The library can therefore be split into roughly two categories; music likely to be used by orchestras and music of historical archive interest.
The “hire” part of the library is probably around 5000 pieces. The orchestral music most likely to be required by orchestras includes the works of the “core” of light orchestral composers such as Eric Coates, Ernest Tomlinson, Leroy Anderson, Robert Farnon, Haydn Wood, Edward German, Albert Ketèlbey, Roger Quilter, Trevor Duncan, Peter Hope and others, individual “hits” by various composers, popular overtures, waltzes, marches and polkas from the Viennese composers, show and film selections and TV and film themes. Most of this is catalogued but not necessarily on a computer database. Currently the fully descriptive database lists about 2500 titles, but over 15000 other titles are listed in printed or handwritten catalogues. Cataloguing the remaining music is a priority but can only be done when there is time.
In the LMS library are collections that came from Frank Cantell (conductor of the BBC West of England Light Orchestra), Kent County Music Service, Burnley Library, Durham County Music Library, the Winter Gardens, Blackpool, Fritz Spiegl (flautist and writer), Monia Liter (pianist and broadcaster in the 1940s), Walter Collins (composer and conductor), John Fox (composer and arranger), Max Jaffa (violinist), the V&A and other sources too numerous to mention.
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