British Music Collection

Scope and Content

The music library and administrative records of the British Music Information Centre (BMIC).

In addition to the 255 boxes of administrative records, the music library contains 40,000 scores and over 21,000 sound recordings of 20th and 21st Century British composition (defined by the BMIC as music that has been composed by an individual born or living in the UK). The majority of the collection relates to post-1960 and contemporary music, but also encompasses works from the late 19th century onwards. The collection of scores and recordings contains both published and unpublished works, and includes high-profile composers, such as Britten, Tippett, Birtwistle, Maxwell Davies, Cardew, Harvey, Weir, MacMillan, Turnage, Tate and Adès, as well as emerging composers and less well-known musicians.

The scores in the collection were catalogued and arranged by BMIC staff into the following self-designed categories with the aim of best assisting users' (particularly would-be performers) access the collection: A - Symphony; B - Orchestra; C - Solo & Orchestra; D - Solo & Strings; E - String Orchestra; F - Music Theatre & Opera; G - Accompanied Choral; H - Classical Chamber (3-6 players); Ha - Chamber Miscellaneous; Hb - Chamber Brass; Hv - Chamber Vocal; Hw - Chamber Woodwind; I - Solo; Id - Duo; J - Piano & Soloist; Ko - Organ; Kp - Piano; L - Piano Duo; M - Song; N - Unaccompanied Choral; O - Band; P - Collections/Anthologies; T - Experimental. This arrangement has been maintained in the catalogue and the physical collection.

The scores within the collection have a Reference Number that begins BMC/SC/... The recordings within the collection have a Reference Number that begins BMC/RE/...

To search the online catalogue for a particular score category, type the category name into the 'Term' field. To search for a specific composer's works then type all or part of the composer's name into the 'Person's name' field. To search for the title of a piece then type all or part of the title into the 'Title or description contains' field.

The sound recordings in the collection include both commercial and private recordings donated by publishers and composers, recordings of concerts and events that took place at the BMIC and other related music organisations (e.g. the Society for the Promotion of New Music), and recordings of BBC Radio 3 broadcasts. The recordings are stored on a variety of formats, including VHS tapes, Betamax tapes, vinyl records, audio cassettes, CDs and DVDs. There is also a very small number of reel to reel audio tapes and DAT tapes.

The collection also contains administrative records of the British Music Information Centre. These records concern the management and administration of the BMIC, including its premises, corporate development and finances, as well as records that document the activities, events and projects that the BMIC was involved in. These records also include additional library resources that were available to the Centre's users, including music journals, magazines, newsletters, concert and festival programmes and composer information files. The composer files were compiled by the BMIC and contain varying amounts of information concerning the biographies and works of British composers.

Administrative / Biographical History

The British Music Information Centre (BMIC) was founded in 1967 by the Composers' Guild of Great Britain within the Guild's central London office of 10 Stratford Place, also the home of The Royal Society of Musicians. The Centre was formally opened by Lord Goodman on 7 Nov 1967 and was established with the assistance of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the Arts Council, and the Performing Right Society. The Centre's stated objectives were' to encourage the performance of British twentieth century music, particularly the music of living British composers, and to develop a national showroom and archive for all new British works, both published and unpublished'. The BMIC was founded as a charity and its work was dependent on grants and the external financial support that it received. The BMIC was a member of the International Association of Music Information Centres (IAMIC).

Founded at a time when national Music Information Centres were rising in popularity (following the formation of the first Centre in the USA in 1939), the BMIC was established as a drop-in centre where users could go to see and hear 20th century British classical music, and to research contemporary composers and their works. The primary function of the Centre was to act as a voluntary library of deposit where composers and publishers of 20th century British classical music could deposit scores and recordings of their work, which allowed would-be performers access to these works to study and play. All works were acquired by donation, and the collection was initially just restricted to the work of members of the Composers' Guild, and later BASCA (British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors) concert music members; this restriction was later removed. The Centre defined 'British' music as being composed by an individual born or living in the UK. The initial core of collection was founded on the deposit of The British Council's sheet music collection in 1967, which included material dating back to 1900. By 1969 the Centre already held 8000 scores of both published and unpublished works, as well as tapes and reference material for consultation and study. Although initially some publishers were opposed to the Centre because of the threat of competition that it posed, over the years the BMIC gradually became accepted by publishers and the Centre began to accumulate increasing amounts of published material. This made the library the only permanent collection of both published and unpublished contemporary British Music and it significantly contributed to the growth of the collection in both size and diversity throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

