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Music in the English Provinces 1700-1900
Leeds, May 2001

LUCEM Leeds University Centre for English Music First Conference: Music in the English Provinces 1700-1900 Conference organisers: Dr Peter Holman, Dr Rachel Cowgill Department of Music, University of Leeds 19-20 May 2001 CALL FOR PAPERS
In recent years the traditional view that English musical life in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries was largely centred on London has been increasingly called into question. A number of studies have revealed the richness and vitality of musical activity in provincial towns and cities, encompassing glee clubs, church choirs, military and brass bands, choral and orchestral societies, theatres and so on. Indeed, when viewed from a European perspective, it could be argued that the strength of music in the provinces was one of the most distinctive features of English musical life. This conference will bring together scholars and performers in a weekend of papers, round tables and practical sessions, beginning on 10am on Saturday, 19 May (registration from 9am). It will end with a concert on Sunday afternoon given by Leeds Baroque Orchestra and Leeds University Baroque Choir directed by Peter Holman of concertos, anthems and psalmody by English provincial composers 1750-1850. Offers of 20-minute papers are welcome, as well as suggestions for round tables and practical sessions. Please send an abstract of no more than 200 words by the end of January 2001. Some accommodation has been reserved at Fairbairn House, within walking distance of the Music Department (B&B: 25 single, 34.50 ensuite, 39.50 double); please ask for further details. Conference fee: 25 (including the concert, morning coffee, lunch on Saturday, afternoon tea). Please send abstracts to: LUCEM, Department of Music, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK telephone: +44-(0)113 233 2545 (Dr Holman) or 2532 (Dr Cowgill) fax: +44-(0)113 233 2586 e-mail: url:
LUCEM Leeds University Centre for English Music
English music has long been perceived as a problem. For the last three centuries England's intellectual elite has tended to regard music as a polite amusement, largely the concern of foreigners, women or children. Musicology as a discipline was invented in nineteenth-century Germany, and still tends to be pervaded by a Teutonic nationalistic agenda that sees England at best as not part of the mainstream, and at worst as the 'Land ohne Musik'. Even open-minded and knowledgeable English musicians and musicologists tend to accept the notion of 'decline' after the death of Purcell and a corresponding 'renaissance' with the music of Parry, Stanford and Elgar. In recent years there has been a welcome change of attitudes from scholars, performers, publishers and recording companies. LUCEM will seek to accelerate this process by bringing together interested scholars and performers, by putting on conferences and other events, and by publishing research into English music, in print, on line and on CD. LUCEM will be devoted to the study of English music of all periods, though at first it will concentrate particularly on the most neglected period, roughly from 1700 to 1850, and on neglected genres and composers outside that 150 years. We have decided to concentrate on English music rather than British music partly because Irish, Scottish and Welsh musicologists are now dealing effectively with their own musical heritage, and in recent years have responded constructively and imaginatively to the issues of identity and cultural conflict raised by the presence of an exported English musical culture in cities such as Edinburgh and Dublin. Concentrating on English rather than British music will enable us to rethink the role of music in our national identity in a similar way, so that we can see our imperial past for what it is, for better or worse. In the same spirit, LUCEM will be as inclusive as possible. 'English music' will be defined as music composed in or for England rather than music by natives of England. With one or two prominent exceptions, the contribution of immigrants to English musical life has traditionally been ignored and misunderstood. We can only understand English musical culture properly when the whole range of activity is considered. Furthermore, English musicians who spent their careers abroad have also traditionally been ignored by British musicology, and will also be part of LUCEM's remit. The Director of LUCEM is Dr Peter Holman, Reader in Musicology at the University of Leeds. He works with an Executive Committee consisting of Dr Rachel Cowgill (Deputy Director), Dr Kia Ng (Technical Director), Professor Julian Rushton and Dr Richard Rastall, all of the University of Leeds. Although LUCEM is based principally on the research interests of members of staff in the Music Department at the University of Leeds, it will also have members in other departments of the University of Leeds, and an associate membership drawn from members of other northern universities. It will also maintain an e-mail mailing list of corresponding members all over the world with interests in English music. LUCEM will disseminate awareness of English music by developing projects in the following areas: Integrated research and performance projects devoted to neglected English music. This will involve research into the social and musical context of particular works, cataloguing and survey of particular genres, editions, to live performances, and recordings on CD. The model here is the 'English Orpheus' series of recordings developed by Peter Holman for Hyperion Records; the series consists of nearly 50 CDs of neglected 17th- and 18th-century English music, mostly performed by The Parley of Instruments. The aim will be to collaborate with commercial recording companies to record works that would otherwise not be commercially viable. 2 Research symposia and conferences relating to English music. We aim to put on at least one event a year, either a general conference or an event devoted to a particular theme, in collaboration with a special-interest society. LUCEM has agreed to host the biennial Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain conference in 2003. 3 LUCEM will develop an on-line bank of research into English music. This will take the form of repertory catalogues, library catalogues and copies of papers and other research material stored in the Leeds University system, together with bookmark links to other on-line resources of sufficient quality. The first project, already in progress, is to put a revised version of the Viola da Gamba Society's Index of Music for Viols on line. 4 A longer-term aim is to catalogue English musical sources in the nineteenth century. There is a RISM union catalogue of printed music up to 1800. A possible project would be to create a union catalogue of music published in England 1800-1850. If you have any comments, or would like to join us as a corresponding member, contact: LUCEM, Music Department, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT e-mail: url: telephone: 0113 233 2545 or 2532