Musical Life Outside of London, 1500–1800: Networks, Circulation, Sources

Registration is now open for the ‘Musical Life Outside London’ study day taking place at the Black Gate, Newcastle upon Tyne, on 25 October 2014. The study day is organised jointly by Newcastle University and The Old Newcastle Project.

As space is limited it is essential to register in advance of the day. The standard rate for the day is £20 and the concessionary rate is £15 (speakers, students, MEMS members); the rate covers lunch and refreshments. You can register at the following link:

Our webpage is also now live, and here you can find the full schedule for the day alongside links to travel directions and information about accommodation in the city:

At the end of the day there will be a concert in the Great Hall of the Castle Keep. Shona Mooney and Andy Watt will perform tunes from the Newcastle-based, seventeenth-century Henry Atkinson manuscript alongside music known to have circulated in North-East England and the Scottish Borders in the seventeenth century. Shona was recipient of the 2006 BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year. For further details, or to reserve a ticket, please visit:


If you have any queries about this event please direct them to Dr Kirsten Gibson:


[Original Call for Papers follows]

Newcastle Black Gate, Saturday 25 October, 2014

Keynote: Prof Stephen Marini (Wellesley College): ‘From Newcastle to Colonial Carolina: Transatlantic Sacred Song Networks, Circulation, and Sources in Durham Hills’s Cashaway Psalmody (1770)’

Hosted by Newcastle University and The Old Newcastle Project, this study day explores early modern musical life outside of London as part of the 2014 Siege and Storm festival, commemorating the 1644 siege of Newcastle. The study day will be held in the recently refurbished Black Gate, the medieval gatehouse to Newcastle’s Norman castle.

The study day considers both professional and amateur musical life beyond the political, economic and cultural capital of England alongside musical relationships between London and the wider British nations and regions. Underpinning localised case studies to be presented and discussed at the study day will be three broad interconnected themes: musical networks and communities; modes of circulation; and surviving musical and music-related sources that illuminate the ways in which music, musical tastes and practices circulated beyond and outside the English capital.

Proposals are invited on any aspect of musical life outside of London c.1500–1800, but we particularly welcome papers exploring the following themes:

• Relationships between London musical life and musical life in the greater British nations and regions, and, more broadly, musical relationships between centres and peripheries in regional, national and international contexts;
• Amateur and/or professional musical life and music-making activities including education, employment, civic music, networks and communities of musicians outside of London or with links between London and the wider regions;
• Musico-literary coteries outside of London and the production, consumption and circulation of music within these communities;
• Musical source case studies – print, manuscript and hybrid – produced, compiled, transmitted and/or consumed outside London, or circulated beyond London;
• Regional musical identities and relationships between art and vernacular musics outside of London during this period.

It is proposed that this study day will be the first in a series focusing on these themes, leading to the publication of a collection of essays.

Abstracts for 20 minute papers (no longer than 400 words) and short biographies (no more than 200 words) should be sent to Kirsten Gibson ( by Friday 6 June 2014. Participants will be informed of whether their abstracts have been accepted by Friday 11 July 2014. The programme and registration details will be released in August.

Organisation committee:
Dr Stephanie Carter (Old Newcastle Project)
Dr Kirsten Gibson (Newcastle University)
Dr Roz Southey (Newcastle University)

This study day is supported by Newcastle University’s International Centre for Music Studies and Medieval and Early Modern Research Group and The Old Newcastle Project.