Conference 2020

Shakespeare and Music: New Interdisciplinary Perspectives

10–11 December 2020

Inaugural Online Conference of the Shakespeare and Music Study Group, hosted by the Universities of Manchester and Huddersfield, convened by Michelle Assay and David Fanning

‘When were you wont to be so full of songs, sirrah?’ (King Lear, I/4)

The ‘Shakespeare and Music’ group was founded in affiliation with the Royal Musical Association to provide a distinct forum for researchers and practitioners across disciplines and cultures. In line with the mission of the group, the inaugural conference aims to promote and foster research, collaboration and exchange of ideas in two complementary aspects: music in Shakespeare’s time, including various aspects of music in Shakespeare’s works; and music inspired by Shakespeare’s works, whether composed to Shakespearean themes or directly for Shakespeare plays.

The conference will include two keynote addresses: by Professor Ross Duffin (Case Western Reserve University) and by Claire van Kampen (composer and director for the Globe Theatre).

In addition delegates will have the chance of seeing for the first time John Casken’s The Shackled King, a ‘music drama’ derived from Shakespeare’s King Lear, with Sir John Tomlinson CBE in the title role and Rozanna Madylus (mezzo-soprano) as Cordelia, Goneril, Regan and The Fool.

The conference will feature more than 40 papers, provisionally grouped under the following headings:

  • Music in Shakespeare (sessions on Performance, Imagery and song)
  • New Compositions
  • Stage and Screen
  • Performance
  • Musicals
  • Contemporary Opera
  • German Melodrama and Nationalism
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Italian Opera
  • French Music
  • Incidental Music
  • English Song

Online links will be shared with registered delegates prior to the conference. Sessions will be recorded and made available to delegates only for a limited time.

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