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Barbican Music Library

Barbican Music Library Free Exhibition

12 Oct 2019—4 Jan 2020
Ronnie Scott's 1959-69: Photography by Freddy Warren

A warm and intimate series of portraits marking the 60th anniversary of London’s legendary jazz club and the publication of a new book.
To celebrate the work of Freddy Warren, a selection of photographs are showcased in this exhibition that captures the atmosphere and movement of jazz. His photographs include performance shots and off–stage pictures of Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, Duke Ellington, Nina Simone and more. A previously unseen archive of his work also features behind the scene images of Ronnie Scott, personally overseeing the construction of the club's iconic Soho venue.

Visit us for:

  • The largest selection of CDs in any London public library with strong holdings across a wide range of genres, plus music DVDs
  • Sheet music and scores, music books and magazines
  • Listening booths
  • Music electronic resources
  • Friendly, expert staff

Piano hire

We have two electronic pianos available for customers to use, free of charge and we provide headphones in exchange for ID.

Pianos can be booked for up to one hour per day, either on the day or one day in advance. Any un-booked sessions will be available on a first come, first served basis to all users. Sessions may be forfeited if you are more than 10 minutes late.

Vocal scores and orchestral sets for hire

We can borrow orchestral sets and vocal scores on behalf of orchestras and choirs based in the City of London. To be eligible to borrow sets, your regular rehearsal venue must be within the City of London.

The following information must be provided when placing orders:

  • Name of your group
  • Composer, title and edition (where known) of the piece
  • Number of copies required
  • Date they are needed by (one month to six weeks notice required)
  • Date of your performance

Charges are per copy/set per day:

  • Vocal scores: £1 per loan and 25p overdue fines
  • Orchestral sets: £35 per loan per set and £1 overdue fines

Email the Barbican Music Library Team for all enquiries/bookings.

Unsigned London

Promotes music by artists without a record deal who are based in the London area by stocking their CDs in the library. We accept music of all genres and it is a great and easy way of promoting your music and attracting new fans as the public can borrow the CDs for free.

If you are a musician or in a band and you would like to donate a CD of your music to the library, drop by or email the Barbican Music Library Team

Gilbert and Sullivan Society Library

Barbican Music Library houses the Library of the Gilbert and Sullivan Society which is for reference only. For a list of items in the collection, and for further information, please visit the Gilbert and Sullivan Society website and use the link "Library List" on that page.

What's happening
40 x 40: a Celebration of Print
03 Dec 2019 - 31 Dec 2019
00:00 - 23:59
Barbican Library

A free art exhibition taking place in the foyer of the Barbican Library

Find out more about 40 x 40: a Celebration of Print
Let's Talk
10 Dec 2019
10:30 - 12:30
Barbican Library

A conversation group for learning English

Find out more about Let's Talk
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