Dr Rupert Ridgewell

Rupert Ridgewell
Curator of Printed Music
Music printing and publishing
Related Offices
Chair of the IAML Bibliography Commission

I have worked as a curator in the music department of the British Library since 2000 and am currently responsible for the printed music collection, which consists of some 1.6 million items covering the period from 1501 to the present day.

My research interests encompass music bibliography, Mozart biography, the music publishing trade in 18th-century Vienna, and music-making by German internees in WW1. I have co-curated several exhibitions at the Library, notably Poetry in Sound: the Music of Benjamin Britten (2013) and Wagner in London (2007).

I am also editor of the Concert Programmes Database, which resulted from a project I managed on secondment at the Royal College of Music, London (2004-2007) in collaboration with libraries and archives throughout the UK.



  • Poetry in Sound: the Music of Benjamin Britten (2013)
  • Wagner in London (2007)



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