By the 1990s the acquisition policy of the BMIC stipulated that eligible works included: work that is published by a major publisher (e.g. Boosey & Hawkes, Faber Music, Chester Music); unpublished work by professional composers of significant standing (e.g. frequently commissioned or performed by leading orchestras); work by full members of a leading professional body (e.g. BASCA, including shortlisted works for British Composer Awards); work commissioned by the BMIC as part of its projects and professional development programmes (e.g. Adopt a Composer, Embedded...); work commissioned or funded by leading commissioners or funders (e.g. BBC, Arts Council England, PRS for Music Foundation). The Centre was aware that subjectivity influenced these criteria but in practice any disputes over inclusion/exclusion were resolved by the Director of the BMIC or by reference to the composers on the BMIC Board.

Recordings started to enter the collection during the 1970s, firstly on reel to reel tapes and vinyl records, and later on audio cassettes and CDs. The recordings in the collection included both commercial and private recordings donated by publishers and composers, recordings of concerts and events that took place at the BMIC and the Society for the Promotion of New Music (SPNM), and recordings of BBC Radio 3 broadcasts. A joint project with EMAS (Electro-Acoustic Music Association) in the early 1980s resulted in the Centre starting to acquire recordings of British electro-acoustic music, while during the mid-1980s the BMIC's reel to reel tape recordings were transferred to Betamax tapes during a migration project funded by the British Library.

By 1985 over 6000 people a year visited the BMIC, with even more users contacting the Centre remotely by letter and telephone.

In addition to the Centre's primary role as a contemporary music library, the BMIC also ran numerous projects, events and performances in order to promote contemporary British music. By 1985 over 80 events were being held annually, with performers including Michael Finnissy, Jane Manning and John McCabe, and premieres of work including music by Peter Maxwell Davies, Judith Weir, Michael Finnissy and Chris Dench. Some performances were also preceded by talks. The BMIC's Salon series of concerts ran for 30 years until 2003 with an emphasis on programming first performances, experimental music and neglected early-mid 20th century repertoire. From the 1980s onwards, the BMIC's rising profile and increasing number of projects resulted in the Centre working more collaboratively with other organisations to promote contemporary British music, particularly SPNM, EMAS and The Place Dance Services (TPDS).

In 1999 the BMIC established The Cutting Edge, which was an annual thirteen-week concert series held in the autumn. The Cutting Edge series, based mostly at The Warehouse, Waterloo, aimed to put contemporary music from the UK in an international context, and from 2001, each series was followed by The Cutting Edge Tour that took place through the May-December of the following year. The Cutting Edge Tour showcased up to 20 concerts taken from the previous year's London series at locations across the UK, along with workshops and learning events. Also in 1999 the BMIC established the New Voices and Contemporary Voices composer support schemes. These schemes provided print, distribution and promotion services for composers at both the beginning and middle of their careers, and intended to fill the gap for composers who were looking to publish independently. The New Voices scheme aimed to raise the profile of young and emerging British composers that did not have the support of commercial publishers or record companies, while Contemporary Voices scheme aimed to represent more established composers. In 2001 the BMIC was awarded funding by Arts Council England to create 10 hours of recordings of music by 30 composers that were part of the New Voices programme. The published recordings were branded under the name 'Critical Notice'. The project made all of the recordings available through website downloads and the creation of a CD-book that contained 70 minutes of music and six essays about contemporary music. In 2002 the BMIC applied to the New Opportunities Fund to digitise sections of the BMIC's score and audio recording collection, this resulted in 2710 scores and 975 recordings being digitised and added to the Centre's online catalogue.

From the late 1990s onwards, with increasing pressure on finances and the rising costs of housing the collection in central London, the staff and Board began looking at alternate locations and organisational structures to manage the Centre.

