Library opening Christmas 2016/17

Library Opening Hours

Christmas Vacation 2016/17

Monday 19 – Wednesday 21 December 9.30-13.00


Thursday 22 December – Monday 2 January CLOSED
Tuesday 3 – Friday 6 January 9.30-13.00



Saturday 7 – Sunday 8 January CLOSED
Monday 9 January Term-time opening hours resume

From Friday 16 December: 7 Day loans, CDs and DVDs will be issued to Tuesday 3 January

From Wednesday 21 December Short loan items will be issued to 12 noon on Tuesday 3 January

Online resources are still available while the Library is closed using the links on Moodle, or your Athens login.

All opening times are subject to staff availability and the Library reserves the right to close if necessary. You are advised to phone in advance if you are making a special journey to visit the Library (0161 907 5243).

RNCM Library                      +44 (0) 161 907 5243

124 Oxford Road       


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Naxos roundup: Autumn 2016

Here are some of the best new CDs featured in recent issues of Gramophone, Classical Music and BBC Music Magazine (all available to read in the library). Click on the album covers below to listen on Naxos Music Library (if you’re off-campus you’ll need to log-in via Moodle first).

Weekly Library enquiry sessions

The next Library enquiry sessions are:

Tuesday 24th January

Wednesday 1st February

For one-to-one help with Library resources, help finding materials for assignments, or help with writing a bibliography.

Library term-time opening hours

From Monday 25th September we will return to our term-time hours:

Monday-Thursday: 9am-7pm

Friday: 9.30am-5pm

Saturday: 9am-1pm

Sunday: CLOSED

Don’t forget that during Induction week (18-24th September) we will be open 9am-5pm Monday-Friday and 9am-1pm Saturday.

Library party 29/6



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You are warmly invited to join the Library staff celebrate our 3rd IAML Music Library Award

When: Weds June 29, 12-2pm

Where: The Library of course!

For further information about the award please go to

Summer vacation opening hours

Monday July 4 – Sunday July 31

Monday – Friday 10am-1pm; 2pm-4.30pm
Saturday & Sunday Closed

Monday August 1 – Sunday September 4 *

Monday – Friday Morning: Closed

2pm-4.30pm: Open

Saturday & Sunday Closed

*Wednesday August 17: CLOSED

*Monday August 29: Bank Holiday: CLOSED

Monday September 5 – Sunday September 18

Monday – Friday 10am-1pm; 2pm-4.30pm
Saturday & Sunday Closed

Monday September 19 – Sunday September 25: INDUCTION WEEK

Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm
Saturday 9am – 1pm
Sunday Closed

Normal term time hours resume on Monday September 26

Afternoon opening during August is subject to staff availability – you are advised to phone in advance if you are making a special journey to visit the Library (0161 907 5243)

Journal Selections: Sum 2016

Here are a selection of recent articles taken from the library’s journal subscriptions. Click on the links below to read online (If you’re off-campus you’ll need to log into Athens first).


O’Dair, Marcus. “‘Pardon me, I’m very drunk’: alcohol, creativity and performance anxiety in the case of Robert WyattPopular Music, 35(2): 207-221.

“Robert Wyatt’s relationship with alcohol is multifaceted. He acknowledges its deleterious effect on aspects of his personal life, most notably on his relationship with wife and creative partner Alfreda Benge, and he has been teetotal since attending Alcoholics Anonymous in 2007–8. In professional terms, however, Wyatt continues to view alcohol positively: as a means to overcome anxiety as a performer and recording artist and as an aid to writing…”

Tunbridge, Laura. “Scarlett Johansson’s Body and the Materialization of Voice” Twentieth-Century Music, 13(1): 139-152.

“This article considers three science fiction films, released in 2013–14, featuring Scarlett Johansson: Her(dir. Spike Jonze), Lucy(dir. Luc Besson), and Under the Skin(dir. Jonathan Glazer). It suggests that to engage with the phenomenon of voice in imaginative and productive ways it is necessary to slide over a disciplinary divide and address more explicitly the musicality of speech. In my main example, Her, Johansson provides the voice of an operating system with which the film’s protagonist falls in love. Central to their intimate connection is the establishment of what I call the ‘haptic voice’, which conveys a sense of physical proximity…”

Burwell, Kim. ““She did miracles for me”: An investigation of dissonant studio practices in higher education music” Psychology of Music, 44(3): 466-481.

“In the research focused on studio-based instrumental and vocal learning there is a good deal of evidence indicating that the interpersonal relationship between teacher and student can have an important effect on the success of their work together…This article takes advantage of an opportunity presented within a broader project to explore the nested case study of a student who, exceptionally, reports that her teacher’s approach is not appropriate for her at her current stage of development…”

Leaving students borrowing arrangements

If you’re in your final year at College and about to finish your course (either UG or PG) then any Library items you borrow will now be due back on Friday 24th June. Please try and get everything back to us by this date, but if you still need something in the final week we can extend it until Friday 1st July.

All items must be returned to the Library, fines paid and invoices cleared by the end of term to ensure that you can graduate.

If you’re coming back onto a new course in September and wish to use the Library over the summer you can do so by paying a £50 deposit (returned once you register in September).

If you’re finishing but would still like to use the Library after July then you can sign up for a Library subscription (see a member of Library staff for more details).

New CDs: Best Online May 2016

Here are the best new CDs featured in this month’s Gramophone, Classical Music and BBC Music Magazine (all available to read in the library). Click on the album covers below to listen on Naxos Music Library (if you’re off-campus you’ll need to log-in via Moodle first).

Berlin Staatskapelle, Barenboim Kozhukhin, Berlin Radio Symphony, Sinaisky Swiss Romande Orchestra, N. Järvi G. Capuçon, Goerne, Quatuor Ebène Ricercar Consort Choir of King's College London Taverner Choir and Players, A. Parrott Bavarian Radio Symphony, Nézet-Séguin Juárez RIAS Chamber Chorus, Staats- und Domchor Berlin, Berlin Akademie für Alte Musik, R. Jacobs Klinton

New weekly Library enquiry sessions

New pic 1In response to feedback from this year’s Rate your Library we are now holding weekly enquiry sessions with the next ones being:

Monday 25th April, 9-5

Thursday 5th May 9-5

Just drop into the Library and ask a member of Library staff for help with anything Library related. Common queries are help searching online resources, how to reference and finding materials for assignments.

Alternatively you can tweet us your question @RNCMLibrary where we’ll also be posting our own tips for making the most of the Library.