Performing Musicology

The Royal Musical Association, City University and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama present



P E R F  O R M I N G   M U S I C O L O G Y


with Keynote Speaker John Rink



A Study Day for Research Students


Friday 17 June, 2011


Performance Space, College Building, City University, St John’s Street, London EC1V 4PB



C A L L   F O R   P A P E R S


Over the past twenty years scholars have increasingly engaged in collaborations with performers as the traditional emphasis on music as embodied in the score has been fundamentally challenged by an understanding of music as sound, as event and as communicative act. These collaborations have often proved fruitful, yet a genuine synthesis of musicology and performance is still a comparatively rare phenomenon and representatives of both fields generally continue to conduct their professional careers on ‘home territory’. There is still immense scope for fusion of musicology and performance, and this Study Day aims to explore how a more fully integrated approach may become an innate part of our daily scholarly and creative activity.


Discussion might be stimulated by, but not limited to, the following issues:

•How an analytical understanding of temporal aspects of music, such as narrative, shape or expression, may enhance the communicative impact of performance.

•The role of theorising in the negotiating of performance strategies in new music or non-classical repertoires.

•Studies of analytical/ musicological/ sociological approaches to music pedagogy.

•The effect of physical gesture and of visual aspects in performance on audience engagement and/ or the role of the audience as active participants in performance events.

•Exploring the creative role of the performer as interpreter or improviser and of all performance as a form of (re)composition.


Abstracts of not more than 200 words for individual papers (20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes discussion) or lecture recitals (30 minutes, followed by 15 minutes discussion), detailing principal research questions and methodology if relevant, should be submitted by the 1 March 2011 to the convenor Clare Hammond ( for consideration by the programme committee. Proposals from those pursuing performance-based research are particularly welcome. Sound clips or other media which accompany your proposal will be considered, but are not required.


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The day will end with a roundtable discussion during which we hope to highlight issues which will be key to the future of performance studies (speakers tbc).


To register in advance your intention to come to this event please contact Clare Hammond ( or the RMA Student Liaison Officer Susan Bagust (