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John Bird Lectures

These lectures, which are open to the public, take place on Tuesday afternoons at 16.30 in the Boyd Lecture Theatre, School of Music.

A full calendar of School events, including the John Bird Lectures, is also available online.

Watch videos of previous lectures here.

Autumn Semester 2013

8 October 'Handel, Slavery and the New World of Financial Capitalism'
David Hunter (University of Texas, Austin)

15 OctoberTenebrae (UK Premiere by BBC National Orchestra of Wales in 2013)'
John Pickard (University of Bristol)

22 October ‘Encounters and Non-Encounters in the Wonderful World of World Music’
Bob White (University of Montreal)

29 October ‘Beware the Lamb: Staging Bach's Passions’
Bettina Varwig (King's College London)

19 November 'Music, Bildung, Culture'
Roger Savage (University of California, Los Angeles)

26 November ‘Growing into Music in Mali: Da Kali, the Pledge to the Art of the Griot’
Lucy Durán and Geoffrey Baker (SOAS, University of London and University of Oxford)

3 December ‘Maria Schneider, Digital Patronage and Artist-Fan Interactivity’
Justin Williams (University of Bristol)


Spring Semester 2014

28 January ‘Oratorio and Drama: Operatic Staging of Oratorios in the Romantic Era’
Monika Hennemann (Cardiff University)

4 February 'Psychedelia and its High Other'
Sarah Hill (Cardiff University)

11 February 'Measuring Emotional Response for a Bach Sonata’
Michael Spitzer (University of Liverpool

18 February Title TBC
Mathieu Schneider and Dorothea Redepennig (Université de Strasbourg and Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg)

25 February ‘On the Musical Sentimental: Reconsidering a Debased Category in Modernism’
Stephen Downes (Royal Holloway, University of London)

11 March ‘The Gypsy Musicians of Soporu, Central Transylvania: At Home and Away over Twenty Years’
Colin Quigley (University of Limerick)

25 March 'Orchestral Fields and Battle Fields'
Arlene Sierra (Cardiff University)

1 April ‘Concert Platform: A Space for a Style in Turkish Music'
John Morgan O'Connell (Cardiff University)

8 April 'Hans Erdmann's Score for Nosferatu (1922) and the Idea of Modular Form'
Tobias Plebuch (Humboldt-Universität Berlin)


For further details please contact:

Professor Rachel Cowgill

Position: Head of School Telephone: +44(0)29 208 74377