Standard Music Library was set up as a collaboration between London Weekend Television (ITV) and Bucks Music Group in 1968 to provide the music for hit TV shows like Catweazle, Budgie, The Fenn Street Gang, Please Sir!, Upstairs, Downstairs and On The Buses. We’re still home to a large selection of music from LWT’s late 60s/70s programing, an era marshalled by Harry Rabinowitz, its legendary head of music. Ron Grainer, Delia Derbyshire, Brian Hodgson, George Martin, Dudley Moore, Basil Kirchin, Sven Libaek, Barbara Moore, Tony Visconti, Michael Chapman all recorded for Standard in those early years.
Initially, and fittingly, Standard released 68 albums on vinyl, the last being Brian Eno’s Textures album (which to this day remains unreleased anywhere else). A multitude of TV series, films and games have dipped into Standard’s library catalogue: Serpico, Sex And The City, The West Wing, South Park, The One Show, BBC Panorama, Masterchef, Come Dine With Me, Top Gear, Grand Theft Auto, Just Cause 4 and even Debbie Does Dallas.
We also look after 3 additional catalogues:
Large Czech catalogue with a range of classical works including Handel, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Bizet, Brahms and Vivaldi, alongside traditional music from Russia, Chechnya and former Soviet regions, not to mention klezmer, Jewish and Gypsy music and a growing contemporary selection.
Curated by legendary library composer, James Kenelm Clarke. A small but growing boutique label of simple and subtle melodies and moods, predominantly classical and acoustic. Featuring composers such as Patrick Hawes, David Snell and James Clarke himself.
Our newest catalogue, established by film composer duo, Savage & Spies, provides evocative, high-quality, cinematic music. Simple, haunting themes and distinctive soundscapes with rich, multi-layered textures where electronic sound merges organically into the acoustic.
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Registration (a quick form to fill in) gives additional access including downloads and custom playlists. We can generally only approve registration requests from UK-based media professionals.
Our music is also available on I Like Music.
We’re always happy to do music searches. Just email us here: [email protected]