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Sacher Perspectives: Musicology at the Paul Sacher Foundation – New Directions in Source Study
16-17 March 2012

*Please note there will be no papers on Sunday 18 March*


Cardiff University School of Music is pleased to announce its forthcoming Sacher Perspectives conference held in collaboration with the Paul Sacher Foundation, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and Swiss Embassy of London in association with the Royal Musical Association, Pro Helvetia-the Swiss Arts Council, the Swiss Cultural Fund in Britain and Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation of Switzerland 16-17 March 2012.

The first UK conference on the renowned international collections of the Paul Sacher Foundation, this event is intended as a forum for scholars, performers, and composers interested in source study or who have drawn on the Foundation’s holdings. Papers will explore issues arising from the investigation of the sources housed at the Sacher Foundation, as well as the methodology of such investigation, and will consider how manuscripts, sketches, correspondence and any other material stored at the Foundation open up the way we think about particular composers in the collections, and about music and source study in general.


Keynote papers

Dr Felix Meyer (Director Paul Sacher Foundation)

‘Caution – Afterlives in Store: The Paul Sacher Foundation and its Work with Composers’ Archives’

Dr Robert Piencikowski (Paul Sacher Foundation and Cardiff University)

‘Paul Sacher and Pierre Boulez’


Conference Concert 16 March 2012

Conference delegates will be able to attend a BBC Radio 3 live broadcast concert of major works commissioned by Paul Sacher given by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Principal Conductor Thierry Fischer in the presence of His Excellency Anton Thalmann, Swiss Ambassador to the UK, at BBC Hoddinott Hall, Wales Millennium Centre Cardiff on 16 March 2012. The programme will comprise: Martin Petite symphonie concertante, Lutos?awski Double Concerto, Stravinsky Concerto in D ‘Basle’, Honegger Symphony No.4 ‘Deliciae basiliensis’, with soloists Catrin Finch (harp), Lucas Macías Navarro (oboe), Louis Schwizgebel-Wang (piano) and Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord).


Conference Exhibition

An exhibition of facsimile material from the Paul Sacher Foundation will be on display at the Cardiff University School of Music during the conference and will be formally opened by HE Anton Thalmann, Swiss Ambassador to the UK on 16 March 2012. Additional facsimile materials from the Paul Sacher Foundation will also be on display at BBC Hoddinott Hall, Wales Millennium Centre.


Conference Fees

The full package conference fee is £95, which includes a ticket to the concert on 16 March as well as conference attendance for both days with buffet lunches and tea/coffee refreshments. Concessions are available for RMA members (£80) and RMA student members (£50). Day rates are also available for those not wishing to attend the full conference or conference concert (£50, with student concessions at £30).

To register, please download the registration form from the right hand of this page.



The School of Music is located on Corbett Road in the heart of the University's Cathays campus.

For satellite navigation devices please use the postcode CF10 3EB

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The conference will be a busy one in Cardiff due to the final of the Six Nations Rugby International on 17 March. Delegates are advised to book an hotel promptly, and to investigate availability outside Cardiff (Newport and Bristol are linked to Cardiff with an excellent train service). Suggestions for hotels in the Cardiff area are provided below:

A full list of local hotels is available through the Visit Cardiff website.


Programme Committee

Dr Caroline Rae (Cardiff University)
Dr David Beard (Cardiff University)
Dr Rachel Beckles Willson (Royal Holloway University of London)
Dr Robert Piencikowski (Paul Sacher Foundation and Cardiff University)
Professor Stephen Walsh (Cardiff University)
Professor David Wyn Jones (Cardiff University)

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