Helen Andrews

I have been a volunteer with the Library of the Light Music Society since I took early retirement about 8 years ago. Over that time I have seen many changes, the biggest being the relocation of the library from Longridge to Long Preston.

My primary role is to provide sets of music requested by our members for their orchestras to perform. This generally means hunting through our catalogues and many uncatalogued collections to find the music and then compile it into sets for sending out. One advantage of moving to Long Preston is that the music is now all readily accessible and I no longer have to walk the plank or hunt in the rafters of the barn to locate it!

No two days are the same. Music requests come from all over the UK and sometimes from Europe or even further afield.

As an orchestral player myself, it is always interesting to see what music is being played from the light music to classical repertoire. We also get requests for rogue parts to complete members’ own collections. This can often be a challenge to find some of the more obscure pieces.

We are a friendly, easy going, team working together to further the awareness of our collection for all orchestras and to promote the wider objectives of the Light Music Society.

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