Using early recordings in practice-led research

12 Sep 2021
Huddersfield, England

We are pleased to announce the programme of the symposium "Using early recordings in practice-led research", to be held at the University of Huddersfield on 12th September 2021. The programme will include a number of lecture-recitals, as well as a workshop during which several wax cylinders will be produced. Attendance is free, and postgraduate students working on topics related to early recordings are invited to send an expression of interest to give a short presentation about their research.

9.00 – 9.15 – Welcome from Eva Moreda Rodríguez and Inja Stanovic
9.15 – 10.00 – George Kennaway (University of Huddersfield).  “Why Bach? Why not Tartini? Early recordings of 18th-century string music and the nineteenth-century canon“
10.00 – 10.45 – David Milsom/Inja Stanovic (University of Huddersfield). “Setting the Record Straight: Violin and piano in disc recording session“
10.45 – 11.00 – Coffee break
11.00 – 11.45 – Jeroen Billiet (Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles). “‘The instructive-pitoresque museum‘: A case study of instrumental tuition and development of performance style in Belgian belle époque horn studios”
11. 45 – 12.30 – Kate Bennet-Wardsworth (Guildhall School of Music). “Talking with your hands: early spoken-word recordings as a guide to string portamento“
12.30 – 13.30 – Lunch break
13.30 – 14.00 – PG short presentations
14.00 – 17.00 – Workshop

The workshop will be led by Duncan Miller and Inja Stanovic. We will record using a phonograph, and two minute blanks to produce wax cylinders. During the workshop, there will be opportunities to discuss a range of technical and methodological issues.The event will also be streamed online, on our YouTube channel and we will let you know about the details of the streaming closer to the time.

17.00 – End of event; final remarks

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The event is organized as part of the AHRC-funded research network Redefining Early Recordings as Sources for Performance Practice and History.