In 2004 Arts Council England (ACE) instigated a proposal to create a new higher profile body for the new music sector from the merger of a number of music organisations that received funding from ACE, that included the BMIC. The original idea to merge a number of music organisations into one larger body had been discussed within the sector since the 1980s but ACE initiated the 2004 project for two main reasons; firstly ACE identified the opportunity to have shared facilities within in a new building in central London (King's Place, near King's Cross), and secondly ACE was looking to redress the role of the Contemporary Music Network within ACE. Initially ten organisations were approached about the merger, including the African and Caribbean Music Circuit, British Music Information Centre, Contemporary Music Making for Amateurs (CoMA), Contemporary Music Network, Jazz Services, the Society for the Promotion of New Music and The Sonic Arts Network. This project, initially called The Kings Place Initiative and later The New Organisation (TNO) Project, resulted in the creation of Sound and Music from the merger of the British Music Information Centre, Contemporary Music Network, the Society for the Promotion of New Music and The Sonic Arts Network in 2008. Upon creation, Sound and Music was temporarily located in British Music House, 26 Berners Street, London, before it moved to its current location of Somerset House, The Strand.

Throughout the course of the reorganisation project both the BMIC's collection and the financial burden of accommodating it continued to increase. The limited space and financial constraints meant that in 2002 sections of the collection had to be moved to alternate premises. Works by composers who had died before 1960 were moved to the Royal College of Music (RCM) Library, and works written before 1960 by composers who had died between 1960 and 2002 were moved to a storage facility belonging to the Performing Right Society (PRS). The material sent to the Royal College of Music Library could be accessed by researchers on site, whereas there was no public access to the PRS's storage facility and this material could only be consulted through prior arrangement with the BMIC. In 2004 the financial pressures meant that the BMIC moved premises from 10 Stratford Place to Lincoln House, 75 Westminster Bridge Road, London. In 2007 the BMIC could no longer afford to house the collection in central London and so it was sent to a storage facility in Southend. This is where the collection remained until it was transferred, along with the RCM and PRS material, to the University of Huddersfield Archive and Special Collections in 2010.

The history of the BMIC between 1967 and 1987 is well documented in the journal 'Composer', the Journal of the Composers' Guild of Great Britain, which regularly includes BMIC news and articles.

Conditions Governing Access

Original available for consultation by appointment

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

The archive contains a variety of different formats. The vast majority of the scores and administrative records are either printed or manuscript paper that is A3 size or smaller. However there are some scores that are much larger than this and measure up to a size of 80cm x 55cm. The recordings in the collection are stored on the following formats: VHS tapes; Betamax tapes; reel to reel tapes; DAT tapes, audio cassettes tapes; vinyl records, CDs; DVDs.

The number of boxes for each score category is as follows:

A - 21 boxes

B - 77 boxes

C - 33 boxes

D - 10 boxes

E - 11 boxes

F - 59 boxes

G - 50 boxes

H - 44 boxes

Ha - 77 boxes

Hb - 6 boxes

Hv - 28 boxes

Hw - 12 boxes

I - 20 boxes

Id - 8 boxes

J - 29 boxes

Ko - 11 boxes

Kp - 34 boxes

L - 9 boxes

M - 42 boxes

N - 47 boxes

O - 14 boxes

P - 5 boxes

T - 1 box

Special - 1 box

Tate - 8 boxes

Archivist's Note

General reference items transferred to the University of Huddersfield Music Library 2015:

Books:

B1 Whom the gods love - The life and music of George Butterworth Michael Barlow 1997

B3 The music of Malcom Arnold - A catalogue Alan Poulton 1986

B4 Philharmonic Concerto - The life and music of Sir Malcolm Arnold Piers Burton-Page 1994

B6 Living masters of music - Granville Bantock H. Orsmond Anderton Mid 20th Century

B7 Immortal Hour - The life and period of Rutland Boughton Michael Hurd 1962

B10 As I remember Arthur Bliss 1989

B11 The music of Lennox Berkeley Peter Dickinson 1988

B12 Frank Bridge - Radical and conservative Anthony Payne 1984 Older edition of B130

B13 Havergal Brian: Reminiscences and observations Robert Matthew-Walker 1995

B15 Benjamin Britten - A Complete Catalogue of his Published Works Boosey & Hawkes and Faber Music 1973

B16 In my eighth decade and other essays Alan Bush 1980

B20 H. Balfour Gardiner Stephen Lloyd 1984 Identical to B104

B21 Dyson's Delight - an anthology of Sir George Dyson's writings and talks on music ed. Christopher Palmer 1989

B22 George Dyson: a Centenary Appreciation Christopher Palmer 1984

B25 Frederick Delius 1862-1934 - A Reprint of the Catalogue of the Music Archive of the Delius Trust (1974) Rachel Lowe 1986 Reprint of B27

