Solon Michaelides: Life, Work and Legacy



Solon Michaelides Cultural Foundation

Call for Papers

Solon Michaelides is an iconic figure in the evolution of art music in Cyprus. Internationally acclaimed composer and musicologist, conductor, and pedagogue of the highest caliber, Michaelides paved the way for the establishment of a vivid musical culture on modern Cyprus. Today, thirty-six years after his death, his legacy is carried on by his students, members of the ensembles he created, and other stakeholders who admire his work. Nevertheless, a systematic appraisal of his status and impact as composer, musicologist and pedagogue is still ahead. The present symposium is purposed to bring together music scholars (musicologists, performers, composers, and music educators) who are interested in deliberating over aspects of the composer’s life and work.

The symposium will be held on Saturday May 14th2016 at the University of Nicosia, Cyprus.


Symposium Themes

The symposium committee welcomes papers on all aspects of Solon Michaelides’ music and its reception, conducting and pedagogical career, writings, and role in the cultural life of Cyprus and Greece. The thematic categories listed below may serve as guidelines for the presenters:

  • Michaelides the composer: analysis, performative issues, reception
  • Michaelides as musicologist
  • Aspects of Michaelides’ career as pedagogue
  • Aspects of his education
  • His legacy in Cyprus and abroad
  • Michaelides’ role in the development of musical life and culture in Cyprus and Greece
  • Michaelides’ interaction with his contemporaries

The official language of the conference is English. We kindly ask the contributing authors to submit their abstracts (about 400 words) by February 1st 2016. The time limit for each session is 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion. All the submitted abstracts will be reviewed anonymously by a jury. The abstracts should contain the name of the presenter, paper title, institutional affiliation, telephone number, and email address. Also, please indicate the kind of equipment required for the presentation.

Please send your submissions and inquiries to Vasilis Kallis (

Fringes, outsides and undergrounds: The aesthetics and politics of unpopular music

One-day conference to be held at Goldsmiths on 7 May 2016

Musical forms such as noise, extreme metal, performance art, experimental techno, free improv and more take inspiration from both popular and art traditions without being fully identifiable with either.

These forms exist either on the fringes of, or outside, these commercial and cultural mainstreams, both in conventional musical centres such as London and Berlin and further afield, in South America, Japan and China.

A range of questions can be asked in response to these practices:

What values do these musics draw upon, enact and invent?

Where do they sit in culture, particularly in relation to other musics?

What kind of historical lineage might these musics have?

What kind of political powers or political issues do they suggest, or do their practitioners engage with?

What kind of backgrounds do these practitioners have, and how do they make money?

Who has written about these musics, using what languages and what methodologies and platforms?

What do these musics sound like; what kind of aesthetic and musical styles, systems and idioms do they work within, against or, again, invent?

The day itself:

We want the conference to engage these questions and more in mapping this field of minority, marginal practices, which nonetheless connect clearly with existing traditions of music making.

We envisage splitting the day into three successive sessions – on politics, music and culture broadly conceived – so your submission could be directed at one of these three topics.

But we welcome submissions that address in any way the kinds of musics and issues suggested by our theme, including papers that critique the institutionalising impulse represented by this conference, and we are open to all methodologies, from field research, to critical and theoretical discussion, to musical analysis and beyond.

We also welcome papers in experimental formats, including, for instance, elements of musical performance or non-standard conference presentation.

Papers will be roughly 20 minutes, with 10 minutes for questions.

Abstracts of no more than 200 words should be sent to Stephen Graham and John Harries at

Deadline for abstracts is 17 December 2015. We will notify you of our decision in mid-January.

A free evening concert performance will be held in the Student Union Bar at Goldsmiths from 6pm-9pm, featuring 3-4 acts whose work fits the themes of the conference. Attendance at the conference and concert will be free, but registration is required. To register e-mail

Fringes, Outsides and Undergrounds is presented in association with the Popular Music Research Unit and the Contemporary Music Research Unit at Goldsmiths College.

Dr Stephen Graham and John Harries
Lecturers in Music
Department of Music
Goldsmiths, University of London
London SE14 6NW, UK

The Historical Pianist: A Conference-Festival

The Historical Pianist: A Conference-Festival

Royal Academy of Music & Cobbe Collection (UK), 22-24 April 2016

An inaugural conference-festival celebrating historical pianos and pianists as a source for creativity in performance today, will take place on 22-24 April 2016 at the Royal Academy of Music (London) and the Cobbe Collection, Hatchlands Park (Guildford, UK). This event brings together performer-researchers, historical instrument experts and historical keyboard instruments, in the unprecedented setting of two significant historical instrument collections in the UK. It offers a platform for artistic research that focuses on the creative potential in historical sources for pianists today.

