Poetry, Music, Drama: the creation of contemporary opera

16 January 2013, 10am-6pm
Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House, University of London
Institute of Musical Research in association with the Institute of English Studies

This one-day conference brings together poets, composers, producers and academics to discuss the collaborative processes involved in the creation of contemporary opera. Speakers will include: Michael Symmonds-Roberts, Fiona Sampson, John Casken, Robert Saxton, Liza Lim, David Beard, Jonathan Cross and Andrew Watts.
Admission: £15, (£10 students) Booking form at http://music.sas.ac.uk/events/conferences

The conference will be followed by a conversation between Sir Harrison Birtwistle and David Harsent discussing their opera The Minotaur at 18:00. Admission free. Supported by the John Coffin Memorial Trust and the Hepner Foundation.

Music from Japan

Friday 1 February 2013, 10am – 5pm
Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House, University of London
The Instiute of Musical Research in association with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Programmed to complement the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Total Immersion: Music from Japan’

Speakers to include: Dai Fujikawa, Noriko Ogawa, Paul Newland, Peter Burt, Clive Bell, Melissa Holding, Robin Thompson, Richard Benjafield

Free of charge. Please email music@sas.ac.uk to attend.

Thinking and singing conference

10.30am-5.00pm Sat 20th April 2013
Senate House, University of London

Singing performance is an area dominated by the weight of tradition and vested interests, but little clarity about the personal and philosophical issues at stake.
The idea for this conference has come from a group of practitioners who are also academics, and want to share contributions to clarity of thought in relation to singing, and to performance practice.
The two keynote speakers are Prof Peter Wiegold, composer and Head of Research at Brunel University, and Robert Lada, leader of a new research project into somatic training for voice teachers at Berklee Conservatory.
We welcome contributions from anyone who is interested in furthering this debate, in the area of philosophy or related disciplines. We hope to run a focussed and coherent day, with a high level of engagement, which will give rise to further publication of some of the submissions.
Proposals (300 words) for individual papers (20 minutes, with 10 minutes discussion) should be sent by Friday 1 February 2013 to sara.clethero@uwl.ac.uk or sara.clethero@operamint.co.uk. Any enquiries should also be addressed to Sara Clethero.

Programme committee:
David Henson
Simon Zagorski Thomas
Sara Clethero