B26 Delius - A Life in Letters II 1909-1934 Lionel Carley 1988 2 of 2

B27 A Catalogue of the Music Archive of the Delius Trust Rachel Lowe 1974

B28 Frederick Delius - Complete Works ed. Robert Threlfall 1990

B31 An Elgar Travelogue Pauline Collett 1983

B33 My friends pictured within Edward Elgar - Published by Novello Mid 20th Century

B37 Delius - A Life in Letters I 1862-1908 Lionel Carley 1983 1 of 2

B39 Peter Maxwell Davis Paul Griffiths 1981

B42 Cecil Gray - his life and Notebooks Pauline Gray 1989

B43 A complete catalogue of the works of Percy Grainger ed. Teresa Balough 1975

B44 Studies in Music - Percy Grainger Centennial Volume (Number 16, 1982) David Tall 1982

B45 Percy Grainger's Kipling Settings Kay Dreyfus 1980

B46 Grainger 1882-1961 David Tall 1982

B48 The Percy Grainger Companion ed. Lewis Foreman 1981

B51 Cincinnati Interludes - a conductor and his audience Eugene Goossens 1995

B52 Alun Hoddinott on Record - A Composer and the Gramophone Robert Matthew-Walker Mid 20th Century

B53 The Music of Anthony Hedges ed. Colin Bayliss 1990

B54 Left, Right and Centre - reflections on composers and composing Geoffrey Bush 1983

B56 Lonely Waters - the diary of a friendship with E J Moeran Lionel Hill 1985

B60 Josef Holbrooke and his work George Lowe 1920 Another copy is part of this collection however it is not listed with a 'B' number

B64 Gustav Holst - A Centenary Documentation Michael Short 1974

B67 Journey into Music - by the slow train Christopher le Fleming 1982

B70 Ronald Stevenson - A Musical Biography Malcolm MacDonald 1989

B72 The Operas of Michael Tippett (Opera guide no. 29) ed. Nicholas John 1985

B74 Bernard Stevens and his music a symposium ed. Bertha Stevens 1989 Another copy is part of this collection however it is not listed with a 'B' number

B75 Arthur Bliss - List of Compositions ed. Lewis Foreman 1980

B76 An unsentimental education Geoffrey Bush 1990

B77 Ethel Smyth - A Biography Christopher St John 1959

B78 Rowley Rediscovered - The life and music of Alec Rowley Beryl Kington 1993

B79 Hubert Parry - His life and works (Volume I) Charles L. Graves 1926 1 of 2

B80 C W Orr - The unknown song-composer Jane Wilson 1989

B81 Norman O'Neill Derek Hudson 1945

B83 Peter Warlock - The life of Philip Heseltine Barry Smith 1994

B88 Uncommon Ground - The Music of Michael Finnissy ed. Henrietta Brougham, Christopher Fox & Ian Pace 1997

B89 The Music of Britten & Tippett - Studies in Themes & Techniques Arnold Whittall 1990

B90 The Music of Benjamin Britten Peter Evans 1979

B91 Working with Britten - A personal memoir Ronald Duncan 1981

B92 Havergal Brian - Perspective on the Music Malcolm MacDonald 1972

B96 York Bowen - a centenary tribute Monica Watson 1984

B98 Arnold Bax Colin Scott-Sutherland 1973

B100 Omar Khayyam: The Ruba'iyat Granville Bantock (Analysis - Ernest Newman) Mid 20th Century

B101 Rutland Boughton and the Glastonbury Festivals Michael Hurd 1993

B105 Elgar - As I knew him William H. Reed 1936

B106 Edward Elgar - Sacred Music John Allison 1994

B107 Edward Elgar - Memories of a Variation Mrs. Richard Powell 1979

B108 Edward Elgar: The Windflower Letters - Correspondance with Alice Caroline Stuart Wortley and her family Jerrold Northrop Moore 1989

B109 An Elgar Companion ed. Christopher Redwood 1982

B113 Grieg and Delius - A Chronicle of their Friendship in Letters Lionel Carley 1993

B114 Benjamin Britten - Death in Venice (Cambridge Opera Handbooks) Donald Mitchell 1987

B115 The Operas of BenjaminBritten ed. David Herbert 1989

B119 Folk Songs collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams ed. Roy Palmer 1983

B122 Walter Swanson Marjorie Swanson 1996

B124 Alun Hoddinott (Composers of Wales 2) Basil Deane 1978

B125 John Ireland: The Man and his Music Muriel V. Searle 1979

B128 Elgar's 'Enigma' Variations - a centenary celebration Patrick Turner 1999

B129 Last boy of the family Inglis Gundry 1998

B130 Frank Bridge - Radical and conservative Anthony Payne 1999 Newer edition of B12

