Westminster Music Library

Westminster Music Library
160 Buckingham Palace Road






020 7641 6200

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The largest public music library in the south of the UK, Westminster Music Library was founded in 1946 when the music critic Edwin Evans died, leaving his collection of thousands of books, letters, manuscripts and scores. Following his death, a committee was set up to administer his collection and deposited it with Westminster Libraries, who with their support, continue to expand, promote and maintain this unique resource.

Musicians have a wealth of unparalleled material within their grasp once they join Westminster Libraries. Westminster Music Library holds extensive loan collections of books, scores and performance parts, choral sets and sheet music. There are also orchestral sets for hire, reference books, and journals ranging from Early Music to NME (check availability on the periodicals catalogue).

We have recently acquired Sibelius for customer use, have a digital piano (also for customer use and for events) and have developed a Song Index to open up our song album collection. We have also retained a large collection of Mozart CDs from the former GLASS collection. The small but important Edwin Evans collection of original manuscripts and letters has now been moved to Westminster City Archives for temporary storage where the items can be better conserved.

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Opening hours

Monday 11:00 - 19.00
Tuesday 11:00 -19.00
Wednesday 11:00 - 19.00
Thursday 11:00 - 19.00
Friday 11:00 - 19.00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday Closed

Admission charges

Admission free.

Collection details

Archives, Music

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A group of young people creating music on their instruments together.

FREE Behind the Lines Summer School with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO)

  • 4 — 7 August 2014

The RPO is teaming up with the Westminster Music Library to deliver a FREE Summer School. Priority is given to Westminster & RBKC pupils in Years 6-11, however, booking is open to all London boroughs.

Our year of Behind the Lines activities culminates with a four day Creative Summer School in August 2014, celebrating the music and composers of World War One, with a grand finale performance by participants alongside musicians from the Orchestra at St John Smith's Square. It will be supported by a team of 4 musicians from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and 2 professional RPO workshop leaders.

This project has been generously funded by Arts Council England's Grants for the Arts.

More info here: www.musicbehindthelines.org/workshops/summer-school/

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15


Westminster Music Library
160 Buckingham Palace Road
Greater London

Additional info

The first morning session will take place at Westminster Music Library, and the final performance will take place at St John's Smith Square (SW1P 3HA), while the creative workshops will take place at Pimlico Academy (SW1V 3AT).


Project is for participants between Years 6-11 with any level of musical ability.
Priority will be given to pupils in Westminster & RBKC.
Full commitment will be required by those wishing to enroll through formal registration forms.