Keynote presentations will be by Professor David Owen Norris (University of Southampton) at the Cobbe Collection, and Professor Kenneth Hamilton (Cardiff University) at the Royal Academy of Music. There will also be a keynote recital by Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Royal Academy of Music). The three day event will include guided tours of each collection, instrument exploration sessions, presentations, concerts, and panels. Presentations and concerts will be open to the public.

Proposals are invited for 40-45 minute presentations that can range from a recital or lecture-recital, to a more traditional paper. Shorter papers of 20 minutes duration will also be considered. Performances can be solo or chamber. Every presentation will be followed by a 10 minute discussion. All spoken elements to the conference will be in English. The conference-festival aims to encompass a range of approaches from different practitioners and researchers in the field. As an example, delegates may choose to focus on a particular instrument, instrument type, repertoire, composer, pianist, pedagogical figure, school of playing etc.

Please submit by 5pm, Tuesday 15 December 2015:
* Name and institutional affiliation (if applicable);
* Curriculum vitae and 100-word biography;
* Title and abstract of presentation, max. 350 words. Please include programme of any repertoire to be performed if the presentation takes any form of musical performance (excluded from word count).

Proposals will be assessed by the conference’s editorial board and those selected will be notified early January. The registration fee for delegates (presenting and observing) will be £120 (early bird £100) and student rate of £90.

Proposals should also be emailed to Dr Olivia Sham,; any enquires can also be sent to this address. Further details can be found on the website which will be updated closer to the event:


The following is a list of instruments in the collections that can be used in presentations. It is advisable that contact be made ( in advance when preparing proposals if any instrument is to be focused on, in order to discuss its condition and any restrictions on its use.

Historical instruments available at the Royal Academy of Music Museum include:

Polygonal virginal, Anonymous, Italian, first half of 17th century
Harpsichord, Jacob & Abraham Kirkman, London, 1764
Square piano, Christopher Ganer, London, c.1785
Square piano, John Broadwood & Sons, London, 1801
Grand piano, John Broadwood & Sons, London, 1805
Grand piano, John Broadwood & Sons, London, 1808
Grand piano, Giovanni Heichele, Trieste, c.1815
Grand piano, William Stodart, London, c.1828
Grand piano, Érard, London, 1840
Square piano, Pleyel, Paris, c.1842
Grand piano, John Broadwood & Sons, London, 1844
Grand piano, Steinway & Sons, New York, 1920
Clavichord, Dolmetsch, 1925-6

Historical instruments available at the Cobbe Collection include:

Harpsichord, Girolama Zenti, Viterbo, 1622
Harpsichord, Andreas Ruckers, Antwerp, 1636
Virginals (King Charles II’s), John Player, London, 1664
Square piano, Johannes Zumpe & Gabriel Buntebart, London, 1769
Square piano, Johannes Zumpe & Gabriel Buntebart, London, 1777-78
Clavichord, Christian Gotthelf Hoffmann, Ronneburg, 1784
Square piano (Marie Antoinette’s), Sébastien Erard, Paris, 1786-87
Double manual harpsichord, Shudi & Broadwood, London, 1787
Grand piano, Crang Hancock, London, c.1790
Grand piano, circle of Johanna Andreas Stein, South Germany or Vienna, last quarter 18thC
Grand piano (Haydn’s), Longman & Broderip, London, 1794-95
Grand piano, Longman & Broderip, London, c.1795
Grand piano, Walter, Vienna, c.1815
Grand piano (performed & signed by Cramer), Broadwood, 1816
Grand piano (quadruple strung), Graf, Vienna, c.1821
Grand piano, Nannette Streicher, Vienna, 1823
Square piano (Elgar’s), Broadwood, London, 1844
Grand piano (performed & signed by Thalberg), Erard, Paris, 1845
Grand piano (Chopin’s), Pleyel, Paris, 1848
Grand piano (Chopin’s), Broadwood, London, 1847
Grand piano, Steinway, New York, c.1864


Editorial board:

Dr Timothy Jones – Deputy Principal (Programmes and Research), Royal Academy of Music
Alec Cobbe – Collector, Cobbe Collection, Hatchlands Park
Daniel-Ben Pienaar – Curzon Lecturer in Performance Studies, Royal Academy of Music
Dr Briony Cox-Williams – Postgraduate Tutor, Royal Academy of Music
Dr Olivia Sham – Honorary Research Fellow, Royal Academy of Music

Reconstructing the Baldwin Partbooks: Workshop II

13-15 November: Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge

Our second residential workshop dedicated to the polyphonic reconstruction of the missing tenor book from Baldwin Partbooks (GB-Och: Mus979-83) . Further details and the registration form can be found at:

As before, materials will be circulated in advance, so please register by 3rd October (new participants are very welcome).

