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The Organ in England to the Death of Elizabeth I
Music, technology, and the wider role

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The Betts Fund of the Faculty of Music, University of
Oxford, and the British Institute of Organ Studies
(www.bios.org.uk) announce the first of a series of
four conferences centred on the British organ. Each
conference will explore the literature, construction,
and significance of the organ in Britain during a
particular era.

The first conference is entitled THE ORGAN IN ENGLAND
TO THE DEATH OF ELIZABETH I: MUSIC, TECHNOLOGY, AND
THE WIDER ROLE
DATE: 12-15 APRIL, 2007
LOCATION: UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
This conference will be centred around the Early
English Organs, reconstructions of two early
sixteenth-century organs based on fragments found in
recent years in Suffolk (see www.earlyorgans.org.uk)

Proposals of 300 words are invited for 20-minute
conference papers on any subject relating to English
organs, organ literature, construction, and
performance practice up to the beginning of the 17th
century. Topics may include (but are not limited to)
areas such as the liturgical use of the organ, its
greater role in society, relevant technology
(including areas such as possible connections with
clock-making, bell-casting, the English tin industry,
etc.), iconography, music education as it may relate
to the organ, music publishing (organ) in the period,
and medieval and renaissance scientific inquiry and
the organ.

Subsequent conferences, proposed for 2008, 2009, and
2010, will deal with similar issues centred around the
British organ in the seventeenth and eighteenth
centuries, the nineteenth century, and the twentieth
century and beyond.

For more information:
Dr Katharine Pardee
Betts Scholar in Organ Studies
University of Oxford
kfpardee@yahoo.com

(A webpage is in development. Keep checking
www.music.ox.ac.uk/organconference for updates)


Last updated Fri, 11-Jan-2008 15:01 GMT / PH-S
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