The concert programmes database for the UK and Ireland (phase 1)

Project start date: 2004-11 Project end date: 2007-10
The Concert Programmes Project has created an online database of holdings of concert programmes to be found in selected libraries, archives and museums in the UK and Ireland. Currently, it holds 5,500 collections of music related ephemera held by 53 institutions including the British Library, the Royal College of Music, the Royal Academy of music, the national libraries of Scotland and Ireland and the Bodleian Library and Trinity College Dublin. It includes material from the end of the 17th century to the present day. Its detailed search facility allows users improved access to previously inadequately catalogued and therefore underused material.
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General website developmentData publishing and dissemination
Interface designData publishing and dissemination
Manual input and transcriptionData capture
Resource sharingCommunication and collaboration
Textual interaction (asynchronous)Communication and collaboration
Funding sources: 
Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
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  • MySQL; PHP
Source material used:  
Holdings of concert programmes in libraries, archives and museums in selected regional centres throughout the UK and Ireland which were catalogued using the RSLP CLD schema.
Digital resource created:  
An online database that currently offers descriptions of some 5500 collections of music-related concert performance emphemera (mainly printed concert programmes and handbills) held by 53 institutions, including the British Library, the Royal College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music, the national libraries of Scotland and Ireland, the Bodleian Library and Trinity College Dublin, providing access to a vital source of information about musical life from the eighteenth century to the present day. The project has unearthed programme material dating from 1690 to the present day, with the majority of records relating to material from the mid-nineteenth century onwards. During the course of the project many collections have been arranged, catalogued and made available to the public for the first time. In terms of geographical coverage, the database covers material from venues in some 80 countries worldwide, revealing the full diversity of institutional holdings and making this a truly international resource. Although the project is complete, records continue to be enhanced and new records and created by volunteers and some of the original participating institutions.
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Open Access
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Publications:  
Catherine Ferris, "Reviving the better days of music in Dublin? The extant concert programmes of the Dublin Musical Society (1875/1902)" (paper presented at the Sixth Biennial Conference on Music in 19th-Century Britain, University of Birmingham, England, July 2007)



Deborah Lee, "Organizing concert life: Concert programme arrangement and the historiography of musical performance" (paper given at the Sixth Biennial Conference on Music in 19th-Century Britain, University of Birmingham, July 2007)

Deborah Lee, "From chaos to coherence: methodological background, approaches and issues in the organisation of concert programmes" Brio 43/2 (2006): 24-39

Rachel Milestone, "Concert programmes and the nineteenth-century town hall",(paper given at the Sixth Biennial Conference on Music in 19th-Century Britain, University of Birmingham, July 2007)

Rupert Ridgewell, "Concert Programmes Project", RCM Research Chronicle Monthly 2/4 (March 2007): 1-3.

Rupert Ridgewell, "Bibliography Commission: Working Group on Access to Performance Ephemera", Fontes Artis Musicae 53/2, (2006): 70-71.

Rupert Ridgewell, "Introducing the Concert Programmes Project: POW Concerts at Alexandra Palace during World War I", John Bird Lecture, Cardiff University, 14 November 2006.

Rupert Ridgewell, "The Concert Programes Project" (paper given at the IAML/IAMIC Conference, Gothenburg, June 2006)

Rupert Ridgewell, "Indexing of Music Performances", Fontes Artis Musicae 52/2 (2005): 97-98.

Rupert Ridgewell, "The Concert Programmes Project" (paper given at the Royal Musical Association Annual Conference, Manchester, 6 November 2005)

Ian Taylor, "What's in a concert programme? Information and omission in the papers of Sir George Smart" (paper given at the Sixth Biennial Conference on Music in 19th-Century Britain, University of Birmingham, July 2007)

Ian Taylor, "How to read a concert programme: programmes from the papers of Sir George Smart", Brio 43/2 (2006): 8-23

Ian Taylor, "The Concert Programmes Project: Some Eighteenth-Century Findings" (paper given at the 22nd Annual Conference on Music in Eighteenth-Century Britain, Foundling Museum, London, 24 November 2006)

Ian Taylor, "The Papers of Andrew Ashe: Reflections on Early Nineteenth-Century London Concert Life" (public lecture in the 'Music and Ideas' series, Royal College of Music, 9 November 2006)

Institutions affiliated with this project: 

UK HE institutions involved:
Cardiff University
Royal College of Music
Other institutions involved:
British Library

Project staff and expertise: 

Principal staff member:Professor John Tyrrell, Professor Paul Banks, Dr Rupert Ridgewell
Other staff:Postdoctoral researcher(s) / Research assistant(s)
External expertise:Music Libraries Trust, who funded a preliminary scoping study and advised on the design of the project; Nick Poole (then MLA) who advised on the technical report;


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Author(s) of recordRupert Ridgewell
TitleThe concert programmes database for the UK and Ireland (phase 1)
Record created2010-10-04
Record updated2010-10-04 15:41
URL of recordhttp://www.arts-humanities.net/node/3604
Citation of recordRupert Ridgewell: The concert programmes database for the UK and Ireland (phase 1). <http://www.arts-humanities.net/node/3604> created: 2010-10-04, last updated 2010-10-04 15:41
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