The Art Song Platform – Art Song out of the Concert Hall


Host: Goldsmiths

DATE: February 12th, 2021


The Art Song Platform inaugural event, Traditions and Current Practices, held in May 2019 at Goldsmiths, University of London, brought together a broad range of scholars and performers. Among the themes that dominated discussions were the genre’s cultural work, different performance contexts and use of media.  The global Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting lockdown have brought these into spotlight. Digital streaming of recorded or live music events are now the main platform and point of access for both performers and audiences, in some ways bringing the art song once again back to its domestic origins.

This online study day explores the impact of digital technology on the performance and reception of art song. As well as issues concerning performance, we invite papers exploring historical, psychological, sociological, cultural and economic aspects pertaining to art song, its audiences and institutions in digital formats. The event aims to bring together scholars and performing artists. Applications from PhD students and early career scholars/performers are encouraged.

The live event will consist of group discussions, individual papers/presentations and lecture recitals (with provisional option for pre-recorded sessions followed by live discussion). We encourage presentations about performers’ experiences, video examples from performances, reviews of online events etc. The study day will end with an hour-long Q&A session with leading performers and promoters of art song covering the main topics of the event.

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

  • Performance of the repertoire (issues concerning programming, contexts, settings, collaborations, marketing, technology)
  • Composition and performance of new repertoire, including collaborations between composers and performers
  • Historical perspectives (changes in art song performance practice, art song during global crises)
  • Use of media – issues emerging from live, all-digital and the emerging hybrid performance formats blurring further the boundaries between ‘mediatised’ and ‘live’ art song

Duration of presentations:

– Individual papers: 15minutes, followed by 15 minutes of discussion.

– Performers’ reflections: 15minutes, followed by 15 minutes of discussion.

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

– Group discussions: 30 minutes.


Abstracts of c.300 words and a short biography of c.150 words should be submitted for all proposals by December 7th, 2020, to the following email address:

Please indicate the type of presentation you are proposing and, if appropriate, the name(s) of the performers involved.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome by December 11th, 2020.


Stewart Campbell, University of Birmingham

Dr Verica Grmuša, Goldsmiths, University of London

Dr Natasha Loges, Royal College of Music, London

Professor Laura Tunbridge, University of Oxford