Conference on Instrumental Music and British Traditions


The Galpin Society and the Historic Brass Society

Conference on Instrumental Music and British Traditions

London - Edinburgh, 7 - 11 July 2009

The Galpin Society and the Historic Brass Society joint meeting will include a conference in which members of both societies will present the results of their recent research, together with visits to important collections of musical instruments, concerts, and social events. This event will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Reid Concert Hall Museum of Instruments. Details of the provisional programme can be viewed at:

and this web page will be updated as further arrangements are confirmed. The conference is being organised by the Horniman Museum, London, and the Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Musical Instruments


The Papers Sessions are provisionally scheduled to take place in Edinburgh on Thursday July 9 and Friday July 10. Depending on the response, a further papers session may be held on Saturday morning July 11. The organizers invite papers, workshop symposia, round-table discussions, and concert presentations that represent as wide a perspective on the conference theme as possible. Topics concerning developments within Britain as well as those in Europe and the USA that influenced British wind and other instrumental music, wind instrument design, use and performance practice will be sought. The following areas of discipline will be considered but others not listed might be viewed favourably as well: Organology Instrument making Historical musicology Musical acoustics Economic and Social history Biography Performance Practice Iconography Musical Archeology Music theory Metallurgy Military history Intending participants are invited to offer papers based on original research and discoveries, and may be on any topic concerning or illuminating the history of orchestral, band and chamber musical instruments and instrumental performance in Britain, in particular aspects which were characteristically British.

It will not be necessary to submit the full text of papers, but suitable contributions may qualify for publication in the Galpin Society Journal or the Journal of the Historic Brass Society at the discretion of the respective editors and subject to the normal acceptance procedures (both are fully refereed journals). The language of the abstracts and presentations will be English. Papers should be delivered in person at the Conference by one of the named authors. It is intended that there will be no parallel sessions. There will be a small fee for participation in the Conference.

Abstracts of papers (400 words maximum) and a biography (no more than 75
words) together with a list of audio-visual equipment and time requirements should be sent to Arnold Myers by e-mail, preferably as plain text in the body of a message, to:

by 15 January 2009. Submissions will be considered by the Programme Committee, which includes representatives of both societies. Acceptance of submissions will be notified by 15 February 2009. Accepted abstracts will be placed on the Galpin Society's website. For further information, please contact Arnold Myers by e-mail or post at: Reid Concert Hall, Bristo Square, Edinburgh EH8 9AG.