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Konferenz: “Classical Music, critical Challenges”

Die Tagung wird am King’s College in London stattfinden, und zwar am 17. Oktober 2014.

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“This one-day conference builds on the success of the conference on May
23rd: Classical music as contemporary socio-cultural practice: critical
perspectives. This event drew on expertise from sociologists,
musicologists and practitioners to bring to offer critiques of
inequality and discrimination in the classical music industry; analysis
of ways in which classical music education can sometimes entrench
existing exclusions; and the enabling as well as the constraining
influence of existing cultural norms, institutions, and modes of
practice. ‘Classical music: critical challenges’ aims to continue
providing new perspectives while also offering challenges to existing
practices, and discussion of ways forward. Similar to our previous
conference, the discussion will involve academics, practitioners and
cultural sector partners. We hope that this dialogue will allow existing
debates to shift in new directions, particularly in relation to
analysing existing power inequalities.

We have an exciting interdisciplinary line-up of speakers which includes
practitioners and academics. A central issue will be classical music’s
hegemonic status and how this has been produced and maintained; this
will be discussed by Professor Mark Banks (Leicester University),
Professor Bev Skeggs (Goldsmiths, University of London), and Laudan
Nooshin (City University). Following the critical questions raised at
the panel on education at our May conference, a further panel on
education featuring Pamela Burnard (University of Cambridge) and
Christine Bates (Leeds College of Music) will examine ways in which
classical music education is changing, taking examples from practice.

Possibilities for change will also be the focus of a panel examining
changes which new music practices have made to classical music norms,
and how institutions have enabled or constrained these. This panel will
feature musicologists Stephen Graham (Goldsmiths, University of London),
Roddy Hawkins (Manchester University), and Nick Williams (Huddersfield
University). Music teachers’ perspectives will be discussed by Fran
Hanley from the Musicians Union. Finally, Professor Roe-Min Kok from
McGill University will discuss her new work, a post-colonial analysis of
the ABRSM’s history, sharing a panel with Rachel Beckles-Willson from
Royal Holloway, talking about her new book, ‘Orientalism and musical
mission: Palestine and the West’. A full programme will be available in

Registration is free but places are limited, allocated on a first come,
first served basis. Please email christina.scharff@kcl.ac.uk to reserve
your place.

Public Event: What lies beneath? Exploring the hidden currents of the
classical music world

The conference will be followed by a wine reception, after which
conference delegates may wish to stay on for a public event taking place
as part of the Kings College London Arts and Humanities Festival, ‘What
lies beneath? Exploring the hidden currents of the classical music
world’. Conference attendees are required to book separately for this
event. Booking for the festival will open on September 17th and further
information can be found here.

This public event will ask how it is that classical music remains so
unequal. If talent and self-application matter, why is it that those in
positions of power tend to fit into quite a narrow – mainly male, white
and middle-class – demographic? And given that there is strong support,
at least theoretically, for more inclusive practices, why is it that
racial, classed and gendered inequalities prevail? By excavating
personal and musical stories, research data, and musical cultures, this
panel discussion aims to dig deeper into the underground of the
profession to explore why demographic background, rather than talent and
hard work, seems to matter.


ANNA BULL is currently engaged in PhD research, funded by the ESRC,
examining the pathways of young classical musicians to illuminate
questions of class, authority, and bodily practice in classical music.

ALICE FARNHAM is Course Director of Women Conductors at Morley – a
programme to encourage women into the profession.

BEVERLEY MASON, director at medar pysden international, is a consultant
researcher and advisor in the cultural and creative industries.

CHRISTINA SCHARFF is lecturer at King’s and has recently won the
prestigious ESRC Future Research Leaders grant to conduct extensive
research on the working lives of classically trained, female musicians.

JESSICA DUCHEN is a classical music journalist, novelist and playwright
who writes regularly for the Independent as well as leading classical
music publications

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AYANNA WITTER-JOHNSON is a young, up and coming composer and performer.

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