Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Music

Music Research Seminar: David Patmore

Columbia [30587]

Commerce, Competition, Consequences: The British Record Industry 1923-1931

Lecture Theatre 1, School of Music


The speaker is David Patmore (University of Sheffield)


The British Record Industry during the 1920s was notable for the growth of the Columbia Graphophone Company and the increasingly strong competition that this presented to the market leader of the time, The Gramophone Company. This lecture will describe the background to the growth of this highly competitive environment, the different forms that it took, its consequences in terms of the artists and repertoires presented to the public by both companies, and the commercial and artistic consequences of the subsequent merger of the two companies to form Electric and Musical Industries (EMI).

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