Ros Clements
William Matthews query
Sun Nov 5, 2017 11:39am
86.152.170.200

Thanks for your interest in William Matthews, and his publications at the British Library.
Checking back, I looked at both the books mentioned in 2009 - 2010. The reference for the shelf mark for a reprint of Edwinstowe from "The Cherub", harmonised by Fred Blacow c. 1900, is incorrect, and should be G.518.l.(5.) using lower case l, not the figure 1, which I mis-transcribed from a sans-serif typeface, for which I apologise.
The details on my BL. reading room requests for the 'Four Hymns' by Matthews shows no 'No Title Entered', where the main title should appear. The shelf mark that is recorded is G.517.b.(9); I think that I must have had some help from the Music desk staff to order this, as a few things don't appear in the online catalogue, and they can usually be found with a bit of expert tweaking.
I will check what has happened next time I visit, and hope that a way in to the online catalogue can be made to work.
When WGMA visited Swanwick in Derbyshire in October 2010, I submitted settings of Risley, Sherwood, and Foundling to the music book, and I've checked that Mike Bailey is happy to supply you with the scores in pdf if you contact him by email.

Ros Clements


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        Jonathan Stanyon, Sun Nov 5 2:49pm
        Thanks Ros That gets me back on track. Jonathan
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          Edmund Gooch, Sun Nov 5 5:38pm
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            Jonathan Stanyon, Thu Nov 9 5:21pm
            Edmund Thanks for the tip. I will certainly do that. Jonathan
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                Edmund Gooch, Fri Nov 10 8:22am
                Thanks for sorting this with them, Ros - it's better that the book is on the catalogue as usual. Edmund
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