Following completion of the first phase of the Concert Programmes Project in 2007, we have taken the opportunity to add data relating to the holdings of several additional institutions. These notably include records detailing the substantial holdings of Cambridge University Library and sample records from two German libraries: the Sächsische Landesbibliothek – Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden; and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater ‘Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy’ Leipzig. It is hoped that further additional records will be added in due course, with a view to expanding the geographic coverage of the project to encompass other European libraries and archives. Discussions towards this goal are being led by the IAML Working Group on Access to Performance Ephemera.
The development of the new CPP website has been generously funded by grants from IAML (UK & Irl), the Music Libraries Trust, and a donation from Chris Banks. The website includes for the first time a map interface, making it possible to visualise the locations of concert venues and institutional repositories represented in the database. Work on geocoding this data is ongoing and has been partly funded by a related AHRC-funded project, In Context: Towards a Collaborative Archive of Musical Ephemera. This pilot project aims to set new standards in the development and curation of data drawn from concert programmes and related sources, and explores the potential for linking data held in three related datasets: the Calendar of London Concerts 1750-1800; the 19th Century London Concert Life Database (1815-95); and the Concert Programme Exchange series (1900-1914). For more information please visit the In Concert website: http://inconcert.datatodata.com.
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