Sunday 21 June not only marks the longest day of the year and Father’s Day but it’s also ‘Make Music Day’! In last week’s blog, we introduced you to the background to ‘Make Music Day’ and gave you lots of ways you can get involved. Today, we thought we would take you through a few of the musical resources that are available to Warwickshire Libraries members and remind you of some of the ways you can celebrate on Sunday.


 ‘Make Music Day 2020’ is going digital!

‘Make Music Day’ takes place every 21 June, and is a celebration of music with free events normally taking place in venues and public spaces around the world. The most fantastic thing is that it’s a day where music can be performed by anyone whatever their age, skill level or style, and enjoyed by everyone and all for FREE.

Here at Warwickshire Libraries, we are supporting ‘Make Music Day’ and there are lots of ways you can get involved whether you are a performer or a listener – there is something for everyone.

For all performers out there, ‘Make Music Day’ is offering video tutorials and toolkits on how to live stream your music.

For all listeners, you’ll find a full listing of all the digital events taking place in the UK this year here. From virtual choirs to online jams, debuting soloists to established ensembles, there is something for everyone. The choice is yours!

Looking to participate without putting on a performance? Why not explore the many projects and activities you can take part in to get musically creative:

  • Build your own instrument from old clutter and junk with ‘Bash the Trash’
  • Submit your own version of ‘Make Music Day UK’s’ official anthem ‘Bring Me Sunshine’.

We’d love to see and hear how you celebrate ‘Make Music Day’ too so send us a photo or post on social media and tag us on either Twitter (@warkslibraries) or Facebook so the whole of Warwickshire can enjoy your performances and creations too (don’t forget to include #MakeMusicDayUK and #MySunshine).

Accessing music with your Warwickshire Libraries library card

Did you know you can use your library card to access a wealth of musical resources both online and by visiting your local library? Library buildings are currently closed but hopefully we can whet your appetite for when we reopen and until then, please explore the digital content mentioned below.

Annotation 2020-06-11 142738Warwickshire Libraries run a Music and Drama Service which holds a large collection of music scores, play scripts and books on all aspects of music and drama. Music scores are available both for individual musicians and for bigger ensembles such as choirs and orchestras. If you are part of a group that would like to hire vocal scores or orchestral sets, please email us:

You can find out more about the Music and Drama Service and view our catalogue of music stock here (please note, while library buildings are closed, access to our physical stock is not possible).



Annotation 2020-06-11 143021If you enjoy listening to music, you can use your library card to stream music FREE from Naxos. Home to classical, jazz, blues, world, Chinese music and more, you can listen to whole CDs or pick out your favourite tracks, create your own personal playlists, add albums or tracks to ‘Favourites’ and, with mobile devices, you can take your music with you wherever you go.

Recently added albums you might like include ‘Work from home: Classical music for focus and concentration’ or ‘Work from home: music for productivity’ – perfect for anyone who has switched from the office to the home.

As 2020 is also the 250th anniversary of the birth of composer Ludwig van Beethoven, if you type ‘Beethoven 2020’ into the search box, you can access a comprehensive collection of Beethoven CDs newly released for 2020. A world of listening pleasure and all you need to do is sign in with your Warwickshire Libraries library card number.

Bloomsbury Digital Resources

For a limited time, you can also access content from Bloomsbury Digital Resources. You can explore their ‘Popular Music’ and ‘Drama Online’ sections as part of our #LibrariesfromHomePlus collection. Be quick though as this offer is only available until the end of June!

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eMagazines & eBooks/eAudio

Your Warwickshire Libraries library card gives you access to musical content through eMagazines and eBooks from our Digital eLibrary. Download the latest ‘BBC Music Magazine’ from RBdigital, full of articles, interviews and reviews from today’s world of classical music or try one of the other music titles, from ‘Rolling Stone’ to ‘Computer Music’ and ‘Q’ magazine available on PressReader.

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Alternatively, why not browse through our eAudio and eBooks by logging into BorrowBox? You might check out ‘Me’,  the new autobiography by Elton John (available as an eBook and on eAudio) or listen to the true account of ‘The Pianist of Yarmouk’ by Aeham Ahmad which captures one man’s experience of the devastation of war, alongside his love for the piano (available in eAudio format). You’ll also find books about Prince, Johnny Cash, The Beatles and Debbie Harry among other musicians.

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If you need any assistance to use our Digital Library resources, you can get in touch with us by email:


Finally for the budding composers amongst you who have access to an iPhone or iPad, you’ll find a Garageband tutorial created by our Let’s Make team here to help you create your own music ahead of this year’s ‘Make Music Day’.

We hope that you enjoy this year’s ‘Make Music Day’ and that we’ve given you lots of ideas and inspiration. There will be lots to explore and discover before the day and on ‘Make Music Day’ itself, both on the ‘Make Music Day’ website and through social media, on Facebook and Twitter. You can also use your Warwickshire Libraries library card to explore our musical resources.

If you’re taking part in ‘Make Music Day’ in any way, we hope you have lots of fun and enjoy the celebration!