In Search of the Music of Language: study day

In Search of the Music of Language: study day
26 September 2018, 10.00am - 5.30pm
Conference / Symposium

On European Day of Languages, an interdisciplinary study day examining the relationships between music and language. 


Morning: from 10:00am - Composers in interview: the music of language
Dr Paul Archbold presents excerpts from filmed conversations with Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Brian Ferneyhough, Beat Furer and Hilda Paredes. The session will conclude with a filmed interview between Sir George Benjamin and Paul Archbold discussing Benjamin’s three operas.

Afternoon: 2:00-5.00pm - Conference: in search of the music of language
Klara Kofen (opera director and librettist): "‘i’-The Opera: Collaborating with non-human forms of artificial intelligence"

Nina Rolland (Baudelaire Song Project, University of Birmingham): "Breaking Baudelaire to (musical) pieces"

Marta Mateo (Universidad de Oviedo, Spain): "The sound of multilingualism in opera translation: the case of Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex"

Fiona Sampson MBE FRSL (University of Roehampton) and Philip Grange (University of Manchester): "Let's make a multilingual opera"

Evening: 6:45pm - Sing-a-Lang!
A concert by the New London Children's Choir and the N10 Choir, with a programme of music in many languages including works by Couperin, Vivaldi, Bach, Schubert, Rossini, Reger, Bartók, Sokolov, and Turnage.

Click here for the full study day programme.
Click here for the full concert programme.

The following rates include attendance at the evening concert.




This event is organised by the Institute of Modern Languages Research and the Open World Research Initiative (OWRI) Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community translingual strand. You can find out more about the OWRI project by visiting our website or following us on Twitter.


Jon Millington
020 7862 8726