Catches and Glees in the Jerwood Library
24th January-14th March 2013
Catches and glees were distinctly English forms of part song typically sung by male voices. The catch was primarily known for its humour, often of a rather crude variety, and was popular from the late sixteenth century whilst the glee with its more refined subject matter was encouraged from the mid-eighteenth century. Glees were through-composed part songs but catches were sung as rounds, with the parts often arranged so as to give the words added meaning when combined. The Jerwood Library holds a significant number of catch and glee collections, mainly dating from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. This exhibition highlights some of these collections and explores the social context of part singing at that time.
A PDF version of the exhibition guide is available (1.1 MB).
John Cage (1912-1992)
Exhibition to commemorate Out of the Cage!
October - December 2012
Out of the Cage! is a centennial celebration of John Cage & Friends featuring a multitude of musicians, dancers, and other performers simultaneously animating a labyrinth of rooms and spaces in the Old Royal Naval College on 26 October 2012.
The exhibition displayed materials from the Jerwood Library collection and the private collection of Trinity professor and artistic director of Out of the Cage! Stephen Montague as well as photos from the Merce Cunningham/John Cage residency at the Laban Centre in 1980, provided by the Laban Archive.
Trinity Laban composers series: Errollyn Wallen MBE
June - October 2012
Errollyn Wallen was born in Belize and moved to England when she was two years old. She read Music at Goldsmiths, King's College, London and King's College, Cambridge.
Recent commissions and performances include, amongst others, Diamond Greenwich performed for the Queen at the re-opening of The Cutty Sark in Greenwich, All the People of the World for the Hallé Orchestra, Triptych for organist Thomas Trotter, a tour of Carbon 12: A Choral Symphony for Welsh National Opera, and the film Falling for Channel 4 and ABC Television.
Current commissions include two works featuring the London Symphony Orchestra for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympics.
Errollyn Wallen was awarded an MBE in the 2007 Queen's Honours List for services to music.
The exhibition displayed a range of items relating to Errollyn and her work, including scores, CDs, photographs and other ephemera. A feature was one of Errollyn's own CDs, which has been to outer space on the NASA STS-115 mission.
Wild Ambitions: Louis Jullien and his Musical Circulating
20th April - 7th June 2012
April 2012 marks the bicentenary of the birth of Louis Antoine Jullien (1812-1860), a French-born conductor and composer who revolutionized concert going in mid-nineteenth century Britain. In the Jerwood Library we hold around 250 bound volumes once belonging to a music circulating library which Jullien operated from his 'Royal Conservatory of Music' on Regent Street. This collection represents one of very few such libraries to have survived from this period and is interesting for its reflection on the musical culture of the time. The exhibition highlights items from the library and explores the life and work of Louis Jullien.
A PDF version of the exhibition guide is available (1.3 MB).