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The Shaping of Welsh Musical Culture
Bangor, Wales, September 1997


University of Wales, Bangor: The Welsh Music Institute Centre for Advanced Welsh Music Studies Third conference : Friday 5 - Sunday 7 September 1997 Department of Music, University of Wales, Bangor The shaping of Welsh musical culture
Welsh musical culture has been, and is, subject to considered and deliberate intervention which has had, and continues to have, an impact on its course. The National Eisteddfod, the Arts Council of Wales, BBC and S4C - even the Welsh Music Institute and Centre for Advanced Welsh Music Studies - are having an impact now on the shaping of Welsh musical culture, or on our perception of it. A series of earlier endeavours to shape Welsh music and music history can be identified - the eighteenth-century construction of a Welsh past, the nineteenth-century reconstruction of Welsh musical traditions, the social engineering associated with brass bands and male-voice choirs, the competitive eisteddfodau, and the National Council of Music. Earlier still, there was the cultural disruption of the Edwardian conquest, the imposition of English ecclesiastical and civil patterns, the sixteenth-century revival of eisteddfodau, and the late 16th and early 17th-century conservation of Welsh culture by members of the aristocracy and intelligentsia which resulted in artefacts such as Robert ap Huw's manuscript. Although we expect greater emphasis on the period from 1700 to the present, the general theme of the conference allows those interested in earlier periods to contribute. We shall be pleased to receive proposals by the end of April for papers which fall within the broad limits of the theme, including proposals which may wish to challenge its assumptions. Proposals for free papers or round tables are also welcome. Details from Dr Sally Harper Department of Music University of Wales Bangor Gwynedd LL57 2DG Wales, UK Telephone +44-(0)1248 382181 Fax +44-(0)1248 370297 E-mail