Great news from Sound and Music and the University of Huddersfield:
Sound and Music and the University of Huddersfield are delighted to announce a new, permanent home for the 20th and 21st century scores and recordings of the former BMIC Collection.
Now called the British Music Collection, this unique resource with over 30,000 scores will from November 2011 be located at the Music Library of the University of Huddersfield, where it will shortly become publicly accessible, housed within a specially-designed unit.
The Collection (called the BMIC Collection before the creation of Sound and Music in 2009) is a remarkable resource consisting of scores, recordings and background material from the UK. Most of it relates to post-1960 and contemporary work, but it also encompasses materials stretching back to 1900.
It contains both published and unpublished works, including many pieces that are out of print or hard to obtain. High-profile composers, such as Britten, Tippett, Birtwistle, Maxwell Davies, Cardew, Harvey, Weir, MacMillan, Turnage and Adès, are featured alongside currently-emerging composers and many less well-known or unjustly neglected creators whose work deserves rediscovery.
Sound and Music and the University of Huddersfield will work in partnership to develop the British Music Collection, both to develop the digital resource and to acquire new materials for both the physical and online archives.
To celebrate the British Music Collection’s new home, Sound and Music and the University of Huddersfield will be hosting a free discussion event, exploring some of its treasures, on Tuesday 22 November, 10am at Huddersfield Art Gallery as part of hcmf// 2011.