B133 Thomas Dunhill: Maker of Music David Dunhill 1997

B134 George Dyson: man and music Christopher Palmer 1996

B135 Paddy' the life and music of Patrick Hadley Eric Wetherell 1997

B136 Thomas Armstrong - a celebration by his friends ed. Rosemary Rapaport 1998

B137 Percy Whitlock - organist and composer Malcolm Riley 1998

B138 Music, Friends and Places - a memoir Howard Ferguson 1997

B139 Musical Chairs - an autobiography Robin Orr 1998

B142 The Music of Harrison Birtwistle Robert Adlington 2000

B143 Cuchulan: among the Guns - Arnold Bax's letters to Christopher Whelen ed. Dennis Andrews 1998

B144 Alan Bush: Music, Politics and Life Nancy Bush 2000

B145 Madeleine Dring: Her Music, Her Life Ro Hancock-Child 2000

B146 Holst Among Friends Alan Gibbs 2000

B147 A Man of our Time Michael Tippett 1977

B148 Harrison Birtwistle: Man, Mind, Music Jonathan Cross 2000

B151 Tippett: A Child of Our Time Kenneth Gloag 1999

B153 Britten's Musical Language Philip Rupprecht 2001

B154 Malcolm Arnold: A composer of Real Music Raphael D. Thone 2007

Marigold: The Music of Billy Mayerl Peter Dickinson 1999

Your Career As A Composer Richard Letts 1994

The Music Makers: The English Musical Renaissance from Elgar to Britten Michael Trend 1985

The Music of 'An Adventure' Ian Parrott 1966

Alun Hoddinott - A Composer and the Grampophone Robert Matthew-Walker Mid 20th Century

IGNM - Die Internationale Gesellschaft fur Neue Musik: Ihre Geschichte von 1922 bis zur Gegenwart Anton Haefeli 1922

Josef Holbrooke and his work George Lowe 1920 The same book as B60

The Work of Women Composers from 1150 to 1995 Mary Booker 1996

The reality of Music Rutland Boughton 1934

Critics and Composers: Selected Atricles, Lectures and Radio Talks Stewart Hylton Edwards 1984

Heart and Soul: Revealing the Craft of Songwriting Chris Bradford 2005

Music Today John Foulds 1934

Music and Life (Book one) Antony Elton Mid 20th Century

Parrottcisms: The autobiography of Ian Parrott Ian Parrott 2003

The Music of Rosemary Brown Ian Parrott 1978

Sensibility and English Song (Volume II) Stephen Banfield 1985

Transformations: The String Quartet in Britain and Ireland Since 1885 Ian Lawrence 2004

Goodnight to Flamboro': The life and music of William Baines Rodger Carpenter 1999

Blake set to Music: A Bibliography of Musical Settings of the Poems and Prose of William Blake Donald Fitch 1990

CPM Plus: A catalogue of printed music in the British Library to 1990 Bowker-Saur Ltd. 1993 CD-ROM

British Catalogue of Music The British Library 1985

Elgar: A life in photographs Jerrold Northrop Moore 1971

Delius: A life in pictures Lionel Carley & Robert Threlfall 1977

Havergal Brians's Gothic Symphony: Two Studies Harold Truscott & Paul Rapoport 1978

A Life in Photographs: Vaughan Williams Jerrold Northrop Moore 1992

William Alwyn: A Catalogue of his music Stewart Craggs & Alan Poulton 1985

Benjamin Burrows: 1891-1966 Brian Blyth Daubney 1979

Who wrote that song? Dick Jacobs 1988

Michael Tippett: A celebration ed. Geraint Lewis 1985

Down Among the Dead Men Van Dieren 1935

Musical Moments J.M. Popkin 1986

Notes in Advance: An autobiography in Music William Glock 1991

Around Music Kaikhosru Sorabji 1932

Who's who in Music: and Musicians' International Directory Burke's Peerage Ltd. 1972

The Blackwell History of Music in Britain: Volume V - The Romantic Age 1800-1914 ed. Nicholas Temperley 1988

New Vocal Repertory Jane Manning 1994

British Light Music - a personal gallery of 20th-century composers Phillip L Scowcroft 1997

New sounds, new personalities: British composers of the 1980s Paul Griffiths 1985 Another copy is part of this collection however it is not listed with a 'B' number

Contemporary British music Francis Routh 1972

A.E.A.A Classical Music Artists: Whom represents whom Music in Europe & IAMA Directory of Artists 1999

Frederick Delius: A Musical Notebook - annotated facsimile The Delius Trust 1993

A Discography - Sir William Walton Alan Poulton 1980

The Composers guide to Music Publishing Annie Ganning 1994 2nd ed.

