The Symphony Orchestra as Cultural Phenomenon


Dates: 1–3 July 2010

Location: Institute of Musical Research, Senate House, University of London.

A provisional programme and booking form is now available on the IMR website:

Programme Committee to include: Katharine Ellis (IMR), Stephen Cottrell (Goldsmiths College, University of London), Rachel Cowgill (University of Leeds/Liverpool Hope University), Jonathan Cross (University of Oxford), Julian Rushton (University of Leeds).

Keynote Speakers to include: Tina K. Ramnarine (Royal Holloway, University of London), David Wright (Royal College of Music).

The conference seeks to explore the economic, political, social and cultural developments connected with the Symphony Orchestra, and their reciprocal effects on music, individuals, institutions and places. By placing emphasis on a comparative, contextual approach, we aim to highlight local and national idiosyncrasies.

A call for papers will be issued early in 2009.


Duncan Boutwood –

Roddy Hawkins –

Please email the convenors with any queries.