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Make Music Day 21 June 2017

Do you love making music? We have a room available (for free) for Make Music Day. Let us know if you are interested!

Friends of Surrey Performing Arts Library events

Saturday 10 June 2017, 2.30pm

Robin Sebastian - Carry on acting!

Actor Robin Sebastian has had a varied stage and broadcasting career but is perhaps best know for his portrayals of the late, great Kenneth Williams. Robin will talk about how he got into acting, his life as an actor (with all its ups and downs), how Kenneth Williams came to be so important in his career and why, despite all the challenges and insecurities of acting as a profession, he would not choose any other.

Saturday 28 October 2017, 2.30pm

Nicolas Owen - Surving more than half a century in the media (part of the Mole Valley Arts Alive Festival). Tickets will be available nearer the time.

Tickets are free from the library counter or from FOSPAL (Telephone. 01372 453638)

Heritage Weekend event

Saturday 9 September 2017, 2pm

Jane Austen Playreading

'They had a very fine day for Box Hill...Nothing was wanting but to be happy when they got there.' (Emma, by Jane Austen).  2017 is the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death.  Join us for an afternoon of playreading adaptations of Jane Austen's novels, tea and cakes.  Bonnets optional!

Tickets are free, please book at the library counter, call us on 01306 887509, or email performing.arts@surreycc.gov.uk

Mole Valley Arts Alive Festival event

Saturday 14 October 2017, 2pm

Saving the score: Vaughan Williams' annotations restored

Conservator Victoria Stevens will talk about the process involved in stabilising Vaughan Williams' annotated score of Bach's St. Matthew Passion, housed in the library. Victoria will also talk about conservation in general using the score as an exemplar, with material samples and a demonstration for illustration.  Kindly sponsored by the Friends of Surrey Performing Arts Library (FOSPAL).

Tickets are free, please book at the library counter, call us on 01306 887509, or email performing.arts@surreycc.gov.uk


Rhymetimes

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

Find out more about Rhymetimes and availability at other libraries.


News


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.

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