Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Music

RMA and LUCEM Study Day: Amateur Music-Making In The British Provinces

Location: School of Music, University of Leeds

This one-day conference, focusing on amateur musicians of the Western Art Music tradition to 1900, aims to explore the role music played in British provincial culture.  Due to the extremely high quantity and breadth of interesting proposals received the Leeds University Centre for English Music is considering presenting a larger sequel conference in spring 2015 – so do watch this space for further information!

Programme, Abstracts, Recital and Acknowledgements

Keynote speakers:
Peter Holman (University of Leeds) and John Bryan (University of Huddersfield)

Including a performance by Susanna Pell (viola da gamba) exploring the music collection and compositions of Philip Falle (1656-1742), amateur musician and prebendary of Durham Cathedral.


Registration is free to members of the RMA and the University of Leeds, and £10 for non-members (payable in cash on the door).  To register, please email f.e.smith@leeds.ac.uk by Friday 30 May 2014 with the following information:

  • Name
  • Institution
  • Whether or not you are a member of the RMA

Tea and coffee will be provided free of charge.

Lunch may be booked at a cost of £5.40 – click here to register for lunch / make payment.


9.00-9.45          Registration

9.45                  Welcome

10.00-12.00      Session 1

  • James Burke – John Sadler’s partbooks and ‘sacred songs in the chamber’
  • Andrew Woolley – London musicians and the provinces in the late seventeenth century: the case of Francis Forcer
  • Trevor Herbert – The military and provincial music in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries
  • Rachel Johnson – Networks of musical provision in the institutions of early-Victorian Manchester

12.00-12.15      Tea & Coffee Break

12.15-13.00      Keynote Address 1

  • John Bryan – A peripatetic music tutor in Tudor England: Thomas Whythorne and the art of teaching ‘yong beginners’

13.00-13.45      Lunch

13.45-15.15      Session 2

  • Elizabeth Ford – ‘I am learning to play upon a German flute…’: amateur flute players in eighteenth-century Scotland
  • Tríona O’Hanlon – ‘No public mercenary performer, professor or teacher of music, shall be admitted into any rank in the Academy on any account whatsoever’: amateur music-making in eighteenth-century Dublin
  • Rachelle Barlow – Forging the land of song? Industry, identity and memorialisation in the South Wales Choral Union, 1872-1873

15.15-15.30      Tea & Coffee Break

15.30-16.30      Session 3

  • Leena Rana – The man of the house at music: identity construction in the provinces, c.1790-1840
  • Penelope Cave and Katrina Faulds – Primo or Secondo? The role of the piano duet in the English country house

16.30-17.15      Keynote Address 2

  • Peter Holman – Long movements and Lancashire witches: a century of Handel in the provinces

17.15-17.30      Tea & Coffee Break

17.30-18.30      Recital: Susanna Pell (viola da gamba)

Abstracts for all of the above presentations (including keynotes) are available here, alphabetised by author’s surname.  Hard copies will be distributed to registered delegates on the day.

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