The Art Song Platform: Traditions and Current Practices



Institute of Musical Research Grants Series

In affiliation with the Royal Musical Association

Goldsmiths, University of London, May 10th, 2019


Proposals are invited for The Art Song Platform – Traditions and Current Practices, a study day at Goldsmiths, University of London on May 10th, 2019.While not excluding any strands of research in the genre of art song, the emphasis will be placed on performance, especially seeking insights that might emerge from a dialogue between academia and performance institutions. The event aims to bring together scholars and performing artists, particularly encouraging applications from PhD students and early career scholars/performers.

The event, free to attendees and open to the public, will consist of panels with individual papers, research/performance reports and lecture recitals. The study day will end with an hour-long round table closing session covering the main topics of the event.

Presentations will be welcomed on a range of topics including, but not limited to:

  • Art song – history, analysis, cultural contexts, performance and performers, reception, embodiment and identity
  • Performance of the repertoire today (industry, programming,different contexts, settings, formats and media, collaboration with non-musicians)
  • Composition and performance of new repertoire, including collaboration between composers and performers

Duration of presentations:

– Individual papers: 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of discussion.

-Research/performance reports: 10 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of discussion/workshop on programming. This format will provide a platform for showcasing “works-in-progress”and allow for more participants with greater scope for discussion.

-Lecture recitals: 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for questions from the audience. 


Abstracts of c.300 words and a short biography of c.150 words should be submitted for all proposals by January 20th, 2019 to the following email address:

Please indicate the type of presentation you are proposing, technical requirements and whether your presentation includes a performance aspect, and, if so, who will take part. There is a possibility of arranging for an official accompanist for the event so please indicate whether you would need one.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome by February 22nd, 2019.


A number of up to £50 bursaries provided by IMR grant is available for students and unwaged early career scholars to assist with their travel expenses. The Royal Musical Association will provide two bursaries to the successful applicants who are RMA members. Preference will be given to applicants whose presentation includes a performance aspect.

Please indicate in your email whether you are applying for a bursary and whether you are a RMA member.


Professor Simon McVeigh, Goldsmiths, University of London

Professor Laura Tunbridge, Oxford University

Dr Chris Dromey, Middlesex University

Dr Verica Grmusa, Royal Holloway, University of London