Delius at the British Library and on BBC Radio 3

A team from the Faculty of Music and the Oxford E-Research Centre have been awarded the first prize for research in the British Library Labs annual awardsfor their work on the Delius Catalogue of Works.

The award recognised the work of Professor Daniel Grimley and Dr Joanna Bullivant from the Faculty of Music, and Dr Kevin Page and David Lewis from the Oxford e-Research Centre, on a complete catalogue of the works of the Delius. The catalogue is fully searchable, and is based on open standards (Music Encoding Initiative) and free and open source software (MerMEId, devised by the Royal Library of Copenhagen). Throughout the project, Dr Bullivant worked closely with the Delius Trust and the British Library, who hold many important Delius manuscripts, and the catalogue is integrated with the British Library’s own catalogue.

Dan Grimley and Joanna Bullivant also feature in a special episode of BBC Radio 3’s Music Matters programme to be broadcast on Saturday 8 December at 12.15pm, where they talk to Tom Service about Delius’s life in Paris and Grez-sur-Loing. The programme marks the publication of Dan Grimley’s new book on the composer: Delius and the Sound of Place (Cambridge University Press).

Presenting the award at the BL Symposium on 12 November, Amelie Roper, British Library Research Development Manager, said that the panel had been particularly impressed by ‘the way the catalogue balanced producing a resource suitable for a wide variety of users – scholars, performers and students – whilst maintaining a high scholarly standard’.

Formed in 2013, British Library Labs promotes, inspires and supports the use of the Library’s digital collections and data. Each year, the British Library Labs Awards recognises exceptional projects that have used the Library’s digital collections and data in four awards categories: Research, Artistic, Commercial, and Teaching/Learning.

The catalogue is the product of the ‘Delius, Modernism, and the Sound of Place’ research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and carried out as a collaboration between the University of Oxford, the Delius Trust, the British Library and the Royal Library of Copenhagen.