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Benjamin Britten on Stage and Screen

Centenary Conference

Department of Music
The University of Nottingham
5 - 7 July 2013

On 5 July there will be a wine reception, buffet supper and a screening of Instruments of the Orchestra and Love from a Stranger, on 6 July a performance of The Golden Vanity followed by the optional Conference Dinner and on 7 July an informal performance of incidental music from The Ascent of F6.

Rehearsing in Jubilee Hall

 
Conference Programme
 

Events take place in the Djanogly Recital Hall and Rehearsal Hall, which are located in the Department of Music, and other locations on campus.

Friday 5 July 2013

12.30‒1.30pm - Welcome and Registration (Music Department Foyer)

1.30‒3.00pm -  Three Papers 

  • J. P. E. Harper-Scott: Britten and the error of identity politics
  • Justin Vickers: Britten’s tradition of native opera and the founding of the
    English Opera Group
  • Elizabeth Eva Leach: The natural, unnatural, and perverse in Mozart, Shakespeare and Britten

3.00‒3.30pm - Refreshments

3.30‒5.00pm - Three Papers: Film Music

  • Heather Wiebe: 'Paul Bunyan' and the opera problem
  • Paul Higgins: 'Night Mail': the juxtaposition of art and industry in early
    documentary film
  • Nicolas Bell: A new look at 'The Instruments of the Orchestra'

5.15‒6.00pm - Keynote address by Philip Rupprecht: ‘Britten and his audiences’ 

6.00‒7.15pm - Wine reception and light supper (Lakeside)

7.15‒9.30 - Film screening: Instruments of the Orchestra and Love from a Stranger

Saturday 6 July 2013

9.15‒11.00am - Three Papers: The Henry James Operas

  • David Crilly: “… into a darker obscure…”: infatuation and blindness in
    'The Turn of the Screw'
  • Nina Penner: Britten, James, and character-focused narration
  • Claire Seymour: What happens in the locked room?: Henry James’ unanswered question

11.00‒11.30am - Refreshments

11.30‒1.00pm - Two Parallel Sessions

Billy Budd I and the Turn of the Screw

  • Georgia Petroudi: 'Billy Budd': the evolution of characters throughout the journey of the opera’s completion
  • Eirik Lodén: Britten’s operas as drama, narrative, and song
  • Ron Brendel: The tenor’s solo music in 'The Turn of the Screw'

BIlly Budd II 

  • Hannah Rochlitz: "We redid and finished the libretto": the Britten/Forster collaboration on 'Billy Budd' reconsidered
  • Imani Mosley: “I shall mutilate and silence the body where you dwell…”: voice, gender, and sexuality in 'Billy Budd'

1.00‒2.00pm - Light lunch (Music Department)

2.00‒3.45pm - Two Parallel sessions

Peter Grimes 

  • David Ferris: The Gospel According to 'Peter Grimes'
  • Petra Philipsen: The biographical analysis of 'Peter Grimes': useful or dispensable?
  • Christopher Mark: 'Peter Grimes' as melancholic

Paul Bunyan 

  • Suzanne Robinson: Yankee Doodling: ideas of America in 'Paul Bunyan'
  • Vicki P. Stroeher: A Most American Tale, Told by Englishmen
  • Danielle Ward-Griffin: “The wrong piece in the wrong place:” remaking 'Paul Bunyan' for the stage

3.45‒4.15pm - Refreshments

5.15‒6.00pm - Three Papers: Britten and Russia

  • Thornton Miller: 'Peter Grimes' and 'The Prince of the Pagodas' in the Soviet Union
  • Cameron Pyke: Britten’s 'The Prince of the Pagodas' and its Russian sources
  • Lucy Walker: The Britten Thematic Catalogue and Archive Centre at The Red House

6.00‒6.30pm - Performance of The Golden Vanity by Burton Choristers

8.00pm - Optional Conference Dinner (Hemsley Restaurant)

Sunday 7 July 2013

9.00‒11.00am - Four Papers: Death in Venice

  • Sterling Lambert: “Children, boys, sunshine, the sea, Mozart, you and me”: 'Idomeneo' and Britten’s 'Death in Venice'
  • Ted Schmitz: Soliloquy in Britten’s 'Death in Venice'
  • Stephen Arthur Allen: Faust in Venice: tracing the Satanic undercurrents between Mann and Britten
  • Lloyd Whitesell: Notes of unbelonging

11.00‒11.30am - Refreshments

11.30‒12.30pm - Two Papers

  • Eli Marshall and Chiara Formichi: Britten and Pears on the Asian stage
  • Emily Hindrichs: Lecture-Recital: “For better or worse”: 'Les Mamelles de Tirésias' at the Aldeburgh Festival, 1958 and 2012

12.30‒1.00pm - Informal performance of incidental music from The Ascent of F6 with professional ensemble for forthcoming premiere recording 

13.00  - Departure

Registration Fees

Full Registration Fee (non-RMA members) - £70.00
Includes 3 days conference attendance, refreshments, wine reception and buffet supper on Friday, lunch on Saturday plus entry to all screenings and performances.

Full Registration Fee (RMA members) - £55.00
Includes 3 days conference attendance, refreshments, wine reception and buffet supper on Friday, lunch on Saturday plus entry to all screenings and performances.

Day Delegate Fee Saturday 6 July (non-RMA members) - £40.00 
Includes single day attendance, refreshments, lunch and entry to performance.

Day Delegate Fee Saturday 6 July (RMA members) - £35.00
Includes single day attendance, refreshments, lunch and entry to performance.

Optional Conference Dinner - Delegates attending on Saturday will have the option of booking the three-course conference dinner at the Hemsley Restaurant (on the University Park campus) at an additional cost of £38.00 per person including wine.

The closing date for bookings is 28th June 2013.

 

Cancellation Policy

We will refund 90% of booking costs if cancellation is made up to four weeks prior to the conference.  Bookings are non-refundable if cancelled within four weeks of the start date.  

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Department of Music

The University of Nottingham
Lakeside Arts Centre
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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