Thomas Tallis: Chronology, Contexts, Discoveries

16th November, 10am-6:15pm
Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge

Emblematically the servant of four monarchs, Tallis worked during the central decades of the sixteenth century, when the English Reformation entered a phase of turbulence. Although the compositional legacy of these years is extraordinarily rich and varied, its chronology is contestable, not least because so few of the manuscript sources date from Tallis’s lifetime (a general problem that affects both Latin and vernacular Tudor repertories). The question of chronology is further complicated (or enriched) by the stylistic impact of continental music imported into England, often through the medium of foreign printed collections. Supported by the AHRC-funded Tudor Partbooks research project, this Study Day focuses upon the dates and contexts of some key pieces of evidence: the antiphon Gaude gloriosa, the motet O sacrum convivium, the vernacular Litany of 1544, the anthem O Lord give thy holy spirit, and Tallis’s employment as organist at Dover Priory.

The provisional schedule and the registration form can be downloaded at:
Please register by 16 October

Music in Print and Manuscript Study Day

19 November, Christ Church Upper Library, Oxford

An informal study day exploring the intersections between print and manuscript, taking as our starting point the Baldwin partbooks (Mus. 979-983) preserved in Christ Church library, which bound a large collection of manuscript music together with William Byrd and Thomas Tallis’s Cantiones Sacrae (1575).

Further details and the registration form can be found at:

Please register by 16 October (places are limited).

What’s in a Name?

A symposium presented by TIN, an international research group for improvisation at Middlesex University

Friday 23rd & Saturday 24th Oct, 2015

Keynote Presentations: David Toop (Professor of Audio Culture and Improvisation), Sondra Fraleigh (Professor emeritus and Dance Artist/Writer) and Gary Peters (Professor of Critical and Cultural Theory)

Improvisers: Vida Midgelow, Robert Vesty, Helen Kindred, Jonathan Impett, Pete Gomes, Susanne Martin, Eduardo Rosa, Magdalen Radlowska & Benjamin Dwyer

Please include the following when submitting a proposal:
Name(s) of contributors
Email contact address
Title of proposal
Indication of presentation type (NB. papers will generally be 20mins duration and workshops approx. 1.5 hours)
Outline proposal (250 words max)
Indication of any technical or space requirements (NB due to the nature of the event we are not able to offer technical support for full scale performances).

Key dates for the conference:
Deadline for the submission of proposals: 3rd Sept 2015
Notification of acceptance: 20th Sept 2015
Registration opens: 3rd Sept 2015

Proposals should be submitted to Mita Vaghji:

Registration fees:
£75 (waged/ institution) and £45 (unwaged/freelance artist/student)

(NB. All presenters need to register)

Informal inquiries can be directed to the conference conveners:
Vida Midgelow:
Helen Kindred:

International Society of Music Education World Conference 2016

ISME Conference, Glasgow, 24th-29th July 2016

Music: for Identity, for Well-being, for Justice

Call for Paper and Performance submissions

The International Society for Music Education is holding its 32nd World Conference from 24th – 29th July 2016 in Glasgow. The conference expects to attract around 2,000 delegates. The programme will consist of keynotes, presentations, workshops, symposia and poster presentations. A full music festival will run alongside conference activities which will feature musicians from many ISME member countries.

ISME is a worldwide organisation that seeks to celebrate the diverse ways that people engage with, and develop in and through, music. Founded in 1953, ISME represents an international, interdisciplinary, intercultural network of professionals who strive to understand and promote music learning across the lifespan. We share a commitment to culture, education, conservation and the durable development of our cultural heritage, and to evidence-based policy and practice. Further information about ISME can be found at

Come and connect with musicians and music educators who can play an important role in your future. Whatever your sphere of interest, traditional or contemporary in any culture, you’ll find something to whet your musical appetite.

