sheet music

How and where to source music

This guidance is aimed at providing all the information you need to act as your group's librarian - from sourcing music to dealing with copyright.

Hiring music from publishers

Whether you need choral scores or a set of orchestral parts, the procedures outlined below will help to ensure that you receive what you want, when you want it. These guidelines have been developed to help avoid misunderstandings, delays and errors on the part of users and publishers alike.

Trial Licence to photocopy music

​Printed Music Licence Limited (PMLL), part of the Music Publishers Association, is looking to develop a licence that would allow leisure-time choirs to photocopy sheet music; the Amateur Choir Licence.

An initial trial of the license is running until December 2020 and we're looking for groups to take part.

How does the licence work?

The licence allows leisure-time choirs to photocopy sheet music.

Making Music online store

Browse our store for second-hand sheet music, vinyl, CDs, books and more, from Copland and Mozart to Cat Stevens and Mike Oldfield. All proceeds support our work championing and supporting leisure-time music across the UK.

Choral music: The voice of the soul

On a recent trip to the USA composer Patrick Hawes did a series of interviews with the sheet music retailer 

Guest blog: Singing belongs to everyone

When I was trying to justify my existence as a music student I often suffered from crises of confidence.

Free score and parts for Still the Sirens

Danyal Dhondy's Still the Sirens was commissioned by Making Music as a choral companion piece to Fauré’s Requiem. The parts are available free to Making Music members until July 2020 in digital format.

The new work Still the Sirens is approximately 28-30 minutes long and you can now download the full score and individual parts for free. The piece is for SATB choir plus organ or orchestral forces as detailed below.

Scoring

SATB (occasional divisi), solo Soprano/Mezzo, solo Baritone, plus either:

Discounted sheet music and learning tracks from ChoirCommunity

ChoirCommunity is offering Making Music members a 15% discount of sheet music and learning tracks.  

What is ChoirCommunity? 

ChoirCommunity is a website that helps choirs find accessible, enjoyable and affordable sheet music and learning tracks.  

Two of the biggest challenges leisure-time choirs face is the cost of sheet music and getting permission to arrange music to suit their choir. The ChoirCommunity website offers: