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Women in Music Research Group

Overview

The Women in Music Research Group at Liverpool Hope University is made up of international scholars and students alike. The group seeks to critically engage with and promote the role of women in music throughout the world. The group is open to anyone who wishes to explore the topic of gender equality in music. 

Aims and Objectives

The Women in Music Research Group aims to provide an open forum in which participants can discuss women’s experiences and working lives as musicians throughout history to the modern day, in any genre of music. The group explores topics including, but not limited to:

-          Women in composition/songwriting

-          Women in performance

-          Women’s music education/women in music education

-          The impact of feminist politics/the Women’s Liberation Movement on women in music

-          Women and music technology

-          Women and conducting/women’s orchestras and bands

-          The representation of women in music

-          Women in popular music

-          Comparative views of women and men in music

-          Comparative issues for trans and cis women in music/as musicians

Events

Research Seminar: Dr Francesca Placanica, ‘Twentieth- and Twentieth-first Century Musical Monodrama as an Arena for the Performer's Subjectivity: The Ca​se of Luciano Berio's and Cathy Berberian's Recital I (for Cathy)’, Wednesday 26 November 2014

On Wednesday 26 November 2014, Dr Francesca Placanica presented the Women in Music Research Group’s inaugural research seminar: ‘Twentieth- and Twentieth-first Century Musical Monodrama as an Arena for the Performer's Subjectivity: The Case of Luciano Berio's and Cathy Berberian's Recital I (for Cathy)’. Dr Placanica’s paper explored her newly devised arrangement and performance of Recital I (for Cathy) as an arena for the performer's subjective creativity, which closely follows the path indicated by Cathy Berberian, the dedicatee and first performer of the work.

 

Student Workshop: Prof Michael Talbot, ‘Women Musicians of Venice in the Eighteenth Century’, Monday 19 January 2015

On Monday 19 January 2015, Liverpool Hope Visiting Professor, Michael Talbot, led a student workshop on the women musicians of eighteenth-century Venice.

  

Women in Music since 1913 Symposium

The Women in Music since 1913 Symposium – the Women in Music Research Group’s inaugural symposium – took place at Liverpool Hope University’s Creative Campus on Saturday 21 March 2015.

During the conference, a range of international academics and postgraduate students presented papers looking at women in music since the landmark year of 1913, in which Lili Boulanger was the first women to win the prestigious Prix de Rome competition.  Speakers explored a broad range of topics from a critical analysis of how women work as musicians in contemporary society to Meredith Monk and her time as a performance artist in New York during the 1960s and 1970s. Associate Professor Laura Hamer and, Liverpool Hope Senior Lecturer in Popular Music Studies, Dr Mike Brocken presented a joint paper on Mary Hamer, a Liverpool-based Dance-Band leader working in the interwar period, giving the day some local colour. Delegates were treated to a fascinating Keynote Lecture from electroacoustic composer Dr Manuella Blackburn, who introduced how she works with sound and the influence which technology has on her music.

Following up on the themes of women as composers and women as performers, soprano Ruth Hopkins and pianist Duncan Appleby presented a programme of works by women composed or published after 1913. The lunchtime recital included a wide variety of pieces, including Elizabeth Maconchy’s hauntingly beautiful Ophelia’s Song and a dynamic performance of Cathy Berberian’s revolutionary graphic score, Stripsody written in 1966.

Research Seminar: Prof Pam Burnard (University of Cambridge): ‘The Practice Imperative of Diverse Creativities:  Remixing the Next Generation of Women in Music’,

Wednesday 21 October 2015

On Wednesday 21 October 2015, Dr Pam Burnard presented a Women in Music Research Seminar. Prof Burnard’s paper considered women’s musical creativities in practice.

Research Seminar: Dr Laura Hamer (Liverpool Hope University): ‘Catharsis, Commentary, Protest: Elsa Barraine’s Deuxième Symphonie (1938)’, Wednesday 18 November 2015

On Wednesday 18 November 2015, Dr Laura Hamer presented a Women in Music Research Seminar paper which explored Elsa Barraine’s Deuxième Symphonie as a creative response to the political climate of 1938. 

Contact

If you would like to be added to Women in Music mailing list to receive further information on any upcoming activity and events, please email womeninmusic@hope.ac.uk.

