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New Music Librarian: Jacqueline Wilson

posted 22 May 2014, 02:14 by Sabc Media Libraries


Jacqueline Wilson is the new music librarian at the Music Library. She has been at the SABC Music Library for 2 months.
She answer a few questions about her career.

Out with the old, in with the new

posted 28 Feb 2013, 00:05 by Sabc Media Libraries


A new set of timpani for the SABC Music Library.

By Suzette Lombard, Principal Music Librarian

New Yamaha grand piano

posted 29 Jan 2013, 04:06 by Sabc Media Libraries


Unfortunately even well-made pianos don’t last forever, and in 2012 the SABC Music Library had to say goodbye to one of our collection of pianos, of which the frame had cracked. Fortunately we were able to acquire a brand new Yamaha C5 grand piano to replace it.

Musings in the Music Library #9 - Budget

posted 11 Jul 2012, 06:25 by Sabc Media Libraries

by Daniel Neal
Another vignette from the music librarian.

O tempora, O mores!  What we could do if we only had more budget!  
Artscape is now saying they may “renovate” the Library.  Well, they mean the room it’s in.  Considered old, ugly, dissheveled and antiquated (all true), the general upgrade of the entire Artscape Theatre Complex has now noticed another problem to be solved.  Motive?  To make it look modern and impressive, mostly. 

Concert - Charl du Plessis Trio with Musa Sakupwanya

posted 17 May 2012, 00:47 by Sabc Media Libraries

- Suzette Lombard, Music Librarian

With everything in life the novelty eventually wears off. If you attend concerts or shows regularly, you find yourself attending a lot of events that are good and even exceptional, but still leave you fairly cold. But once in a while you might be fortunate enough to hear something that blows you away. 
A case in point is the concert I attended last Sunday at the Linder Auditorium.

Musings in the Music Library #5 - Copyright

posted 20 Apr 2012, 06:09 by Sabc Media Libraries

Daniel Neal from the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra Library in a mail to the SABC Music Library and the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra Library:

"Copyright is for the protection of the creator, an esoteric subdivision of legalities that makes Peace in the Middle East quite straightforward by comparison.  
As an introduction, South Africa and Canada recognize copyright as Death (of the creator, author, composer etc) plus Fifty years..."

Acquisition in the SABC Music Library - Paiste Crotales

posted 17 Apr 2012, 01:17 by Sabc Media Libraries

The Music Library recently acquired a new set of 30 Paiste crotales, ranging from C6 (8va above middle C) to F8.

Musings in the Music Library #4 - Cape Philharmonic Orchestra Library

posted 13 Apr 2012, 02:30 by Sabc Media Libraries

Fellow librarian, Daniel Neal
- from the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra Library in a mail to the SABC Music Library and the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra Library:

"The standard title of where I work is the CPO Library, although this is for convenience.  What was the CTSO collection is owned by the Cape Orchestra Trust, and what was CAPAB’s still belongs to Artscape..."


Musings in the Music Library #3 - Cape Philharmonic Orchestra Library

posted 10 Apr 2012, 06:05 by Sabc Media Libraries

A series of vignettes sent by  fellow librarian, Daniel Neal from the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra Library, in a mail to the SABC Music Library and the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra Library: 

"An orchestra library is not a place of research or reference, although it does have certain capacities in that medium..."  

Musings in the Music Library #2 - Cape Philharmonic Orchestra Library

posted 3 Apr 2012, 06:03 by Sabc Media Libraries


Daniel Neal, Cape Philharmonic Orchestra Library

"The CPO Library is a rather complex entity, a partially combined form of what had been the CAPAB Library and the CTSO Library that was a result of the merger in 1997 of the then two orchestras of Cape Town.  
Each collection was (and still is) catalogued in its own manner and wasn’t (and still isn’t) cross-indexed.  
On taking up the post of Orchestra Librarian in April 2001 I was immediately lost and often plagued with questions of availability that I was unable to answer..."

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