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Music Hire

BEFORE hiring any orchestral parts or vocal sets, you are strongly encouraged to read the Amateur Music Hire Guidelines issued by the Music Publishers Association (MPA).


ORCHESTRAL PARTS

Pendlebury Library of Music

The Pendlebury Library has around 500 sets of small-scale orchestral parts available for hire.

Search online: http://depfacoz-newton.lib.cam.ac.uk (orchestral parts have classmarks starting OL)
Read the Terms and Conditions (PDF)
Print a Request Form (PDF)

Here is a list of some other sources of orchestral parts in Cambridge and further afield:


Cecilia

Cecilia is a searchable online directory of music collections in archives, libraries and museums in the UK and Ireland, and includes information on orchestral sets collections available for hire

Christ’s College Library

Christ’s College Library has hundreds of orchestral and vocal sets available for hire
Search online: http://www.christs.cam.ac.uk/current-students/library/music-hire/

CUMS Orchestral Hire Library

CUMS has around 400 orchestral sets. The collection is managed by Brian Jordan Music on their behalf
Search online: http://www.cums.org.uk/hire/library/hire.php

Encore!

Encore! is a union catalogue of borrowable sets of orchestral and vocal music in UK libraries

Public Libraries

For access to orchestral sets from the public library network, contact the Cambridge Public Library. Most orchestral sets available in this way are listed in these catalogues:
British Union Catalogue of Orchestral Sets (BUCOS) (printed catalogue)
Encore! The Online Union-catalogue of sets of performance music in UK Libraries (online catalogue)

Publishers’ Hire Libraries

These may be the only source for certain composers (especially for those still in copyright)
Contact the publisher directly or go through Brian Jordan Music

Westminster Music Library

Orchestral sets may be borrowed from Westminster Music Library by any organisation based in the United Kingdom
Search online: http://www.westminster.gov.uk/libraries/special/music/orchestralsets/

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VOCAL SETS

Pendlebury Library

The Pendlebury Library only has a very small selection of vocal sets for hire.

Search online: http://depfacoz-newton.lib.cam.ac.uk (vocal sets have classmarks starting CL)
Read the Terms and Conditions (PDF)
Print a Request Form (PDF)

Here is a list of some other sources for hiring vocal sets:

Cecilia

Cecilia is a searchable online directory of music collections in archives, libraries and museums in the UK and Ireland, and includes information on vocal sets collections available for hire

Christ’s College Library

Christ’s College Library has hundreds of orchestral and vocal sets available for hire
Search online: http://www.christs.cam.ac.uk/current-students/library/music-hire/

Encore!

Encore! is a union catalogue of borrowable sets of orchestral and vocal music in UK libraries

Public Libraries

For access to vocal sets from the public library network, contact the Cambridge Public Library. You can also have a quick look at a list of their vocal score sets (click on ‘Music score sets’, PDF file).

Most vocal sets available in this way are listed in:
Encore! The Online Union-catalogue of sets of performance music in UK Libraries (online catalogue)

Publishers’ Hire Libraries

These may be the only source for certain composers (especially for those still in copyright)
Contact the publisher directly or go through Brian Jordan Music
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