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.

Dave Smith, the new Participation and Engagment Officer for Heritage Quay, explores the Collection

Hello everyone from the brand new Participation and Engagement Officer for Heritage Quay, Dave Smith.

You may be wondering what that title means and it’s nothing to do with archive weddings. I’ve got a really exciting role, as it’s my job to find interesting ways to involve local or interested people in what we’ve got in our archive. Over the next three years I’ll be organising events, workshops and activities based on interesting people and stories from the collections, with lots of opportunities for everyone to get involved in the programme too. Keep an eye on the Heritage Quay website for more details.