ireland) website.  If you're an early-career music librarian and have recently written a dissertation or significant paper on a music-librarianship related topic, you're strongly urged to enter your work for the E T Bryant Memorial Prize.  Similarly, if you know of any other recent librarianship students who completed such  work over the past five years, let them know about it!


  • The prize is awarded to a library and information science student or group of students, or to a librarian in their first five years in music librarianship, for a significant contribution to the literature of music librarianship.
  • The prize is awarded for a significant contribution to the literature of music librarianship.
  • The recipient(s) of the prize must be resident in the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland during the year of entry
  • Publication of the material during / within the previous five years does not preclude entry
  • All entries must be submitted by the published closing date.

The prize will be presented each year to the winner at the Annual General Meeting of the IAML(UK & Irl) Branch, by representatives of IAML(UK & Irl) and The Music Libraries Trust.

A copy of the winning work will be retained in the IAML(UK & Irl) Library.

Monday, 10 November 2014

It's a Voyage of Discovery at the Whittaker Library

Before too long, the Whittaker Library will incorporate a discovery layer (it's called a Full Text Finder) which will enable users to explore both physical resources and all our electronic databases, all at once.  This should make it very much easier to get the most out of what the library holds.

Just imagine - supposing you're doing the Scottish music degree, and you decide there are five electronic databases that just might have useful info for you.  Right now, you'd need to look at each resource separately.  In future, you can search the lot, all together.  Watch this space for the announcement that the discovery layer has gone live.

Meanwhile, there are still surprises ... did you know that you can look up:-
  • Scottish music in the African American Music Reference
  • Nova Scotia or Cape Breton material in American Song
  • Archival Gaelic song in British Library Sounds
  • Niel Gow in Oxford Music Online or in RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
  • Strathspey or Ballads in SCRAN
  • Scottish Music reported in times gone by, in Times Digital Archive
  • Uist, Cape Breton, or Niel Gow, in The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online
. Why wait? Get exploring! 

We are the very helpful Whittaker Library at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.  

Meanwhile, Music is Live in Manchester Libraries ...

Are you from Manchester?  Got musical friends there?  Going back this weekend?  There's news of a week of live music in Manchester libraries, from Library Live:-
Read the article in the Independent, for a start:-
"Have a listen to some of the broadcasts this week - including the Vivaldi 'Manchester Sonatas'  being played live on Radio 3's In Tune this afternoon from the library.   Ros Edwards, Service Development Co-Ordinator for music,  may make an appearance on Guy Garvie's Radio 6 show next Sunday 16th  talking about some of the Henry Watson Music Library Treasures. 
"And if anyone is in the vicinity of Manchester Central Library this week its worth popping in - the whole place is humming - almost literally.  Lots happening all week, much of it musical.  Good advocacy for public libraries and music libraries ...
"Check out the events website too"

Thursday, 6 November 2014

ELIA - What's It All About?

Coming to Glasgow next week, we welcome -


13th ELIA Biennial Conference

ELIA, the European League of Institutes of the Arts, is 'the primary international network organisation of major arts education institutions & universities'.  Glasgow's very proud of its cultural identity, so it's a great place for this conference.
"This year’s conference theme focuses on the relationship between the creative and the city and the dynamic interplay between place, culture, creativity and the artist. Recognising that the arts are both the most local and the most international of activities - proud of their traditions and identity, but at their most exciting when they break down barriers and cross borders, LOCATION/AESTHETICS will explore the cultural, social and economic role that creative individuals and institutions play in creating and transforming a city, regional or national identity and place in the world."  CLICK ON THE LINK ABOVE TO FIND OUT MORE.
"Four sub-themes have been identified to address more specific issues:
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall is the main conference venue.  

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Globe Player! Just Launched!

This weeks sees the launch of the Globe Player. Check it out for some wonderful Shakespeare productions:

A review of the website:

Sound and Music's British Music Collection is Alive and Well! Go and Look ...

The British Music Collection

Enquiries and Visits
The British Music Collection (formerly the BMIC), is still owned by Sound and Music, but it is currently located at the University of Huddersfield.
To ensure that all enquiries for this collection receive prompt attention, there is a dedicated email address for this, which can be accessed from the British Music Collection website or by emailing the Collection directly.
Readers wishing to make a visit to the Collection, please note that two working days' notice are required. The Collection is currently available from 9am until 4.30pm Monday to Friday (except bank holidays).

Friday, 31 October 2014

Creative Artists at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, here's a CPD Opportunity!

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland has acquired a trial of the Campus resource - a vast online library of engaging video tutorials that can help anyone learn software, creative, and business skills.

RCS staff and students are urged to try out this excellent resource during this trial period which will run from 31st October to 14th November.

To learn about navigating the site, exploring helpful features, finding specific instruction, and more, you can view an introductory video and watch the ‘How to use’ course.

IT trainer Julie Halstead explains that you will need to create a profile, to try this resource during the trial period:-

  • Visit while you are in the Conservatoire, and type in your Conservatoire email address, then click the ‘Create a profile’ button.

    You will then be asked to enter your details and create a password for your Lynda profile. Once you have done this you will be able to login to access it via from outside the Conservatoire also.
If you have any questions, contact Julie Halstead at

New Encyclopedia for String Instruments - The Brompton's Book of Violin and Bow Makers

The Whittaker Library was proud to accept the gift of a copy of John Dilworth's new book,The Brompton's Book of Violin and Bow Makers.  

You'll find the book on our reference shelves here at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.  It's an astonishing 683 page alphabetical listing of violin and bow makers - a lifetime's work of recording details from individual instruments, and data from an extensive bibliography.  The author, with the background of 'forty years at the bench and in the auction viewing rooms', explains in his foreword that Henley's  now historic Universal Dictionary of Violin and Bow Makers (1973) has long been a source of fascination for him, and the present volume is to be regarded as an extension, an update and in some cases a correction of entries or an alternative viewpoint to commentary in that book.

Additional information can be sourced through an appendix of instrument makers, backing up the information in this new dictionary by taking the reader to books which deal with their subjects in greater depth, and this is followed by a 'Select Bibliography of Sources and Further Reading'.  More about the book can be read at this link, HERE.

And There's More!

There is also a website with a huge biographical resource of violin and bow makers (14,000 and counting) - most of the information is based on The Brompton's Book of Violin and Bow Makers.  Visit the Maker Archive HERE.