Overview

The Women in Music Research Group at Liverpool Hope University is made up of international scholars and students alike. The group seeks to critically engage with and promote the role of women in music throughout the world. The group is open to anyone who wishes to explore the topic of gender equality in music. 

Aims and Objectives

The Women in Music Research Group aims to provide an open forum in which participants can discuss women’s experiences and working lives as musicians throughout history to the modern day, in any genre of music. The group explores topics including, but not limited to:

-          Women in composition/songwriting

-          Women in performance

-          Women’s music education/women in music education

-          The impact of feminist politics/the Women’s Liberation Movement on women in music

-          Women and music technology

-          Women and conducting/women’s orchestras and bands

-          The representation of women in music

-          Women in popular music

-          Comparative views of women and men in music

-          Comparative issues for trans and cis women in music/as musicians

Events

Research Seminar: Dr Francesca Placanica, ‘Twentieth- and Twentieth-first Century Musical Monodrama as an Arena for the Performer's Subjectivity: The Ca​se of Luciano Berio's and Cathy Berberian's Recital I (for Cathy)’, Wednesday 26 November 2014

On Wednesday 26 November 2014, Dr Francesca Placanica presented the Women in Music Research Group’s inaugural research seminar: ‘Twentieth- and Twentieth-first Century Musical Monodrama as an Arena for the Performer's Subjectivity: The Case of Luciano Berio's and Cathy Berberian's Recital I (for Cathy)’. Dr Placanica’s paper explored her newly devised arrangement and performance of Recital I (for Cathy) as an arena for the performer's subjective creativity, which closely follows the path indicated by Cathy Berberian, the dedicatee and first performer of the work.

 

Student Workshop: Prof Michael Talbot, ‘Women Musicians of Venice in the Eighteenth Century’, Monday 19 January 2015

On Monday 19 January 2015, Liverpool Hope Visiting Professor, Michael Talbot, led a student workshop on the women musicians of eighteenth-century Venice.

  

Women in Music since 1913 Symposium

The Women in Music since 1913 Symposium – the Women in Music Research Group’s inaugural symposium – took place at Liverpool Hope University’s Creative Campus on Saturday 21 March 2015.

During the conference, a range of international academics and postgraduate students presented papers looking at women in music since the landmark year of 1913, in which Lili Boulanger was the first women to win the prestigious Prix de Rome competition.  Speakers explored a broad range of topics from a critical analysis of how women work as musicians in contemporary society to Meredith Monk and her time as a performance artist in New York during the 1960s and 1970s. Associate Professor Laura Hamer and, Liverpool Hope Senior Lecturer in Popular Music Studies, Dr Mike Brocken presented a joint paper on Mary Hamer, a Liverpool-based Dance-Band leader working in the interwar period, giving the day some local colour. Delegates were treated to a fascinating Keynote Lecture from electroacoustic composer Dr Manuella Blackburn, who introduced how she works with sound and the influence which technology has on her music.

Following up on the themes of women as composers and women as performers, soprano Ruth Hopkins and pianist Duncan Appleby presented a programme of works by women composed or published after 1913. The lunchtime recital included a wide variety of pieces, including Elizabeth Maconchy’s hauntingly beautiful Ophelia’s Song and a dynamic performance of Cathy Berberian’s revolutionary graphic score, Stripsody written in 1966.

Research Seminar: Prof Pam Burnard (University of Cambridge): ‘The Practice Imperative of Diverse Creativities:  Remixing the Next Generation of Women in Music’,

Wednesday 21 October 2015

On Wednesday 21 October 2015, Dr Pam Burnard presented a Women in Music Research Seminar. Prof Burnard’s paper considered women’s musical creativities in practice.

Research Seminar: Dr Laura Hamer (Liverpool Hope University): ‘Catharsis, Commentary, Protest: Elsa Barraine’s Deuxième Symphonie (1938)’, Wednesday 18 November 2015

On Wednesday 18 November 2015, Dr Laura Hamer presented a Women in Music Research Seminar paper which explored Elsa Barraine’s Deuxième Symphonie as a creative response to the political climate of 1938. 

Contact

If you would like to be added to Women in Music mailing list to receive further information on any upcoming activity and events, please email womeninmusic@hope.ac.uk.