International One-Day Symposium, Friday 4 July 2014
Recital Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham City University
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Professor Katharine Ellis (University of Bristol)

For the conference programme click here.

This is the first event of the recently founded French Music Research Hub, based at Birmingham Conservatoire, which seeks to promote the highest quality scholarship on, and performance of, a spectrum of French music, ranging from the baroque to the late twentieth century.


The symposium aims to explore the nature of relationships in French musical culture between one historical period and another, the resulting interplay and scope for subsequent reinterpretation. The topic may be approached from varied perspectives: musicological, analytical, compositional and performance-based. In this year of the 40th anniversaries of the deaths of Milhaud (1892-1974) and Jolivet (1905-74), and the 250th anniversary of Rameau’s (1683-1764), proposals for 20-minute papers (plus 10-minute discussion) were invited on the following themes, or other related areas:

  • Later French composers’ celebrations and/or remakings of their predecessors, such as Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin, Milhaud’s Suite d’après Corrette and Jolivet’s complex relationships with French musical, philosophical and primitivist pasts
  • French twentieth-century composers’ editions of, or writings on, earlier music, whether French or otherwise
  • The later reception of French romantic, baroque, renaissance or medieval repertoires
  • Issues for modern editors and/or performers of French music
  • Issues in the contemporary analysis of French music
  • Contemporary composition involving modelling of French music


You are very welcome to attend the symposium without offering a paper, but please email to reserve a place.


Some assistance with travel expenses may be available for students presenting papers.

FRENCH MUSIC RESEARCH HUB / PROGRAMME COMMITTEE (Birmingham Conservatoire) Christopher Dingle, Deborah Mawer (Director), Graham Sadler, Jeffrey Skidmore, Shirley Thompson