The New Encyclopedia of Music and Musicians ed. Waldo Selden Pratt 1944

Journals/Directories:

New Grove (6th Grove - 6th New Grove) ed. Stanley Sadie 1980 Two full, sets Volumes 1-20

Grove (3rd edition) ed. H.C. Colles 1927 Volumes I - V + supplementary edition

Grove (5th edition) ed. Eric Blom 1954 Volumes 1 - 9 & duplicates of 1, 2, 3, 4, + 5 (supplementary edition to the volumes (1961))

Grove (2nd edition reprint) ed. Fuller Maitland 1913 Vollumes III & IV

Grove (American supplement) ed. Waldo Selden Pratt 1920

Grove (4th edition supplementary volume) ed. H.C. Colles 1940

The Delius Society Journal The Delius Society 1977-2007 Excluding volumes - 57, 62, 101, 115, 128. Duplicates - 102, 109, 112, 127

The Creel - Journal of the Rawsthorne Trust The Rawsthorne Trust 2014 Volume 7, No. 4, issue 25

Faben Review ed. Elizabeth Webb 1991 2 copies 71/200 & 75/200

Incorporated Society of Musicians Yearbook Incorporated Society of Musicians 2006/2007

Register of Professional Private Music Teachers Yearbook Incorporated Society of Musicians 2005/2006 & 2006/2007

Register of Musicians in Education Incorporated Society of Musicians 2005

Information sources in Music ed. Lewis Foreman 2003

1st International Symposium of Composer Institutes 29th June - 2nd July 2000

Journal of the British Association of Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles British Association of Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles Autumn 1982 Volume 1

R.V.W. Trust - Memorandum upon its foundation R.V.W Trust 1956-1981

Handbook of Music Awards and Scholarships Musicians Benevolant Fund 1997/1998

British Music Society Journal British Music Society 1981-1998 & 2001-2006 Volumes 3 - 20 (Duplicates of 5 and 9) & Volumes 23-28

British Music Society - British Composer Profiles Gerald Leech 1980

British Music Society - Lost & Sometimes Found ed. Lewis Foreman 1992 2 copies

British Music Society - Benjamin Barrows & Some of his Poets Brian Blyth Daubney 1991

British Music Society - Aspects of British Song ed. Brian Blyth Daubney 1992

British Music Society - British Opera in Retrospect British Music Society 1986

The following items from the BMIC reference Library were appraised, removed from the collection and transferred to the University of Huddersfield Music Department (C/O Rachel Cowgill):

Books:

B2 Malcolm Arnold - An introduction to his music Hugo Cole 1989

B5 Bax - A composer and his times Lewis Foreman 1988

B8 My Brother Benjamin Beth Britten 1986

B14 Havergal Brian on music - Volume one: British music ed. Malcolm MacDonald 1986

B17 Scratch Music ed. Cornelius Cardew 1974

B18 Harrison Birtwistle Michael Hall 1984

B19 Frank Bridge - A Thematic Catalogue Paul Hindmarsh 1983

B23 A Catalogue of the Compositions of Frederick Delius - Sources and References Robert Threlfall 1977

B29 Frederick Delius Thomas Beecham 1975

B30 Edward Elgar - A Source Book Stewart R Craggs 1995

B32 The Music of Howard Ferguson - with a memoir by the composer ed. Alan Ridout 1989

B34 The Master Musicians - Elgar Ian Parrott 1971

B35 Elgar lived here Pauline Collett 1981

B38 Frederick Delius - A Supplementary Catalogue Robert Threlfall 1986

B40 The Heritage of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Avril Coleridge-Taylor 1979

B41 Overture and beginners - A Musical Autobiography by Eugene Goossens Eugene Goossens 1951

B49 A Ballad-maker - The life and songs of C. Armstrong Gibbs Ro Hancock-Child 1993

B50 The ordeal of Ivor Gurney Michael Hurd 1978

B55 Alun Hoddinott on Record - A Composer and the Gramophone Robert Matthew-Walker Mid 20th Century

