IAML (UK & Irl) Excellence Award for RFMI Researcher

Dr Catherine Ferris (RFMI) was presented with a IAML (UK & Irl) Excellence Award on 12 April 2014 at Fitzwilliam College Cambridge.

The Excellence Awards are presented every two years and acknowledge activity in music libraries which demonstrates sustained good work and good practice with the potential to be adopted and adapted by others. The Awards also recognise outstanding personal achievement by individuals. The nominations for this year’s Awards were judged by a panel of experts from both the music and library worlds, chaired by Professor Jan Smaczny of Queen’s University, Belfast. Music libraries play a key role in supporting the study, performance and enjoyment of music and underpin the vibrant diverse musical life and heritage in the UK and Ireland and, as Prof Smaczny has said,” the very musical infrastructure of the United Kingdom and Ireland depends fundamentally on the work of music librarians.”

Citation | Dr Catherine Ferris
The Panel recognises and applauds your transformational contribution to librarianship and music scholarship in Ireland and, through your work with IAML (UK & Irl) your contribution to music librarianship more widely across the UK. You have shown strategic initiative and huge energy in instigating projects and bringing them to fruition. Your contribution as the Bookings Secretary for the Dublin 2011 Conference was vital to the success of the event and as IAML (UK & Irl) General Secretary from 2011-2013 you quickly transformed some crucial aspects of the branch’s day-to-day operations. You have also served on the IAML (UK & Irl) Documentation Committee from 2010 and your interest in documentation is wide-ranging – culminating most recently in a scoping and feasibility study to survey uncatalogued pre-twentieth century music scores and manuscripts held by the National Library of Ireland. This exercise had its first success with the discovery of a set of parts for Paul Alday’s Grand Symphony [c. 1816], the first symphony known to have been composed in Ireland. This led to an important academic symposium ‘The symphony and Ireland’, organised by Catherine in April 2013 incorporating a live 1st performance of the Symphony.


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