John Bird Lecture Series

We host regular public lectures covering current research in musicology, ethnomusicology, composition and performance. Talks are given by guest lecturers  from the UK and abroad, as well as by School of Music staff.

See previous lectures here.

For further information on the John Bird Lecture Series, contact Dr Carlo Cenciarelli, Jeff Paul Charest, or Alessandra Palidda.


Autumn 2017 schedule

All lectures will be held in the Boyd Lecture Theatre (unless otherwise specified) in the School of Music.
Tuesdays, 4:30pm

17 October
Marina Frolova-Walker (Cambridge University)
‘Stalin’s Playlist’
Followed by a piano recital by Peter Donohoe (7pm) and pre-concert talk by Frolova-Walker and Donohoe at 6:15pm.

24 October
John Butt (University of Glasgow)
‘Monteverdi, the 1610 Vespers and the Beginnings of the Modern Musical Work’

31 October
Danijela Špirić-Beard (IMR/Cardiff University)
‘Rocking the Party Line: Socialist Pop in 1970s Yugoslavia’

14 November
Lucy Duran (SOAS)
‘Actions Speak Louder Than Words: Musical Children in the Mali-Cuba Project, and Film as Field Notes’
**N.B. This talk will be held in the Large Lecture Theatre at the School of Music

21 November
Sarah Hibberd (University of Bristol)
‘Cherubini’s Elisa: Alpine Virtue and the Revolutionary Sublime’

28 November
Abigail Gardner (University of Gloucestershire)
‘Music and Ageing’

5 December
Stephen Walsh (Cardiff University)
‘Debussy: On the Naming of Preludes and Other Musical Creatures’
Followed by a piano recital by Caroline Rae and Iwan Llewelyn Jones at 19:00