Library and Information Services, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Friday, 12 July 2013

The Big Chill

Music and Academic Services Librarian Karen McAulay (aka 'Whittaker'), is on holiday from Saturday 13 to Wednesday 31 July.  To maximise the benefits of her holiday, she will not be accessing work emails!
Cool  Music queries should be directed to Catherine Small during this time. Alternatively, our colleagues will be happy to help with general queries:-, Issue desk tel. 0141-2708-268.

We are now open reduced summertime hours:- Monday to Friday 9-5. Additionally, 
Tuesdays 9 July - 3 Sept, open 'til 8 pm.  There is no weekend opening.


The Full English (Music, not Breakfast!)

The Full English is a newly launched database for traditional English music. The CB3 music blog tells you about it here:-

Then visit The Full English, hosted by the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library.  Enjoy!

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Library Volunteer Opportunity in Leadhills, South Lanarkshire

'Whittaker' has heard that Leadhills Miners Library, an old Scottish subscription library, needs skilled volunteers.  This could be a good opportunity for someone with library skills and a bit of time to spare - and would enrich your CV at the same time.

Contact details can be found at the website:-

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Monday, 8 July 2013

Part Time Music Library Job in London

Whittaker has heard about this opportunity, which might interest someone looking to make a career in music librarianship:-

"Part-time job opportunity in London
Community and Youth Music Library
Would you like to manage a library of printed music located in Crouch End, London N8?   We need a part-time (10 hours a week) administrator to manage, with assistance from volunteers, the Community & Youth Music Library, a national resource of orchestral and vocal printed classical music which is loaned to orchestras, wind bands and choirs throughout the UK.   The full catalogue is located at the library website (
Applicants should have experience of managing or working in a music library. 
Terms: 10 hours per week (ideally on Tuesdays and Fridays) for at least 46 weeks a year, self employed, £15 per hour.
For an application pack please email giving your name and full address.
Final date for returned applications is September 6 2013
Interviews will be on Friday September 27 2013  
For more information about the Library go to"

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Friday, 5 July 2013

Guardian Culture Professionals Network addresses the topic of amateur theatre ...

  • "Southbank Centre's £120m redevelopment 
  • Is it time we moved the amateur theatre conversation on?
  • Top tips for artist-in-residence schemes"

Here's the link to catch up on these discussions on the Guardian Culture Professionals Network.

Play: Bronte, by Polly Teale

In much the same way as I tell our musicians that they can enjoy our DVDs for relaxation, whilst the acting students are contemplating issues of direction and production, today I'm sharing a discussion about the play, Bronte, by Polly Teale.  It's a book we have in stock here at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland's Whittaker Library.  (Catalogue entry)

The discussion appears on The Journal of Victorian Culture Online.  Whilst Victorianists engage in scholarly discourse about the deeper cultural issues, there is probably much here that will interest acting and drama students on a different level.

Charlotte Mathieson, a researcher from the University of Warwick, writes ...

"In May 2013, the Capitol Theatre in Manchester staged a production of the play Brontë, by Polly Teale. Originally staged by Shared Experience in 2005 (of which you can view a short trailer online), the play explores the life and writing of the Brontës through key episodes from their lives and scenes from their writing.  I went to watch the production with fellow Victorianist and life-writing specialist Amber Regis ..."  Read more here ...
Did you know Polly Teale has also written an adaptation of Jane Eyre, and a play entitled, After Mrs RochesterDetails here.

Whittaker alights upon new Performing Arts Websites

A lot can happen in a week.  And while the world moves on, and the global headlines scream for our attention, Whittaker quietly continues to find useful performing arts websites for our artistic community.

This week we've shared links on:-

Unsung composers, Strathspeys, Bagpipes in Northumbria and Oman, Operatic texts and Operatic Enfants, String Pedagogy, Dating Victorian Music, Digital Ballet, and SoundCloud from the Scottish Poetry Library
All at

SoundCloud for Poetry

'Whittaker' is getting quite excited about SoundCloud -an excellent way of sharing audio recordings.  And not just music, either.  Today, Twitter notified us that the Scottish Poetry Library has a SoundCloud page,
"featuring many of our Best Scottish Poets 2012 reading their work…"

Digital Ballet? The Guardian Ponders over a Modern Phenomenon

Is Digital Ballet as Good as the Real Thing?

Dating Victorian Music by its Artwork

Our own Assistant Librarian Catherine Small won a IAML prize for her Masters dissertation on dating music - so she's a very useful person to consult!

Additionally, and complementing the wealth of knowledge that we can draw upon here in Glasgow, we now find this interesting blogpost from Cambridge, about the pictures appearing on the covers of Victorian music.

Cambridge University's MusiCB3 Blog today writes a fascinating post about the difficult task of dating undated Victorian music:-

Monday, 1 July 2013

Rolland String Pedagogy - Teaching String Playing

Whittaker is pleased to forward this invitiation to enthusiasts of the Rolland string teaching method :-

Paul Rolland Workshop 

George Mason University, July 29 through August 2, 2013

Full details on the workshop is at the following website:
Director Lynne Denig has assembled a team of Paul Rolland's students to share his string teaching methods. Paul Rolland's book "The Teaching of Action in String Playing" is the textbook for the workshop, and the DVD of his film series by the same name is used to give participants an in-depth understanding of his pedagogical principles. College credit through George Mason University is available for those who need it. The workshop embraces professional string teachers, college music students, and interested high school students. Current enrolment includes participants in all categories.  Peter 'Doc' Rolland will be teaching evening classes in fiddling.

Opera de Paris children perform in Glasgow Concert

Date for your Diary: Weds 24th July  2013

(Les Enfants de L'Opera de Paris)

The Alliance Française de Glasgow is delighted to announce that the children's choir of the Opéra de Paris will perform in Glasgow on July 24th. You can find all the information here:
Do forward this information to all your contacts to let them know about what promises to be a memorable concert not to be missed!