The Collection Online: Beta

Welcome to the new digital home of the Collection.

Please note that the website is currently in development. We value your feedback; please get in touch with any comments or questions.

The British Music Collection is a remarkable resource consisting of over 30,000 scores and recordings from contemporary British composers. The majority of the collection dates from 1960 onwards, but it also encompasses material stretching back to 1900. The physical collection is publicly accessible and located in a bespoke search room within the Music Library of the University of Huddersfield, soon to be relocated to the brand new Heritage Quay Archive Centre. This online catalogue also provides access to significant digitised content including scores, media, biographies and further information relating to composers and their music. 

Help us Make the Collection a World-Leading Resource for New Music

Sound and Music is England's national agency for new music. Its mission is to unlock the creative potential of composers, to open up their work for more people to discover, and to develop a vibrant future for new music as a result. We are extremely grateful for your generous support in helping us to achieve our goal.


An Invitation to Composers: Add Your Work to the Collection

We are starting to see the beginning of the transformation of the Collection into a world leading resource for new music discovery. This includes the launch of a new, more interactive and dynamic website; an updated acquisitions policy; the opening of a brand new archive centre at the University of Huddersfield; a partnership with Google Cultural Institute that will exhibit the Collection to a global audience; plus a wide range of talent development, education and audience development activity that you can find out about on our website.

If you are a composer and would like to add your work to the Collection, please read the acquisitions policy to check that you meet the criteria.

Then simply contact us to set up a new, or edit an existing, online profile.

Angharad Cooper, Sound and Music, on Freetagging: A Crowdsourced Community Project

At Sound and Music, we are big on the idea of community, - it is one of our main reasons for opening up the British Music Collection into a world leading resource for the discovery of new music. One of the most exciting new features of the Collection website is the ability to free-tag composer profiles, scores, and articles - community engagement in a digital world.

Free-tagging is a system whereby online content is classified collaboratively, - becoming entirely self-organised by the community who engage with it. Tag clouds not only display the vocabulary of users, but hierarchies, in the form of larger and smaller words. This opens up new ways of navigating through the collection, creating something which is by its very nature democratic and accessible. The results of the free-tagging on this site thus far can be seen in our tag cloud, which is constantly in flux as users edit their profiles.