Voices and Books, 1500-1800

AHRC Network: Voices and Books, 1500-1800
Co-led by Professor Jennifer Richards (Newcastle University) and Professor Richard Wistreich (Royal Northern College of Music)
Workshop 1: Saturday 12th April 2014

Venue: Conference Room, Royal Northern College of Music, 124 Oxford Road Manchester M13 9RD

This is an AHRC-funded network of early modern scholars based in the UK and US (literary scholars, linguists, historians, musicologists) and partners (British Library; City Library, Newcastle; National Early Music Association UK; The Reading Experience Database; Seven Stories, National Centre for Children’s Books) who are committed to recovering the history of reading aloud and listening to books. In 2014 we will be organising three workshops, to be held at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, Strathclyde University, Glasgow and the British Library, London. And in 2015 we will host an International Conference on Reading Aloud 1500-2015 at City Library, Newcastle. Please see below for an invitation to attend our first workshop in Manchester. For more information, see our website: http://research.ncl.ac.uk/voicesandbooks/

Programme:
9.30 Neil Rhodes (St Andrews University): ‘Speech and Text in Early Modern England: An Outline of Some Problems’
10.20 Communal sight-reading from part-books: live demonstration with RNCM vocal students, with commentary by Richard Wistreich (RNCM)
11.15 Coffee
11.45 Abigail Williams (St Peter’s College, Oxford) Practices of reading aloud in the eighteenth century
12.30 Lunch (at RNCM)
1.15 Richard Bethell (National Early Music Association): ‘The Hegemony of Vocal Sound through the Long Eighteenth Century’, with live demonstration by a singer
2.00 Felicity Laurence (Newcastle University): ‘Children’s voices in the contemporary classroom’
2.45 Tea
3.00 Kate van Orden (Harvard University): ‘Typography, Civility, and Song in 16th-century France’
3.45 Margaret Williamson (Newcastle University): ‘Writing for Radio’
4.30 Closing discussion
5.00 Finish

This event is free and open to anyone who would like to come. If you are interested in attending, however, please contact the Network Co-ordinator: Helen.Stark@ncl.ac.uk. (N.B. places may be limited). Some small bursaries may be available to assist doctoral students and ECRs with the costs of attendance.

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