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Historically-informed performance in The Hague

Claire HoldenAHRC Creative Research Fellow Claire Holden has returned from The Hague where she has been running a two-day coaching project for students at The Royal Conservatory.

A violinist with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE), Claire is researching early nineteenth century violin playing as part of her AHRC Fellowship in the Creative and Performing Arts.
Students at The Hague’s Royal Conservatory, a leading institute in historically-informed performance (HIP) education, asked Claire to help them prepare to perform Beethoven's Symphony No.7 without a conductor, as it would have been performed originally.

During her time at the Royal Conservatory, Claire delivered a lecture on nineteenth-century HIP and ran a workshop exploring techniques with string players. She also coached the orchestra through approaching performances without a conductor and on the stylistic and technical aspects of early nineteenth-century playing.

Claire said: “Applying historically faithful nineteenth-century style to their playing made a massive difference to how the symphony sounded. It was a wonderful example of how scholarship can affect dramatic change in the real world when presented in a useful format for the people who need it.

“The reaction from the students was amazing and they’re very interested in the website that we will be setting up to showcase our HIP research.”

Centre for Research into Historically-Informed Performance – This centre was established in 2004 at Cardiff University and seeks to provide the equivalent of a 'well-found laboratory' for research into performance through history.