Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Working Group on Access to Performance Ephemera

Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Working Group on Access to Performance Ephemera

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The Concert Programmes Project and its future direction was the main topic of discussion at the Working Group's meeting in Naples on 22 July 2008. Phase 1 of the project was completed in October 2007, the result of three years' work at the Royal College of Music in London and Cardiff University to produce a detailed overview of programme collections held in the UK and Ireland, thereby improving access to a largely untapped body of research mate rial. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the project has produced an online database, which is available free of charge at www.concertprogrammes.org.uk. The database contains 5,525 descriptions of programme collections held by 52 libraries, archives and museums in the UK and Ireland, revealing the wide range and depth of institutional holdings, with material relating to concerts given in 80 countries worldwide and dating from 1690 to the present day. The index of personal and corporate names has over 27,000 entries and users can also browse a spatial tree to help locate concert venues. The data is fully open to web harvesting, with the result that many users are finding the site via keyword searches on Google and other web browsers. …

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