North American British Music Studies Association

Book hotels for Syracuse by July 8

For all those attending the biennial conference at Syracuse (Aug 4-6, 2016), this is a reminder to book your hotel. The block room rate will end on July 8, 2016. Bookings must be made by this date to guarantee a room at the discounted rate. Information about booking one of the two hotels (Parkview or Sheraton) can be found at http://nabmsa.org/conferences/2016-biennial-conference/2016-biennial-conference-local-arrangements/.

 

NABMSA Election Results and 2015 McVeagh Book Prize Announced

Here are the NABMSA election results (via Jennifer Oates):

President – Eric Saylor

Secretary – Danielle Ward-Griffin

Board – Jenny Doctor and Christopher Scheer

Thank you to all who ran. A special thanks to our out-going officers and the tremendous work they have done: Candace Bailey (President), Nathaniel Geoffrey Lew (Secretary), Dorothy de Val and Justin Vickers (board).

In addition to announcing Ruth Solie as our second lifetime member, the winner of the Diana McVeagh Book Prize was announced:

Rebecca Herissone, Musical Creativity in Restoration England (Cambridge, 2013)

Stephen Lloyd’s Constant Lambert: Beyond the Rio Grande (Boydell, 2014) received honorable mention.

New Issue of NABMSA Reviews

The new issue of NABMSA Reviews is now posted, with reviews of:

  1. Ross W. Duffin, The Music Treatises of Thomas Ravenscroft: ‘Treatise of Practicall Musicke’ and A Briefe Discourse
  2. Jeremy Dibble, Hamilton Harty: Musical Polymath
  3. Suzanne Robinson and Kay Dreyfus, eds., Grainger the Modernist
  4. Nigel Simeone and John Tyrrell, eds., Charles Mackerras
  5. Jon Stratton and Nabeel Zuberi, eds., Black Popular Music in Britain since 1945
  6. Simon Frith, Matt Brennan, Martin Cloonan, and Emma Webster, The History of Live Music in Britain, volume I: 1950-1967: From Dance Hall to the 100 Club

 

Check it out here, along with all the past issues: http://nabmsa.org/nabmsa-reviews/

Theatre in the Regency Era: Plays, Performance, Practice 1795-1843

Conference

July 29-31, 2016

Downing College, University of Cambridge

www.regencytheatre2016.com

Scholars will present papers exploring the period’s dance, music and drama from a wide range of historical and methodological perspectives.  The keynote address, ‘London as Theatre: Entertainment for Free in the Regency City’, will be given by Celina Fox (The Arts of Industry in the Age of Enlightenment), and historical gesture specialist Jed Wentz (Conservatorium van Amsterdam) will present a lecture-performance on ‘Reconstructing Late Eighteenth-Century Acting’.  In addition, the conference will open with an introduction by Iain Mackintosh (Architecture, Actor and Audience) at the remarkable Cambridge Festival Theatre (built in 1814), providing a rare opportunity for conference attendees to see an original surviving Regency three-level horseshoe auditorium.

For further details and to book your place, please see:  www.regencytheatre2016.com

Hurry! Early Bird rates expire on 31 December!

Convenors: Michael Burden, Michael Gaunt, Sarah Meer, Marcus Risdell, Vanessa L. Rogers, Barry Sheppard

cfp: The London Stage and the Nineteenth-Century World

Call for Papers

The London Stage and the Nineteenth-Century World

14-16 April 2016, New College, Oxford

‘Plurality’ might be the most accurate description of the London stage in the nineteenth century: plurality of genre, of style, of theatre buildings. There were new dramatic forms, new technological advances, and new styles of management, not to mention new audiences and ways of attending the theatre.

We welcome contributions on all aspects and forms of drama and theatrical practice, from plays and operas to pantomime and puppetry. Subjects might include: theatrical resources, including collections; the constitution and history of theatrical genres; publishing and circulation; stage biography; music and musicians; scenography and spectacle; and theatrical spaces of all kinds. The ‘London stage’ should be interpreted as inclusively as possible, and we particularly seek papers on such topics as criticism, dance, the staging of the exotic, music hall entertainments, and international influences on London theatre. The meeting will provide an opportunity to take stock of the range of research currently being undertaken in the field as well as a chance to consider the place of London in the broader theatrical and political world.

All sessions will be held at New College, Oxford, with a keynote address by Daniel O’Quinn (University of Guelph) at the Bodleian Library’s new Weston Research Library. The conference is timed to lead up to the Bodleian Library’s exhibition ‘Staging History’, which will be held in the new Weston Research Library in October 2016.

Those wishing to give formal 20-minute papers should submit an abstract of no more than 200 words, and a biography of 100 words. However, we also encourage submissions for discussion panels, and are keen to receive proposals for other formats. The panel for paper selection will be Michael Burden, Jim Davis, Jonathan Hicks, David Francis Taylor, and Susan Valladares.

All proposal are due by midnight on 11 December 2015, and should be submitted to Jacqui Julier at:

Jacqui.julier@new.ox.ac.uk

Inquiries to the organisers, Michael Burden (michael.burden@new.ox.ac.uk) or Jonathan Hicks (jonathan.1.hicks@kcl.ac.uk)

http://www.new.ox.ac.uk/call-papers