Antonia Chirgwin

Library Assistant

BA (hons), MA, MMus, PgDip Library and Information Management, MCLIP, LRSCM

Email: [email protected]

  • Helping students and staff to find books and resources in the library
  • Answering questions about library resources
  • Checking books and other items in and out of the library (so the alarm doesn’t go off!)
  • Keeping the periodicals up to date and encouraging students to use them
  • Preparing new books and music to be put on the shelves

Tonya followed her Oxford Music degree with a Masters at Surrey University, and has recently completed a second BA in Church Music at Canterbury Christ Church. Originally a first-study flautist, she is now Organist and Worship Co-ordinator at Christ Church, Chester, and is a Licentiate of the Royal School of Church Music. She qualified as a librarian in 1998, gaining her Chartership in 2001 and revalidating it in 2016. She has contributed to a number of books and journals, both as a musician and as a librarian. Her research interests include composition and orchestration, and Baroque and Twentieth-Century music, and she is currently developing a specialism in sacred music composition within and outside liturgy.

Current and Future Research

Research publications:

  • Malloy, A: ‘Britten’s major setback? Aspects of the first critical response to Gloriana’ (in Aldeburgh Studies in Music: Britten’s ‘Gloriana’: Essays and Sources, ed. Paul Banks, pp. 49-66, Boydell, 1993)
  • Malloy, A: ‘Gloriana: A Bibliography (in Aldeburgh Studies in Music: Britten’s ‘Gloriana’: Essays and Sources,ed. Paul Banks, pp. 171-182, Boydell, 1993)
  • Malloy-Chirgwin, A: ‘Gloriana: Britten’s “slighted child”’ (The Cambridge Companion to Benjamin Britten, ed. Mervyn Cooke, pp. 113-128, CUP, 1999)
  • Chirgwin, T: ‘Putting libraries back at the heart of community life’ (Conference Report, Library Association Record Volume 101 no. 3, March 1999, p. 168)
  • Chirgwin, T: ‘Opening the doors to the community’ (Conference Report, Library Association Record Volume 102 no. 4, April 2000, p.218)
  • Several articles for EmeraldInsight Reference Reviews (2004-2006)
  • Conference papers (unpublished) on Britten’s Owen Wingrave (Aldeburgh Study School), Gloriana (RMA Research Student Conference), and developing library services for Housebound People (jointly with a colleague, UmbrelLA 2007)

Professional Activity

Organist and Worship Co-ordinator, Christ Church, Chester.

Studying organ and composition.