Eighth Biennial Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain Conference

Eighth Biennial Conference for Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Queen’s University Belfast, 21 – 24 July 2011


Since its inception in 1997, the Biennial Conference on Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain has established itself as one of the most significant musicological meetings in the academic calendar. In an area that has seen an upsurge in scholarly interest in the past two decades, it attracts established scholars and students alike from Europe, North America and Australia. Recent venues have included Leeds, Nottingham, Birmingham and Bristol; papers given at several of these conferences have later been published in collections of essays by Ashgate publishing, as part of their Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain series.


Queen’s University Belfast, Lanyon Building

In 2011 the conference takes place in Belfast, the first time that the event has been held outside England. Reflecting this fact, a theme of the conference is ‘Britain beyond England’, concentrating on the extent to which British identity in the nineteenth century contained elements that were Scottish, Irish and Welsh, existed in contexts that extended far beyond the British Isles, and, musically, was enriched by the presence of musicians from outside England, whether from Europe or from further afield. At the same time, we wish to maintain the liberal tradition of the conference in welcoming papers which explore any aspect of nineteenth-century British music, or of music in nineteenth-century Britain.

The conference will be held over four days and will include around 50 paper presentations, two keynote papers by Professor Byron Adams (University of California, Riverside) and Professor Jeremy Dibble (University of Durham), and a duo recital by the cellist Robin Michael and pianist Huw Watkins that will feature music by Parry, Ireland, Harty, Mendelssohn and Dvorak. Delegates will also have the opportunity to discover some of Northern Ireland’s attractions.

A wide range of books on music will be exhibited and offered for sale by Ashgate Publishing and Boydell and Brewer.



Important Dates


Call for papers

Abstract submission

Abstract acceptance notification

Revised abstract submission


17 November 2010

11 February 2011

28 March 2011

1 June 2011
before/on 16 June 2011, 4 p.m. (BST)
after 16 June 2011, 4 p.m. (BST)




Conference Charges


  • Full registration (standard and concession) includes full conference attendance, delegate pack and conference bag, morning and afternoon refreshments, drinks receptions and concert.
  • Day rate includes refreshments per day reserved; receptions and concert where applicable.


Early bird (before/on 16 June 2011)
Standard £100
*Concession £70
*Standard (RMA/SMI members) £75
*Concession (RMA/SMI members) £50
Day rate £50
Late (after 16 June 2011)
Standard £130
*Concession £90
*Standard (RMA/SMI members) £100
*Concession (RMA/SMI members) £65
Day rate £65
Conference dinner £45
Giant’s Causeway trip £15


* The concession rate is for students, retired academics and independent scholars; proof of these statuses will be required at the time of on-site registration upon arrival. Delegates registering at the concessionary rate for RMA or SMI membership will also have to provide proof of their membership at the time of on-site registration upon arrival.



Conference Organisation



Organising Committee:

Aidan Thomson (Chair)
Iris Mateer
Kirk Shilliday
Ryan Molloy
Daniel Morse



Programme Committee:

Aidan Thomson, Chair (Queen’s University Belfast)
Charles Edward McGuire (Oberlin College)
Jennifer Oates (CUNY, Queens)
Jan Smaczny (Queen’s University Belfast)