The Dvořák Society for Czech and Slovak Music

& Recordings

Dvořák Society Library, Vilém Tauský Recorded Archive and Members’ Record Service


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.
The Society’s collection of publications, recordings and scores formerly held in the basement of Glamorgan Records Office, Cathays Park, Cardiff University have now been moved to Egham, to the Depository of Senate House Library. As reported at the 2017 Annual General Meeting the National Committee received positive news at the end of 2016 that Senate House Acquisitions Panel had agreed to accept the Society’s Collection and Archive. The relocation was completed at the end of June 2017. Senate House is centrally located and offers facilities for showcasing some of the collection and a meeting space. The key principles of access for members and the wider research community will be maintained.
Prior to the last Committee meeting which took place on 28th January 2018 at Senate House in London the Chairman and Secretary met Colin Homiski, the Research Librarian/Visual/Performing Arts and Philosophy. Amongst things discussed we raised the issue of the cataloguing process and how the Society could be involved. There are opportunities for members to assist in cataloguing, especially those with Czech /Slovak language skills and musical knowledge.
Please note that all volunteers are given guidance and an initial training. If you are interested in volunteering please contact David Roberts, the Secretary.
For more information please see the guidelines and policy below.
Senate House Library has long encouraged voluntary work opportunities with collections for mutual benefit.
Examples of opportunities include and are not limited to the following:

  • Short-term placements for students following a recognised course in archival administration, conservation or librarianship leading to a professional qualification; or in a related subject.

  • Longer-term placements for individuals wishing to obtain experience prior to applying for and/or taking up a recognised course in archival administration, conservation or librarianship leading to a professional qualification.

  • Longer-term arrangements for individuals interested in archives, manuscripts, conservation or librarianship, who wish to work on a discrete project or collection.

If you are interested in volunteering, please check the UoL vacancies page to see if there are any vacancies available.
For more information please read the Senate House Library Volunteer Policy (Word, 164KB)
The Volunteer Coordinator may be contacted at:
Matters such as a cataloguing timetable have yet to be finalised. The key principles of access for members and the wider research community will be maintained.
However, for the moment, the collection remains closed both to members and the public until further notice. For For any enquiries with regard to the Society’s holdings please contact the Secretary by email or in writing.

The Society is most grateful for the generous donation of material to the Library from many people and organisations.

It is important that the collection continues to develop and to this end, large quantities of additional materials have been added to the collection in the last few years. Other collections have been willed to the Society.

We anticipate that the Society’s archive and collection, comprising books, papers, recordings, objects and ephemera will prove to be an invaluable source of information on Czech and Slovak music.

Please contact the Secretary for further information and new donations.

Vilém Tauský Archive Collection

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.

Member’s Record Service

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)