Defining Language in a Musical Context: Talk with Bridget Carey

Defining Language in a Musical Context: Talk with Bridget Carey
15 September 2020, 7.00pm - 8.30pm

How do we define language within the context of music? And how does this intersect with the daily practice of a creative musician? 

In this talk illustrated with musical examples, Bridget Carey explores the importance of language to composers such as Bach and Ligeti, and the continuing relevance of Bach’s string writing to composers of later centuries. Other digressions will include Stockhausen’s translation of the phonetic alphabet into a source of musical material – and perhaps a mention of the influence of the video call on the development of musical language! 

Join us for a wide-ranging evening of music and discussion as Bridget explores the many connections, interchanges and meeting points between music and language. 

Bridget Carey studied jointly at the Royal Academy of Music and London University, graduating in 1987 with a Masters degree in Performance. Since that time she has pursued a varied freelance career based in London, and has developed a particular reputation in the field of new music. For 15 years she premiered new chamber opera for the Almeida, whilst working in dance scores with Siobhan Davies and Rambert companies, classical contemporary with Opus 20 and Music Projects/London and new complexity with Ensemble Expose. From 1995-2005 she was viola player with the Kreutzer string quartet. More recently, her chamber music interests include the Goldfield ensemble, east-west fusion group Okeanos and the RPS award-winning experimental music group Apartment House, with whom she continues to add to her chamber music discography. She has been a member of Britten Sinfonia from its inception, and is a regular guest with London Sinfonietta and BCMG, among others. Beyond her performing career she regularly works with composers of all ages and genres, and also extensively with young musicians.

This free event will be livestreamed on Tuesday 15th September at 7pm BST. Booking is not necessary, but by doing so you will be sent a reminder containing the livestream link.

Organised by the Institute of Modern Languages Research. It is part of the Open World Research Initiative (OWRI) Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community, Translingual Strand.


Elizabeth Dearnley