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Claire Kidwell
Head Librarian,
Jerwood Library of the Performing Arts
Tel: +44 (0)20 8305 4425

A pianist and clarinettist from an early age, Claire went on to study music at Oxford University, then Librarianship at UCL. She came to Trinity Laban in 2003 from the British Library, where she worked as a music cataloguer. Other professional duties have included being Secretary to the Music Libraries Trust and Treasurer of the UK & Ireland branch of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres. She currently holds the positions of Chair of the IAML Copyright Committee and IAML (UK & Irl) Trade & Copyright Committee, as well as representing IAML (UK & Irl) on the Libraries and Archives Copyright Alliance.

Helen Mason
Librarian: Cataloguing, enquiries and acquisitions
Tel: +44 (0)20 8305 4421

Helen studied music and French at Exeter University and librarianship at North London Polytechnic. She started her career as a cataloguer at the National Sound Archive, moved to run the county Music & Drama library service in Lincolnshire and joined Trinity Laban in 2007. She served as Hon. Secretary of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (UK & Irl) and chair of SoundLINCS (Lincolnshire’s community music organisation). Currently she is minutes secretary for the Music Libraries Trust. She plays flute, recorder and a variety of early music instruments.

Lucy Rose
Librarian: Cataloguing, enquiries and acquisitions
Tel: +44 (0)20 8305 4428

Lucy studied music at Durham University and librarianship at Aberystwyth University. After working as a cataloguer for the Royal National Institute of the Blind, she worked for Hertfordshire Libraries as their Performing Arts Librarian before joining Trinity Laban in 2019.  She plays the horn.

Edith Speller
Librarian: Library systems, user education and marketing
Tel: +44 (0)20 8305 4422

Edith studied music at Southampton University where she played cello and bass guitar, followed by librarianship at City University (London). She is currently Secretary of the Music Libraries Trust. She joined Trinity Laban in 2007, having previously worked for the Royal College of Music and the London Library. Her favourite musicians include Anna Meredith, Hannah Peel and Thomas Truax.

Walter Cardew
Senior Library Assistant (Part-time): Issue desk, inter-library loans and binding
Tel: +44 (0)20 8305 4429

Walter Cardew studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Goldsmiths College. He started working at Trinity Laban in 2000 having previously worked at Hammersmith and West London College, University of North London and Whipps Cross Hospital.

David Butler
Library Assistant: Issue desk and stock processing
Tel: +44 (0)20 8305 4423

David studied cello, gaining a BMus (Hons) and a PGDip. David particularly enjoyed playing chamber music and was a member of the Bergonzi String quartet for six years which took him as far afield as India to perform. He has also enjoyed music courses and performances both in the UK and abroad with the Vacation Chamber Orchestra. David has previously worked at the Music Publishers Association and the Royal Academy of Music.

James Luff
Library Assistant (Part-time): Issue desk and stock processing
Tel: +44 (0)20 8305 4429

James studied music at Goldsmiths College and philosophy at UCL. He is a composer, classical guitarist and co-curator of the London-based 840 concert series. Before starting at the Jerwood Library, James worked in the libraries at UCL and Senate House.