B58 A Pilgrim Soul - The life and work of Elisabeth Lutyens Meirion and Susie Harries 1989

B59 Peter Warlock - A Centenary Celebration, the man, his music, his world ed. David Cox & John Bishop 1994

B61 Constant Lambert Richard Shead 1973

B62 The music of Alexander Goehr ed. Bayan Northcott 1980

B63 John Ireland - Catalogue of works ed. Ernest Chapman 1968

B65 A Thematic Catalogue of Gustav Holst's Music Imogen Holst 1974

B66 A Goldfish Bowl Elisabeth Lutyens 1972

B68 William Walton - Behind the Façade Susana Walton 1988

B69 Tippett - the composer and his music Ian Kemp 1984

B71 Moving into Aquarius Michael Tippett 1974

B73 Michael Tippett Meirion Bowen 1982

B82 The music of E.J.Moeran Geoffrey Self 1986

B84 The music of Peter Warlock - A critical survey I.A.Copley 1979

B85 The Crying Curlew - Peter Warlock: Family and Influences - Centenary 1994 Ian Parrott 1994

B86 William Walton - A Catalogue Stewart R. Craggs 1990

B87 A catalogue of the works of Ralph Vaughan Williams Michael Kennedy 1982

B93 The Symphonies of Havergal Brian (Volume I) Malcolm MacDonald 1974 1 of 2

B94 The Symphonies of Havergal Brian (Volume II) Malcolm MacDonald 1978 2 of 3

B95 The Symphonies of Havergal Brian (Volume III) Malcolm MacDonald 1983 3 of 3

B97 Farewell my Youth - an autobiography Arnold Bax 1949

B99 Granville Bantock: A Personal Portrait Myrrha Bantock 1972

B102 Havergal Brian and the performance of his orchestral music Lewis Foreman 1976

B104 H. Balfour Gardiner Stephen Lloyd 1984 Identical to B20

B110 The Walled-in Garden - a study of the songs of Roger Quilter Trevor Hold 1978 2 copies. The second is listed further down (without a 'B' number)

B111 Edward Elgar: Letters of a Lifetime Jerrold Northrop Moore 1990

B112 Delius - as I knew him Eric Fenby 1936

B116 David Wynne (Composers of Wales 3) Richard Elfyn Jones 1979

B117 The music of Charles Wood Ian Copley 1994

B118 William Walton - His Life and Music Neil Tierney 1984

B120 Edmund Rubbra ed. Lewis Foreman 1977

B121 Gustav Holst - A Biography Imogen Holst 1974

B123 William Mathias (Composers of Wales 1) Malcolm Boyd 1978

B126 Gurney, Ireland, Quilter and Warlock Michael Pilkinton 1989

B127 Michael Tippett - an introcuctory study David Matthews 1980

B131 Gordon Jacob - a centenary biography Eric Wetherell 1995

B132 Cyril Scott and his piano music Ian Parrott 1992

B140 The occasional writings of Philip Heseltine (Peter Warlock) - Musical Criticism II (Volume III) Barry Smith 1998 3 of 4

B141 The occasional writings of Philip Heseltine (Peter Warlock) - Miscellaneous Writings (Volume IV) Barry Smith 1999 4 of 4

B149 The Choral Music of Twentieth-Century Women Composers Catherine Roma 2006

B150 Aspects of British Music of the 1990s ed. Peter O'Hagan 2003

B152 Composing for Voice: A guide for composers, singers and teachers Paul Barker 2004

Composing Mortals: 20th-century British classical composers Terry Hiscock 1998

Music in England 1885-1920 Lewis Foreman 1994

New sounds, new personalities: British composers of the 1980s Paul Griffiths 1985 Another copy is part of this collection however it is not listed with a 'B' number

English Solo Song Michael Pilkington 1997

Sensibility and English Song (Volume I) Stephen Banfield 1985

Bernard Stevens and his music a symposium ed. Bertha Stevens 1989 Identical to B74

The Walled-in Garden - a study of the songs of Roger Quilter Trevor Hold 1978 The same book as B110

