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Events and activities 

Friends of Surrey Performing Arts Library events 2016

Saturday 4 March 2017, 2.30–4pm

Heitor Villa-Lobos: a rapid impression of the whole of Brazil. A talk with musical extracts. 

Simon Wright, a leading authority on Brazil's most celebrated and prolific composer, Heiter Villa-Lobos, will talk about the composer's life and work and its place in Brazilian and world culture. Tickets are free and can be obtained from the library or from the FOSPAL ticket secretary (01372 453638).


Rhymetime is available at the Library: Tuesdays, 2–2.30pm.

Find out more about Rhymetimes and availability at other libraries.


Surrey Performing Arts Library receives another Excellence Award

As part of their annual weekend conference the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres: UK and Ireland Branch (IAML UK & Irl) celebrated institutional Excellence at its recent Excellence Awards ceremony on Saturday 2 April 2016.

Peter Baxter collecting certificateAmongst the 13 winners for 2016 was Surrey Performing Arts Library, which has now won the Excellence Award for a 4th time, and Peter Baxter was there to collect the award certificate from Professor Jan Smaczny

The Excellence Awards are presented every two years and acknowledge activity in music libraries which demonstrates sustained good work and good practice with the potential to be adopted and adapted by others. Music collections from any sector in the UK and Ireland can be nominated for the Award, no matter what their sector, size or type.

The nominations for this year’s Awards were judged by a panel of experts from both the music and library worlds, chaired by Jan Smaczny, Professor Emeritus of Music, Queen’s University, Belfast.

Music libraries play a key role in supporting the study, performance and enjoyment of music and underpin the vibrant diverse musical life and heritage in the UK and Ireland. Said Prof Smaczny "the very musical infrastructure of the United Kingdom and Ireland depends fundamentally on the work of music librarians".

The panel felt that "Surrey was the quintessence of what a public music library ought to be. The service was particularly commended for its impressive range of activities, good engagement with the public, lively atmosphere and outreach work."

Surrey Performing Arts Library staff receive Tower Award!

Smiling libraries staff receive the Tower AwardThe staff of Surrey Performing Arts Library were delighted to receive a Tower Award for outstanding customer service from Councillor Richard Walsh (Cabinet Member for Localities and Community Wellbeing) at a special ceremony at the Library on Thursday 21 January 2016. 

The nomination, by Councillor Walsh, was the result of a highly complimentary letter from a library user of long standing who praised the staff and the resources of the Library.