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This database is the result of a three-year project (2004–07), funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and hosted by Cardiff University and the Royal College of Music.  It provides descriptions of concert programme collections held by leading libraries, archives and museums in the UK and Ireland, thereby improving access to a vital source of information about musical life from the eighteenth century to the present day.

The database is intended as a guide to finding programme collections, rather than providing full details of the content of individual programmes.  The institutional coverage is extensive and includes the British Library, the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music in London, the Bodleian Library, Oxford and the national libraries of Scotland and Ireland, as well as repositories in Aldeburgh, Birmingham, Bradford, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Edinburgh, Leeds and Manchester. A full list of the locations covered by the project can be found by browsing the database by 'Institution'.

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Each collection of programmes covered by the project has been described and indexed with reference to geographical coverage and concert venues, time periods, subjects, and names of performers, concert venues, ensembles, promoters, and collectors.  Users may browse each of these fields by following the links to 'Time', 'People' (both personal and corporate names), 'Place' (concert venues) or 'Subject', or search the entire database using the search box or the advanced search options provided.  For a guide to using the database, please follow the link below to the Help page.

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The Concert Programmes database has been built using the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council’s Collection Description Service.



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