Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Broadcasting and Orchestra Libraries Branch

Academic journal article Fontes Artis Musicae

Broadcasting and Orchestra Libraries Branch

Article excerpt

The branch's open session included papers by two broadcasting librarians, respectively on widening participation and on the processes involved in preparing for a two-month international summer festival of classical music. Martie Severt, Head of the Music Library of Netherlands Radio in Hilversum, demonstrated how his library reflects the extensive repertoire performed and broadcast over the past eight decades by the musical ensembles of the Netherlands Radio and Television. He showed how the development of the online catalogue has made information about his collections and in particular its unique works accessible to a much wider public. This has changed the view of the library's function. Martie demonstrated the future plans for his library.

Peter Linnitt of the BBC Central Music Library gave a lively description of the preparations for the summer season of the BBC Promenade Concerts in the Royal Albert Hall, London, a festival which has dominated the summer months in London for more than a century. Performers include 5 BBC orchestras in addition to orchestras from around the world. Each concert is broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and on the web, while many of them are also televised The BBC Music Library is heavily involved with the season as it is responsible for making sure everyone has the music and information they need, from the Proms Office (when they are building the programmes) to the sets of parts for the performers and finally scores for the Radio, TV and on-line production departments.

We were very fortunate that our Secretary General stepped in at the very last moment to replace our third speaker, who was not able to attend the conference. …

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