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John Bird Research Seminar Series

The School of Music’s John Bird seminars cover a range of topics from leading musicologists, educationalists, and music practitioners.

All talks take place at 16:30 on Wednesdays in the Boyd Lecture Theatre, School of Music, and are also available online (please contact Huw Thomas at for further details).

Seminars 2023-24




Wednesday 11 October

Dr David Beard (Cardiff University)

‘Elective Affinities’: Found Objects, Musical Repurposing, and Concealed Meanings in Music by Judith Weir

Wednesday 25 October

Gwenno Saunders

The Creative Toolbox

Wednesday 15 November

Dr Steven Berryman (King’s College London/Chartered College of Teaching)

Can We Really Plan Nationally for Music Education?

Wednesday 22 November

Professor Gareth Schott (University of Waikato) and Alroy Walker (Ngāti Korokī-Kahukura, Te Pūkenga ki Kirikiriroa – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology)

Waiata Anthems: How Aotearoa (New Zealand) Popular and Contemporary Music is Addressing Generational Trauma and Revitalising Te Reo Māori (the Māori language)

Wednesday 29 November

Dr Samantha Ege (University of Southampton)

Undine Smith Moore’s Soweto: A Cartography of Racial Terror, Rage, and Remembrance

Wednesday 13 December

Dr Robert Fokkens (Cardiff University)

Making Opera in Liminal Spaces, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Boulez’s Bombs

Wednesday 31 January

Dr Lindsay Carter (Cardiff University)

Tormented by Pigeons: music for sad comedy in the Zbigniew Preisner–Krzysztof Kieślowski collaborations

Wednesday 7 February

Professor Richard Causton (University of Cambridge)

Composing with Electromagnets: Composer Richard Causton Talks About his Recent Work at IRCAM

Wednesday 21 February

Dr Caroline Rae (Cardiff University), with Charles Bodman Whittaker

The Cinq églogues in Context: A Microcosm of Jolivet’s Late Style

Wednesday 17 April

Professor Benjamin Walton (University of Cambridge)

Alternative Histories of Nineteenth-Century Opera

Wednesday 1 May

Professor Rachel Harris (SOAS, London)

Music, tourism, and colonial desire: the case of the ‘Xinjiang Dance’ Craze