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.

Lectures take place via Zoom at 4:30pm.
Zoom Event

2020-21 schedule

10 December 2020
Dr Stephen Millar (Cardiff University) Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
“From Belfast to the Somme (and back again): Loyal Paramilitaries, Political Song, and Reverberations of Violence”

21 January 2021
Dr Rob Fokkens (Cardiff University)
Bhekizizwe: Dramaturgical and Musical Challenges in Operatic Monodrama”

28 January 2021
Dr Barbara Gentili (Cardiff University) Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
Sponsored by Cardiff University’s Centre for Interdisiplinary Research in Opera and Drama (CIRO)
“Re-crafting the Art of Singing in the Age of Verismo: Aural Perspectives through Early Recordings”

11 Feb 2021
Dr Anothai Nitibhon, Dr. Apichai Chantanakajornfung and Dr. Elissa Miller-Kay (Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music (PGVIM), Bangkok)
“Reimagining the Student Recital”

11 March 2021
Professor Berthold Hoeckner (University of Chicago)
Topic tbc

25 March 2021
Aidan Lang, General Director, Welsh National Opera
Sponsored by Cardiff University’s Centre for Interdisiplinary Research in Opera and Drama (CIRO)
“The Opera Industry in the 21st Century”

29 April 2021
Professor Kenneth Hamilton (Cardiff University)
“New Light on the Liszt Sonata”

6 May 2021
Professor Jeanice Brooks (University of Southampton)
“Serious Ambitions: Nadia Boulanger and the Composition of La Ville Morte

27 May 2021
Dr Wiebke Thormählen (Royal College of Music, London)
“A Magical Bond: Opera at Home in Nineteenth-century Britain”

10 June 2021
Dr Vilde Aaslid (University of Rhode Island, USA)
“Improvising Musicopoetics in Vijay Iyer and Mike Ladd’s In What Language

See previous lecture schedules here.