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CYM Library and Covid-19: Updated 10/1/21

CYM Library staff are currently not in the office, as Hornsey main library is closed because of the new lockdown and once more we are working from home. We expect the library to re-open soon and we will then be visiting occasionally with the eventual aim of a full return on Tuesdays and Fridays.  Email remains our sole means of communication and any emails received are dealt with daily.  Please do not leave messages on the CYM Library answerphone as it is not working.  We are able to accept reservations of our vocal, orchestral and wind band music, but with flexibility on the start date.  This takes into account the fact that many of you do not yet know when you will be able to commence rehearsals.  We can send you a quote for hire charges, but not actually send an invoice until your start date is confirmed.  These reservations would be firm, meaning that you would have first option if anyone else showed interest. If music is required during the next couple of months, we can arrange that, but not on a "next day" basis.  If you have music to return, it would be helpful if you would hold on to it until the current lockdown is modified, but if that is impossible, there are arrangements for Parcelforce and other couriers to make contact with the library office and deliver parcels to us, even if the library is shown as being closed. Please get in touch by email if you wish to contact us.  We send you our good wishes and hope you are all staying safe and well.  Peter and Ceri

ScoresWe have a very wide range of music for hire, in the following categories:



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Once you have chosen a selection of music you are interested in hiring, please refer to the Arrangements for borrowing page.


New additions to our stock

After successfully winning a substantial prize in a lottery run by Ecclesiastical Insurance, we have purchased Todd: Jazz Missa brevis, Goodall: The Lord is my shepherd and added copies to our set of Vierne: Messe solennelle.

With two separate, generous grants from Finzi Friends, we have been able to increase our stocks of music by Gerald Finzi. We have purchased a set of Lo, the full, final sacrifice - a festival anthem and one of Finzi's longer choral pieces.  We have also added extra copies to our existing sets of God is gone upFor St. Cecilia and Intimations of immortality.  Thank you to Finzi Friends for making this possible.

A substantial donation from Mr. T. Gentleman enabled us to purchase a set of Dvorak Mass in D vocal scores (New Novello edition).

Other recent additions include:

Vocal scores and orchestral parts: Sunrise mass: (Gjeilo): and vocal scores of the following: Eternal light (Goodall), Adiemus (Jenkins), Les Chansons de roses & O nata lux (Lauridsen), Missa Brevis (MacMillan), Shipping forecast (McDowall), Birthday madrigals, Feel the spirit & Sprig of thyme (Rutter), Mass in blue (Todd), The Collection (Whitacre), In the mood (ed. Blackwell) and Les miserables medley (Schoenberg) well as songs by Adele and Leonard Cohen. These additions to our stock has all been made possible with a grant from the Radcliffe Trust for which we are very grateful.

Music for Community Choirs

We hold a collection of music suitable for performance with community choirs.  Please contact us by e-mail for advice and a list of song suggestions for your choir.