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Shirley Thwaite

Shirley Thwaite

Music Librarian

I have been associated with music, and in particular singing, all my adult life.   I worked for many years with Michael Kibblewhite – Cantate’s founder – with his adult choirs and some 10+ years ago he asked me if I would like to take on the job of Music Librarian for Cantate.  Although my experience at the time was with administration rather than library work, I accepted and can honestly say I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Cantate and watching young singers progress through the choir many to become accomplished singers.  I have now worked with three Cantate Music Directors – Michael, Nick Shaw and now Lucy – and it is a pleasure to help them pass on their considerable musical talents to a younger generation.


Cantate Music Librarian Responsibilities

Organizing and issuing music to all Cantate singers as directed by the Music Director.  Cantate has amassed a vast library of music over the years from which to draw but additionally the Librarian will need to purchase music on the choir’s  behalf.

The Librarian needs to keep accurate records of music owned and issued.  Regular stocktaking is advised and lists of music held by the Librarian sent out to the music staff and trustees.

Students’ folders of music are collected in at the end of each season, emptied and filed away and new music issued as required by the Music Director.   It is essential, therefore, that the Librarian maintains regular contact with the Choir Managers in order to ensure accurate lists of singers.

The Music Librarian needs to attend rehearsals regularly in case any of the students, or the music staff, require music and when a student leaves the choir their folder of music must be returned to the Librarian.