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Music for Stringed Instruments: Music Archives and the Materials of Musicological Research in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries, 23-24 June 2010

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This conference forms part of the 4-year AHRC-funded research project based at the University of Leeds and Cardiff University, focusing on 19th- and early 20th-century performing editions of string chamber music and their value and significance as sources for empirical evidence about performance practices.

Broad topics for conference papers include:
• 19th- and early 20th-century publishing history
• Plate number chronologies
• Creation and significance of digital resources for research in the field
• Comparative studies: editions and performance practices
• Manuscripts
• Editions with significant MS annotation
• Music archives
• Studies of individual editor-performers
• The use of early recordings
• Illustrated papers exploring the practical application of this research

Keynote Speaker:
Professor Robert Pascall will give the keynote address:
‘Brahms’s expectations and ideals for notation and performance’.

The provisional conference timetable is now available for download. The formal call for papers is now closed. However, it may be possible to consider late proposals. Anyone wishing to contribute a paper should contact Professor Robin Stowell, School of Music, Cardiff University CF10 3EB, Wales, UK (, enclosing/attaching an abstract of the proposed paper (maximum 300 words). Papers (including time for discussion) will be of 30 minutes’ duration; papers with musical/practical demonstration may be of 45 minutes’ duration. Shorter contributions of 10-15 minutes on topics related to the conference themes have also been welcomed.

The Conference will include a performance given by the LUCHIP ensemble (Leeds University Centre for Historically Informed Performance), followed by a round table discussion.


Booking is now open. Please complete the registration form (downloadable) to register for the conference. Please note the increased cost of the various conference packages after 20 May 2010.


This is a residential conference. Accommodation will be provided in single-occupancy en-suite bedrooms at Talybont North, which is about 10 minutes’ walk from the Music Building. Each group of bedrooms has a kitchenette with tea and coffee making facilities. Bed linen and towels are provided. Breakfast will be served in the Social Centre from 07.30 - 09.00.

On the day of departure rooms should be vacated by 10.00am unless alternative arrangements have been agreed with reception.

Please note that there are no lifts in the building; if you have any special requirements please inform Professor Robin Stowell.

A map showing the location of the accommodation and directions from the motorway is included below.

The accommodation address is:

Talybont North
Southgate House
Bevan Place
CF14 3UX
Telephone No: +44 (0) 29 2087 4660

Room keys will be available EITHER from the Reception at Southgate House (from 12 noon) OR from the School of Music at Registration. Please indicate your preference in the relevant place on the registration form. The reception at Talybont (Southgate House) is open from 8.00am until 10.00 pm Monday to Friday. If you are arriving at any other time please contact us so that alternative arrangements can be made.
Rooms will be available from 12.00pm on 23 June.

Should you prefer hotel accommodation, the University has preferential rates with some local hotels. Information will be given on request (hotel bed and breakfast accommodation is likely to be at least £70 per person per night).

Car Parking

Car parking is available on site. Please use the main car park indicated on the map (below) as there is no parking outside the accommodation. Please note that there may be a short walk to your allocated accommodation.

Parking is not available at the School of Music, where a permit is required. However, several public car parks are located close to the University, all of which are marked on Map 4. There is also pay and display car parking available on Park Place and within the civic centre (along College Road, City Hall Road, King Edward VII Avenue and Museum Avenue). This typically costs around £3.50 for three hours. Payment is by coin or debit/ credit card. Parking in the North Road car park is £5.00 per day. (Charges for city centre multi-storey car parks vary considerably, up to £12 per day.)

Cardiff is served by the M4 and is easily accessible from all parts of
Britain. From the south west, take the M5 and from the south of England,
follow major A-roads to the M4. From Scotland, the north of England and
the Midlands, travel via the M50 to the M4.

FROM THE WEST  Exit M4 at junction 32, follow signs for city centre (A470) until you reach Gabalfa interchange (where the A470 crosses the A48). Stay in left-hand lane, and continue on to the roundabout.
1. Take the 4th exit from the roundabout, almost immediately after joining the A48, take the left lane and prepare to turn left at the first traffic lights, into Excelsior Road. (follow directions as 2. below)

FROM THE EAST Exit M4 at junction 29, follow A48(M) westbound.

1.  After the 5th turning off the A48 look for signs for “Talybont Student
Residence”.  After passing under the Gabalfa interchange (where A470 crosses the A48) take the left lane and prepare to turn left at the first traffic lights into Excelsior Road.
2. At mini roundabout take 1st exit, and then take the 1st right (McDonalds is on the left-hand side). Turn almost immediately right again, into Talybont. You will approach security gates.


Reception is at Southgate House (No 3 on the map) and is situated in the middle of the site adjacent to the Social Centre.

Directions to Talybont (No 5 on the map)

 location map

Talybont  is approximately a 15-minute walk from the town centre. A taxi will cost around £7.00.

Travel By Rail / Coach / Bus
High-speed inter-city trains provide frequent services between all major
British cities. The Cardiff-London (Paddington) service runs at 30-minute intervals throughout the day. Frequent regional network trains connect Cardiff with Bristol, Birmingham, Southampton, Manchester and Liverpool,
and with many other cities and towns. For details go to

Cardiff is also served by regular coach services from towns and cities across the UK. From Cardiff Central Station there is a frequent train service which stops at Cathays Station (located on the Cathays Park campus).
Local bus services also operate from the terminal at Cardiff Central Station.
For the Cathays Park campus – The No 27 service leaves Stand D3 every 10
minutes throughout the day.

Travel By Air
Cardiff International Airport is 11 miles from the city centre. National Express
and various rail companies operate services to Cardiff Central Station from London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports.


A downloadable map showing the location of the School of Music and Aberdare Hall in relation to the Talybont Student Residence is available at:

For general enquiries regarding the conference, contact Professor Robin Stowell (

Conference Programme Committee: Professor Clive Brown (University of Leeds), Professor Robin Stowell (Cardiff University), Dr George Kennaway (University of Leeds).

Cardiff University
Cardiff University is recognised in independent assessments as one of Britain's leading teaching and research universities. Founded by Royal Charter in 1883,
it combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research with a proud heritage of service and achievement. Among the University’s academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, Professor Sir Martin Evans. In 2007, the University was awarded its third Queen’s Anniversary Prize for excellence in Higher Education, in recognition of its Institute of Medical Genetics. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning.

From its outstanding central location amidst the parks, Portland-stone buildings and tree-lined avenues that form Cardiff's elegant civic centre, the University attracts students and staff from throughout the world, drawn by its international reputation and commitment to innovation and excellence in all areas of activity. Cardiff is a member of the Russell Group of Britain’s leading research universities.

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