Alan Rawsthorne (Volume I) ed. Alan Poulton 1984

Alan Rawsthorne (Volume III) ed. Alan Poulton 1986 Duplicate

Alan Rawsthorne (Volume III) ed. Alan Poulton 1986 Duplicate

International Encyclopedia of Women Composers (Volume I) Aaron I. Cohen 1987

International Encyclopedia of Women Composers (Volume II) Aaron I. Cohen 1987

From Parry to Britten: British music in letters 1900-1945 Lewis Foreman 1987

The Henry Wood Proms David Cox 1980

Ronald Duncan: the man and the artist Krysia Cairns 1998

The Woman Composer Jill Halstead 1997

New Vocal Repertory: an Introduction Jane Manning 1986 Duplicate

New Vocal Repertory: an Introduction Jane Manning 1986 Duplicate

The Pandora Guide to Women Composers Sophie Fuller 1994

The New Grove Dictionary of Women Composers June Anne Sadie and Rhian Samuel 1995

New Sounds: The Virgin guide to New Music John Schaefer 1990

Journals/Directories:

International Who's Who in Music IBC Grand River Books 1980, 1985, 1988, 1990/91 9th - 12th edition

British Music Yearbook Rhinegold Publishing 1987-89, 2002-2006 2003- volume 2 (not 1) Volumes 1 & 2 for 2004 - 2006

Repographic copying of Books and Journals British Copyright Council 1985

Equipment:

Betamax player - donated by Sound & Music to the University's School of Music Humanities & Media (BMC partnership working group meeting 10/10/17)

Appraisal Information

The following records were removed from the collection and destroyed because of the lack of continuing value of the records. In line with the Collection's deposit agreement made between Sound and Music and the University, the records were offered back to Sound and Music who confirmed that the records should be destroyed through the University's confidential waste procedures.

1990s-2000s Funding provider guides, application packs, newsletters (no original/unique records)

1993-2006 BMIC VAT folder - VAT returns and correspondence with HMRC. Financial value of records is duplicated in the cashbooks

1998-2009 BMIC Centre General Admin folder 1 - Insurance policy renewal letters; fire regulations; telephone bills; photocopier service bills; Principal (IT/computer maintenance) invoices

2000-2009 BMIC Centre General Admin folder 2 - Staff job applications and covering letters; webpage print outs and other sources concerning gift aid; sources concerning health & safety information

2004-2009 BMIC Centre General Admin folder 3 - Alarm company correspondence; council tax newsletters; health & safety website research and information sheets

1999-2006 Petty invoices paid by the BMIC - Includes payments for bills, rent, postage, travel, staff expenses

2001-2005 BMIC HSBS monthly bank statements folder

2002-2006 BMIC annual accounts and reports, Duplicates

2002-2008 Spitfire telecoms (phone/internet/network provider) invoices

2003-2006 BMIC Centre Financial Admin folder - HSBC credit and debit advice notices; Spitfire telecoms phone/internet invoices/direct debits; Principal IT service invoices

2006 The New Organisation project, prospectus and outline business plan, Duplicates

Some general reference items from the BMIC reference Library were appraised, removed from the collection and transferred to the University of Huddersfield Music Library.

Custodial History

From its creation in 1967 the collection was known as the British Music Information Centre Collection, in 2009 it became the Sound and Music Archive, and in 2011 it was renamed the British Music Collection when deposited at Huddersfield University Archives.

The collection was founded in 1967 by the Composers' Guild of Great Britain from the Guild's own music library and the deposit of The British Council's sheet music collection.

By 2002 the limited space available in the British Music Information Centre's Stratford Place office meant that sections of the expanding collection of scores had to be moved to alternative premises. Works by composers who had died before 1960 were moved to the Royal College of Music Library, and works written before 1960 by composers who had died between 1960 and 2002 were moved to the Performing Right Society. The material sent to the Royal College of Music Library could be accessed by researchers on site, whereas there was no public access to the Performing Right Society and material would have to be requested through the BMIC.

All sections of the Collection were deposited at the University of Huddersfield in 2011 and housed within the University's Music Library. In early 2015 the British Music Collection was moved into Heritage Quay. During this process the sections of the Collection that had previously been split up (and stored by the RCM and PRS) were reintegrated into the Collection.

Related Material

The Contemporary Music Network Archive can be found within the Arts Council of Great Britain Archive (ACGB) at the Victoria and Albert Museum Archive (Archon code:73 )

The Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival Archive is held at the University of Huddersfield Archives (Ref: HCMF)

Scores, recordings and information concerning Phyllis Tate's work can be found at http://www.phyllis-tate.com/. This website includes references to works held within the British Music Collection.