The Dvořák Society has a collection of publications, recordings and scores. Historically this material has been stored in the home of the Librarian and made available for loan to Society members. The Society has also made this available to others: namely bona fide students, researchers and other specialists.
In the last few years there has been a tremendous growth in the volume of our Library material (in the main, thanks to the very generous donations of many members). The result of this is that the total volume of items is now more than can be expected of any one member to adequately house and administer.
In 2007 after much consideration, it was decided to move the contents of the Library, to be housed at the Centre for the Study of Eastern European Music at Cardiff University.
In selecting Cardiff and having the support of professional Librarians, we believe that our objective — to ensure proper preservation and cataloguing — has been achieved. Importantly, the Society will retain ownership of the items deposited.
For the time being we regret that the Library Service is temporarily in suspension, due to the relocation to the new facility building and the need to re-catalogue.
We offer thanks to those who have housed and administered the Library since its inception, particularly Vera Marsden, for her excellent work on cataloguing this resource, and more recently to Philip Carlin.
F The Dvořák Society is making available on CD certain historic recorded performances, conducted by Vilém Tauský CBE FGSM, to be known as the Vilém Tauský Archive Collection. This venture will be used to raise money for the Society’s Scholarship Fund.
Born on 20 July 1910 in Přerov, central Moravia, the composer, conductor and teacher Vilém Tauský was a much loved and respected Vice-President of the Dvořák Society. Along with the late Sir Charles Mackerras (a former President of the Society), he probably did as much as anyone to bring Czech music to the attention of British music lovers in the post-war period.
F To raise funds for charitable activities, the Dvořák Society offers members a record sales service. Because the Society is run by volunteers, no profits from these sales go to pay salaries.
For further information about the Record Service, please contact Bill Marsden (Record Service Administrator). The address is—
32, Blundell Drive,
Telephone: 01704 564 025 (outside the UK: +44 1704 564 025)