Cardew 2011: A Conference To Celebrate Cornelius Cardew (1936–1981)


A Conference to Celebrate Cornelius Cardew (1936–1981)

9–11 December 2011

Morley College, London

Cornelius Cardew was a tutor at Morley College in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and left a lasting impact on the College as well as the wider British contemporary music scene, perhaps most notably through the Scratch Orchestra, which grew out of his composition classes.

As part of its celebration of Cardew on the 20th anniversary of his death, Morley College is holding a conference focussing on the composer and the themes of his life and work. The conference will comprise key-note addresses, academic papers, presentations, workshops and performances, as well as a round table discussion by some of Cardew’s former colleagues and students.

Papers/presentations are invited from interested scholars, including research students and performer-scholars, on any of the following themes:

  • · Cornelius Cardew: his philosophy, musical output and impact on British music
  • · Cardew’s relationship to contemporaries such as Stockhausen, Cage, Wolff, Boulez, Feldman etc.
  • · British experimental and avant-garde music
  • · Amateur music making
  • · Sound Art / Sound Poetry
  • · Music and politics in Britain since WWII

Please send proposals for 20-minute presentations including the following:

  • Title
  • Name of proposer
  • Abstract of 200–250 words
  • e-mail, address and phone numbers of proposer(s)
  • institutional affiliation, if any
  • equipment requirements (please enquire; equipment available includes computers & projectors, AV, some musical instruments)

Closing Date: Thursday 30 June 2011

Advice of acceptance: 1 August 2011

Enquiries and expressions of interest

Patricia Shaw, Head of Section: Instrumental & Academic Studies (020) 7450 1823

Music Department

Morley College

61 Westminster Bridge Rd

London SE1 7HT

United Kingdom


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