Please visit our official website for more information

Keynote speakers confirmed so far:

Joan Armatrading

Evelyn Glennie

Darren Henley

There are several ways to get involved with ISME 2016.


A full music festival will run throughout the duration of the conference encompassing performances from all genres of music including classical, pop and Jazz. We are keen to showcase a wide variety of talent and so encourage you to consider being part of this exciting programme. Performance submissions are now open and can be completed via the ISME 2016 website

Deadline 25th September 2015


The ISME annual world conference is an incredible opportunity for educators and practitioners to exchange knowledge on a global scale. We are looking for workshops, symposia, papers and posters that will explore the conference theme and stimulate discussion. Paper submissions are now open. Please check our website for more information.

Please note every presenter or co-presenter must be an individual ISME member at the time of submission, at the time of acceptance and at the time of presenting. Details of how to become an ISME member can be found at


Exhibitor space will be available to hire at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall throughout the conference. Your company’s presence at the exhibition will give you an opportunity to engage with delegates on a more personal level and to promote the work you do to a global audience.

Please contact Sharleen at to reserve a space.


One of the most comprehensive ways to engage with ISME 2016 is to attend as a delegate. As previously mentioned you will be treated to both an exciting array of papers, symposia, workshops and posters as well as a full concert programme catering to a wide variety of tastes. Visit our website for more information on fees including ‘early bird’ discounts.


Revealing Medtner: Emerging research and Repertoire

With the support of The British Library, The British Library Sound Archive,

Royal College of Music and Royal Musical Association


28-30 January 2016

International Study Day

Revealing Medtner: Emerging research and Repertoire’

Friday 29 January 2016, British Library, London

Organising Committee

Dr Alexander Karpeyev (

Dr Anastasia Belina-Johnson (RCM) (

Key-note speaker

Prof. Dr. Christoph Flamm (University of Music Lübeck)

Call for Papers

Proposals are invited from musicologists and performers whose research topic relates to the Russian-born composer-pianist Nikolay Medtner (1880–1951). Participants are invited to present papers on the new areas of the Medtnerian research as well as reports on any significant recent discoveries they have made. The British Library will exhibit Medtner’s manuscripts from their collection at the study day on the 29th.

The programme committee invites proposals (250 words or less) for individual papers lasting up to 20 minutes, and will be followed by Q&A. Please note that a sound system will be available, but no piano. Proposals must be accompanied by short biographies (100 words) and contact information, and should be sent electronically to by 15 October. Contributions from post-graduate music students are especially welcome

The Festival begins with a piano masterclass at the Royal College of Music on Thursday the 28th of January, and ends on the 30th with a concert of Medtner’s music and the screening of a Russian film about him (with English subtitles) at the RCM.

Deadline for Submissions: 15th of October 2015

Registration fee: £18, (£10 for RMA members) payable by PayPal to by 1st of November.

SMI Postgraduate Conference 2016

15-16 January, 2016


Call for Papers 


Ninth Annual SMI Postgraduate Students’ Conference

The Ninth Annual Society for Musicology Ireland (SMI) Postgraduate Students’ Conference will be hosted by Trinity College, Dublin on 15–16 January, 2016.

The conference committee invites proposals from potential contributors in all areas of postgraduate musical study (Musicology and Ethnomusicology, Music Theory, Performance, Music Pedagogy, Composition, and Music Technology). Abstracts should clearly describe the subject of the presentation, relevant research questions, and/or artistic goals.

In addition to traditional paper sessions (20-minute presentations followed by 10 minutes discussion), the conference will include ‘lightning’ papers (up to 10 minutes) for new presenters, including masters and advanced undergraduates. The conference may also include a poster session and/or installation. There will be a concert on the first day and a Careers Forum on the second.

To submit a proposal, please send an email attachment (.doc or .docx or .pdf) to that includes the following information:


  • Title of paper/ poster presentation/ sound installation
  • Indication of paper length (full or lightning)
  • Abstract (maximum 250 words)
  • Full name, contact details, and institutional affiliation
  • Short bio (maximum 150 words)
  • List of audiovisual and other requirements (data projector, CD/DVD player, OHP, piano, etc.)


The deadline for receipt of proposals is Thursday 15 October, 2015.

Selected presenters will be notified by 16 November 2015. The committee will endeavor to give feedback to applicants whose proposals are not chosen. The conference programme will be available when registration opens on 7 December 2015.