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Music on Stage Conference 2012

Music on Stage: The fourth biennial international, interdisciplinary conference at Rose Bruford College, Sidcup, Kent

20th and 21st October 2012
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Keynote speaker, Saturday: Errollyn Wallen

Described as the ‘renaissance woman of contemporary British music’ composes across the classical/popular divide.  She studied composition at London and Cambridge universities and has had commissions from ROH, WNO, Almeida Opera, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, the Schubert Ensemble, Leipzig Ballet and the BBC. Her most recent operatic work, “Yes!” (with libretto by Bonnie Greer) was premiered at the Linbury last November. She was awarded the MBE for services to music in 2007.

Guest Speaker on Sunday will be Professor Nicholas Baragwanath (Nottingham) who will speak on his latest research on the history of singing and vocal melody, featuring archive material that demonstrates forgotten techniques and practices.


Saturday October 20th

Keynote speech 10-11am.

Cost of conference: £125 – Early Bird registration before August 1st £100.
This event is kindly sponsored by The Royal Music Association, and RMA members tickets are £100, and RMA student members are only £80 (RMA members will get 20% discount on the published papers)

The conference is also kindly supported by Hotels Combined who are offering a 10% discount on all hotel bookings made through online hotel booking sites. You make your booking then contact Hotels Combined for the refund which is paid to you direct.

Papers to be presented:

Prof. Paul Barker (Central School of Speech and Drama, London): The Silent Space – all music is theatre

Dr Ian Cook (University of Newcastle, Australia): The Tempo Indications of Mozart A Performer’s Perspective based on a scholarly discourse supported by historically informed performance practice

Prof. Bill Everett (University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance): Viewing China through the Lens of 1890s British Musical Theatre: The Case of San Toy

Ana Farinha (Serralves Fundation, Portugal): Paredes de Coura music scene

Prof. John Green (Columbia College, Chicago): “The Effects on Love and Friendship of Rehearsing the Creation of the Impossible and Mysterious Sound” The Hunchback Variations Opera in Chicago

Justin Grize (University of Sussex): Orpheus among the Animals: Beastly Presences on the Opera Stage

Dr. Karl Katschthaler (University of Debrecen): From Cage to Walshe: Music as theatre

David Kennerley (Worcester College, Oxford): Bodies, voices and the critics: appraisals of female professional singers on London’s stages, c. 1810-1850

Ben Macpherson (Independent Scholar): A, the suggestive; B, the direct; C, the altern: Towards a tripartite framework for understanding actor-musicianship performance

Helene Markstein (West Australian Academy of performing Arts): Examining the interaction between sound and movement that took place over staged projects when dancer/choreographers focused on the aural information within the scenography.

Prof. Daniel Meyer-Dinkgräfe (University of Lincoln): Werktreue versus Regietheater in recent productions of Wagner opera

Barry Mitchell (Rose Bruford College): Transitions and experimentation in the slow movement of Schubert’s Octet

John Nelson (University of Helsinki) Rimsky-Korsakov in a changing political climate – was the composer politically a liberal or radical?

Alejandro Postigo (Spain): Interculturally Adapting Copla

Dr Charlotte Purkis (University of Winchester): Anglo-American expressionism in Rubbra and Pilcher’s music-theatre collaboration The Searcher (1930).

Michael Reynolds (Rose Bruford College): From avant garde to establishment: evolution in the stage music of Claude Terrasse during the Belle Epoque

Dr Trevor Siemens (Rose Bruford College): Stolen Fire: a light on the invisible theatre of Luigi Nono’s Prometeo

Maia Sigua (Tbilisi State Conservatoire): The Cave by Steve Reich – a Minimalist’s Musical Theatre

Dr. Tanya Sirotina (Independent Scholar): Breaking with tradition: the opera Victory over the Sun

Dr Katherine Syer (University of Illinois): Thunder and Lightning: Wotan’s archaic roots

Dr. Konstantinos Thomaidis (Royal Holloway): ‘Musicianship Above All? New Perspectives on Training Towards Integrated Bel Canto Performance’

Alicia Vaquero (Ramon Llull University, Barcelona): Music on the TV stage

Boris Wong (Chinese University, Hong Kong): The “Two Orders of Time” in Sondheim’s Putting It Together

Lufan Xu (Chinese University of Hong Kong): “Es klang so alt, und war doch so neu”: The Ambivalence of Regieoper’s Practice

To book your place online please click Book online here for our online store.

For more information please email: call 020 8308 2647.

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