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Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Sounds of Progress project - article by Peggy Duesenberry and Raymond MacDonald

Sounds of Progress On late Tuesday afternoons, local musical theatre company Sounds of Progress come to RSAMD to continue working on the Spotlight Project in conjunction with some of our BMus students. For further information, please contact Mary Troup on Research Publication If you want to read more about the mutual benefits and creative potential inherent in the Spotlight Project, our own Research Lecturer Peggy Duesenberry has just published an article jointly with Raymond MacDonald of Caledonian University: Sounds of Progress in the Academy: An Emerging Creative Partnership The article appears in the Review of Disability Studies Vol.4, issue 1 (2008) - you can read it online as a pdf or in document format.

Contemporary Music from Ireland

The Contemporary Music Centre of Ireland has just released the seventh CD in their 'Contemporary Music from Ireland' series. A copy is in stock in the Whittaker Library at RSAMD. Watch a video-clip about this CD, on YouTube.

A question of work-life balance

From the Work-Life Balance Centre comes a new report, and various other news items:-

How old is your heart?

Okay, stop worrying about life, the universe and everything. Get back to basics - how old is your heart? Hypochondriacs need not read this feature in today's Herald. (26 March 2008).

Highlight of the Arches Theatre Festival

Read the Herald features page today. The Festival is 8th - 19th April 2008.

Arches award for stage directors

Read more in The Herald (posted 25 March 2008).

Job! Costume & Fashion technician at Huddersfield

Costume/Fashion Technician Department of Design School of Art, Design & Architecture University of Huddersfield
Find out more here - another posting from those helpful people at

Tuesday, 25 March 2008

How do you study best?

Readers of Whittaker Live were asked how they preferred to study. Hardly anyone responded, so the results don't prove much. Those who like peace and quiet, or even total silence, were a majority (of sorts). One person liked being surrounded by friends. No-one wanted coffee and music. Well, we have the perfect environment for all respondents - the Whittaker Library!

British Academy of Composers and Songwriters

It costs £70 a year to join the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters as an ordinary member. Here's a quote from their website:-
Membership of the Academy is open to anyone who is actively writing music.If the music you are writing today is to have any value in tomorrow’s world, the Academy needs your support in its continuing campaign to protect the value of copyright in an ever changing technological world. Equally, we need to continue our campaign to create a more favourable environment for today's music writers, whatever their area of music.We have two main categories of membership, dependant on where you are in your musical career. Members are emerging writers who have not yet become a member of any royalty collection society or who have recently joined one, such as the PRS. If you have just finished college, are composing as a hobby or have recently started to perform/write then this category of membership is for you.

Research opportunity - pantomime at Glasgow University

P/T Research Project Assistant Pantomime in Scotland: Your other national theatre Department of Theatre, Film & Television Studies, University of Glasgow Details from

Research post with Opera North

How about studying for a PhD and working for Opera North? The people have posted details of an AHRC-funded PhD opportunity at Leeds University.

Thursday, 20 March 2008

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Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Capital Collections - images of Edinburgh

"The City of Edinburgh's public library service has launched an online image archive. Capital Collections will include thousands of images depicting Scotland's capital and organisers hope this will eventually be extended to include images of the rest of the country. A selection of images chosen by prominent Edinburgh citizens past and present is on display at the city's Central Library until 11 Apr to coincide with the website launch." Information provided by CILIPS, the Institute of Chartered Library and Information Professionals in Scotland.

Director Anthony Minghella dies

Anthony Minghella's death was reported in The Herald today, 18th March 2008.

Music and the Idea of the North: call for papers

Leeds University is hosting a conference about Music and the Idea of the North, 6th - 7th September, in Leeds Town Hall - this is to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Town Hall. Call for papers: abstracts should be submitted by 31st March 2008. Scotland is still "north" - let's have a good Scottish presence there! Image from Phill.d at, with thanks.

SIBMAS international conference comes to RSAMD, Glasgow

What is SIBMAS?

SIBMAS is the international association for libraries and museums of the performing arts. Every 2 years we meet for an international conference and we are delighted to be holding our 2008 conference at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama in Glasgow, Scotland.

Find out more about SIBMAS and the conference here.

Call For Papers: Deadline: All proposals for papers must be received by 31st March 2008. Expressions of interest would be warmly welcomed.

Friday, 14 March 2008

FifeSing 2008

15th -18th May - visit the website here. There's a lot happening.

Worlds of Trad - online radio station

If you like to listen to your radio online, and have a preference for traditional music, then Worlds of Trad might be right up your street. The broadcaster is Fred McCormick in Liverpool. Peter Shepheard of FifeSing and the Fife Traditional Singing Weekend, says it's a "fantastically good online radio station". Is he right? Let Whittaker Live know!

Traditional song and dance : The James Madison Carpenter Collection

The Universities of Sheffield and Aberdeen have provided input into the online catalogue for the James Madison Carpenter Collection. The Collection is a major collection of traditional song and drama, plus some items of traditional instrumental music, dance, custom, narrative and children's folklore, from England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and the USA, documented in the period 1927-55, by American James Madison Carpenter . The Collection was purchased from Carpenter in 1972 by the Library of Congress. Getting it properly mounted as an online database was a must, and the AHDS (Arts and Humanities Data Service) here in the UK has been closely involved in the project. Here's the link for searching the collection - (

Wednesday, 5 March 2008

Royal Opera House Collections Online

Royal Opera House Collections Online Here's the web introduction:- "The Royal Opera House recently embarked on an exciting new project to open access to the rich and varied materials housed in ROH Collections to as wide an audience as possible. This website is the foundation stone of that project, and allows members of the public to search, for the first time, the Collections Catalogue and the Performance Database. "
  • The Collections Two collections have been selected : the costume collection containing some 4,000 items, and the Frank Sharman Photographic Collection of dance photographs from the 1940s and 1950s.
  • Performance Database The Performance Database reproduces the information found in the theatre’s programmes and is one of the most comprehensive databases in use by a performing arts company.
  • Why not take a look at Highlights from ROH Collections?

Image from J. Salmoral @

Supporting international students - staff training

18 April at King's College, London. Find out more about this training for teaching staff, here.

Top ten tips for success in the job interview does it again - another article focusing on career issues. Visit the link here.

Monday, 3 March 2008

RSAMD gets a mention in "Box and Fiddle" magazine

The March 2008 issue of trad music magazine, Box and Fiddle, has a review of Celtic Connections 2008. Fraser Fifield and an RSAMD string quartet get a mention. You won't be able to read the article online, but you can read the magazine in the Whittaker Library!

Play the organ at Kelvingrove!

Read The Herald today. Kelvingrove Art Galleries need at least five more organists for their recital series. Follow up the link here.

Cambridge Early Music Summer Schools 2008

The Whittaker Library at RSAMD has just received leaflets for this summer's courses:-
  • 27 July - 3 August, The Parley of Instruments
  • 3-10 August, Philip Thorby and Friends

Visit the Cambridge Early Music Summer Schools website here.