The story of Boosey & Hawkes, one of the largest international classic music publishers, reaches back to the year 1760, as John Boosey founded a library for music scores in London. He was one of the first to successfully offer classic sheet music and quickly gained popularity. He acquired the rights of many pieces of significant composers of the 18th and 19th century such as Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti und Verdi. Around 1850 the company expanded into new business fields and started manufacturing wind instruments. Around the same time William Henry Hawkes founded the rivalry company Hawks & Son, which at first concentrated on compositions for brass bands but soon expanded into producing music instruments, accessory’s and reeds. In 1930 the Boosey & Company and Hawkes & Son joined forces to become the conglomerate Boosey & Hawkes. This company developed into a large global player. At this point in time Ralph Hawkes had already acquired many European publishers and his international contacts made him the publisher of: Bartók, Kodály and Delius, he also signed the then unknown Benjamin Britten. During the War Hawkes went to the USA and extended his portfolio with Strawinski, Copland and Martinu. Due to his good London contacts he was able to acquire the rights to Richard Strauss’s opera’s outside of Germany and Italy and all of his late works. In 1947 Hawkes hat the opportunity to take over a large portfolio of significant pieces of the 20th century including pieces from Prokofjew und Rachmaninow. Since then Boosey & Hawkes have signed many of the best known 20th century artists and have taken over many company’s and there catalogues. One of the most spectacular take-overs since WW II was that of the traditional German company Bote & Bock in the year 1996. In the summer of 2001 the company now called Boosey & Hawkes Musical Instruments Ltd. moved there production plants from Edgware to Croxley Green near Watford in Hertfordshire. In this 5000 m² plant over 100 employees produced brass instruments to be marketed under the brand name Besson. From 2003 onward Boosey & Hawkes started to consolidate all music manufacturing branches into the consortium: The Music Group, which itself has now been broken down. Since 2004 there is a strategic partnership with the German company Schott Musikverlag to improve the distribution and rights protection abroad.