Septenary Foundation Historical Performance Research Seminars

The inaugural Septenary Foundation Historical Performance Research Seminars will take place 10th-11th September 2020 online. These sessions aim to provide a platform for independent performer-researchers to present their work in return for a modest concert-type fee, and are supported by the Septenary Foundation and Music & Letters. You must register in order to be able to attend these seminars using the link provided below. Each session will last one hour and there will be time to ask questions and engage in discussion with other attendees. The sessions are free to join, but we ask that you consider making a voluntary pay-what-you-like contribution to the Septenary Foundation using the Paypal link provided so that we can work towards offering more of these sessions in the future.

Abstracts can be found here.

Timetable and technical instructions.

Thursday 10th September:

2pm (UK time) - Maximilian Ehrhardt, None but the Brave: The Welsh harpists in Handel’s London

3.15pm - Andrew Kershaw, Brass instruments and the Industrial Revolution, 1810-1900

Friday 11th September:

2pm - Tim Braithwaite, ‘I am Become Such a Singer as you would Wonder to Heare Me:’ Descant pedagogy and practice in two sources from 16th-century Britain.

3.15pm - Oliver Webber, Relishing Corelli: Methods of learning and teaching the art of florid ornamentation.

Registration link:

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You only need to register once and you will be able to attend both days. The sessions will be delivered by ZOOM. You MUST use the email address associated with your ZOOM account when registering via EVENTBRITE as your attendance will be managed by Eventbrite/Zoom integration. When joining the meeting, please ensure that your camera and microphone are switched off. We will take questions using the chat function during the course of each session and address these at the end, and will open the floor for general discussion if numbers and time allows. In case of technical difficulties with registration, please use the contact form on this site to get in touch, or send a Facebook message to Septenary Editions.

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