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Vaughan Williams in a New Century
London, November 1999




Vaughan Williams in A New Century

A conference to be held from 10.00am on Friday 19th November 1999 until 4.45pm on Saturday 20th November 1999 at The British Library Conference Centre, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB

The keynote speaker will be Michael Kennedy and there will be a special concert at the Royal College of Music on the evening of 19 November which will include the first modern performance of Vaughan Williams's Quintet in C minor (1903).

Friday 19th November
1000 - 1030 Michael Kennedy Vaughan Williams - then and now
1030 - 1100 Andrew Herbert Vaughan Williams: the foundations of A Sea Symphony
1115 - 1145 Stephen Connock The death of innocence: Vaughan Williams and the First World War
1145 - 1215 Eric Saylor The nature of spirit: subtexts in the Pastoral Symphony
1215 - 1245 Julian Rushton The gritty lyricism of the Fourth Symphony
1400 - 1430 Eric Hung National Hero or Self-Involved Zealot? Robert Falcon Scott in Film and Symphony
1430 - 1500 Roger Savage The Scholar Gipsy: An Unwritten Opera
1500 - 1530 Alain Frogley The Wasps for WASPs: Vaughan Williams and American musical politics
1545 - 1615 Duncan Hinnells Vaughan Williams and the politics of English nationalism: should we read him as a leader or victim?
1615 - 1645 Jenny Doctor VW and the BBC
1830/2000 Reception/Concert at RCM

Saturday 20th November
0930 - 1000 Deborah Heckert The composer as historian: Vaughan Williams, Tudor music, and the genre of masque
1000 - 1045 Timothy Day Vaughan Williams and 'the greatest of all composers'
1100 - 1130 Stephen Banfield Vaughan Williams and plain speaking
1130 - 1200 Hugh Cobbe Yrs RVW: Vaughan Williams as letter-writer.
1200 - 1245 RMA AGM (members only)
1400 - 1430 Jochen Eisentraut Vaughan Williams: National Music, Art Music and the Vernacular.
1430 - 1500 Malcolm Taylor Through Bushes, Briars - and Brentwood: RVW and the folk song revival
1500 - 1530 Julian Onderdonk Hymn Tunes from Folksongs: Vaughan Williams and English Hymnody
1545 - 1615 Guido Heldt Dialectics of Development - Nature and Structure in In the Fen Country
1615 - 1700 Philip Brett 'Williams the Headmaster and Britten the Promising New Boy in the National School of Composition'

Organiser: Hugh Cobbe, Head of Music Collections, The British Library, 96 Euston Road London NW1 2DB. Tel: + 44 (0) 171 412 7526; Fax + 44 (0) 171 412 7751


Please see over for details of how to register

Vaughan Williams in A New Century

The conference fee is 40.00, which includes morning and afternoon refreshments but not lunch (reduced to 10.00 for registered members of the RMA; members of the Friends of the British Library; registered staff and students of the RCM). Arrangements for accommodation are the responsibility of participants.

Financial assistance from RVW Ltd for this event is gratefully acknowledged.

Registration Form


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The British Library

Events Box Office

96 Euston Road

London NW1 2DB

tel: +44 (0) 171 412 7222


All information is correct at the time of printing but is subject to change without notice.

October 1999