Fifth International Romantic Brass Symposium

Tuesday 20 November – Thursday 22 November 2018 in Biel/Bienne (Switzerland)
Held by by Bern University of the Arts (HKB)

The well-established Romantic Brass Symposia in Bern present current research on brass instruments. They concentrate on music of the ‘long 19th century’ (1789–1914). After conferences on the keyed trumpet and the ophicleide, French horns, the materiality of brass instruments, the saxhorn, and conservation of played historical instruments, this fifth edition highlights the trombone as well as materiality and acoustics of brass instruments in general. It is held in collaboration with the Historic Brass Society. Keynotes will be given by Anneke Scott, Trevor Herbert and Stewart Carter, and the symposium will be accompanied by a concert with soloist Ian Bousfield (trombone).

We call for papers and concert lectures on all topics of brass instruments of the long 19th century, including repertoire, history, instrument making as well as reproducing, acoustics, and materiality. Contributions on the trombone are especially welcome.
Papers should not be longer than 20 minutes (followed by 10 minutes for discussion); shorter presentations (10’ + 5’ discussion) are equally welcome. The official language for the conference is English.

Submission until 1 April 2018 to daniel.allenbach(at), further information on