Church Music and Musicians in Britain 1660-1900: “Between the Chapel and the Tavern”

A Conference sponsored jointly by Canterbury Christ Church University and Canterbury Cathedral for performers and scholars to discuss new research and practice.

20th-23rd June 2017

Call for Papers

The deadline for receipt of abstracts (see below) is Monday 31 October 2016; selection will be made by Monday 28th November 2016.

All presentations must be given in English. The programme committee invites proposals related to one or more of the following key themes:

  • Music: new scholarship on composers, performers and repertoire in Britain 1660-1900.
  • Performance Practice: Music & Liturgy; vocal and instrumental forces.
  • Socio-historical perspectives: senses of identity and community; patronage, subscription, & freelance incomes; class and culture in church & cathedral music; social and musical mobility; cross-fertilisation between sacred and secular music-making.
  • Church and cathedral music in the provinces: local narratives, connections, cultures and legacies (especially Canterbury-related).
  • Aesthetics, philosophy and theology of church music 1660-1900.
  • Interdisciplinarity and performativity: liturgical music, drama and dance; singers and instrumentalists in liturgical contexts; music and sacred space.
  • Training and education: pedagogy, philosophy, function.
  • Written music: manuscript, printing, publishing and copyright studies.
  • Sacred and secular: intersections/exchanges; church music and politics; civic and sacred performances; local, national, colonial and post-colonial issues.
  • Reception: criticism, regard and neglect.

Abstracts for individual papers (of 20 minutes’ duration) of approximately 250 words should be preceded by the following information: name; institution (as appropriate); postal address; phone; email address; title.

Abstracts should be emailed to: cmmc@canterbury.ac.uk.

Conference features

  • Keynote Speaker: Prof. Rachel Cowgill, University of Huddersfield.
  • Accommodation in the International Study Centre (in the Precincts of the Cathedral).
  • Conference Dinner in the Claggett Auditorium, ISC.
  • An evening with the Canterbury Catch Club: excellent food, drink and convivial song (participation welcomed, though not compulsory) in the timbered upper room of a 15th-century local hostelry.
  • A Conference Concert reflecting the dual nature of the music and musicians under discussion in the superb chamber music space of St Gregory’s Centre for Music, CCCU, given by Cathedral musicians.
  • Free access for Conference Delegates to Cathedral, Precincts, Library, and Archives.
  • Cathedral Evensongs integrated into the Conference schedule.

Programme Committee:

  • Chris Price (co-chair): Senior Lecturer, Canterbury Christ Church University & Tenor Lay Clerk, Canterbury Cathedral.
  • Dr David Newsholme (co-chair): Assistant Organist & Director of the Cathedral Girls Choir, Canterbury Cathedral.
  • Canon Chris Irvine: Canon Librarian, Canterbury Cathedral.
  • Christopher Gower, FRCO, FCM: former Organist of Peterborough Cathedral.

Any queries should be addressed to cmmc@canterbury.ac.uk.

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