Musica Britannica Critical Music Editing Study Day Methodology, Sources, Repertoire, 1600-1900

Musica Britannica/RMA Critical Music Editing Study Day Methodology, Sources, Repertoire, 1600-1900

Saturday 4 October, 2014

School of Music, University of Leeds


This study day, sponsored by Musica Britannica, the Royal Musical Association and LUCEM (Leeds University Centre for English Music), investigates the critical editing of British music from 1600-1900.

Musica Britannica, formed in 1951, has been at the forefront of the critical editing of important and often times overlooked British music. Even as it approaches its 100th volume, many areas of the repertoire remain unexplored. This day will consider areas still in need of exploration through scholarly editions, and the sources and methodologies available. The study day is aimed at current and potential research students, as well as existing editors wishing to improve their skills, and performers just wishing to get the most out of their MB volumes.

The morning session will feature talks on Musica Britannica (Julian Rushton, Chair of Musica Britannica Editorial Committee), methodology (H. Diack Johnstone, General Editor), sources (Nicolas Bell, member of the editorial committee and Curator of the music collections at the British Library), and the history of the editing of British music (Peter Holman, member of the editorial committee), and will conclude with a Round Table on repertoire.

The afternoon will be devoted to practical sessions on music from 1600-1750 (led by Rebecca Herissone, Peter Holman, H. Diack Johnstone, and Bryan White) and music from 1750-1900 (led by Nicholas Bell, Peter Horton, Valerie Langfield and Julian Rushton).

It will be possible to attend sessions in both strands or to concentrate on one of them. While a good general grasp of music theory and history relevant to the periods to be studied is essential, no prior specialist knowledge of the critical editing of music is required.

Registration fee: (inclusive of morning and afternoon coffee and lunch): £16 (£11 for RMA members); students £10 (£5 for RMA members). Places are limited, so please apply early. Registration closes 26 September. Please register at the Study Day Website. Student travel bursaries are available. Contact Bryan White ( for further information.

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