It's impossible to find so far. It's an arrangement of Orb and Sceptre by Walton, for piano.
It's for a wedding.
Only copy I have found is falling apart, and was on ebay for an extortionate amount which I actually paid in desperation but having found it's falling apart, I have asked to return it. (the seller won't lower the price due to the condition being totally crap - not sure why)
I don't want to copy the score before returning it as that would be dishonest and possibly breach copyright (unless copyright doesn't exist if something's out of print?)
If anyone can think of another way to get hold of this I'd be grateful.
What about the library? I know our local one can get hold of sheet music. Also, if they don't have a copy they can usually get one from another county (Inter Library Loan) or even the British Library. There may be a small fee.
The guildhall music library in the Barbican is run by a mumsnetter - they are bound to have a copy you can borrow.
Tbh why not keep the ebay copy and photocopy it only for the purposes of having a more stable copy to use in church. There is no breach of copyright there because you have bought a copy, are copying it simply to preserve the original for the purposes of performing it and will destroy the copy afterwards. That is perfectly fair use.
Update - they have a copy in a library near to us.
I think that might solve the problem, I can return this one and we can just borrow it, and probably copy it for personal use as long as the library says so? Or just keep it on renewal till after the wedding.
Thank you...still not heard back from the OUP about it but that's Ok, my Dad was able to reserve the library copy online using his library card (I don't think I have one any more!) and they are sending it to the local library.
Yes hopefully we can just keep renewing it. Thanks again for all the help and advice. I don't know where I'd be without MN sometimes.