View of the Trent Building across Highfields Lake

RMA 59th Annual Conference



Thursday 14 - Saturday 16 September 2023


10am to 6:15pm (Day 1)
9:30am to 6:15pm (Day 2)
9:30am to 4:30pm (Day 3) 


University of Nottingham, University Park campus


Book your place 


The 59th Annual Conference of the Royal Musical Association will be hosted by the University of Nottingham’s Department of Music between Thursday 14th and Saturday 16th September 2023. The conference seeks to promote all aspects of music research, whether expressed in words, notation or sounds. Scholars with expertise from across the spectrum of music studies are joining us for this event. The programme highlights approaches to the discipline that are historical, creative, practice-based, analytical, theoretical, ethnographic and empirical. These presentations examine a wide range of genres, styles, periods, geographies and media. The Dent Medal Lecture will be given by the recipient for 2022, Professor Mark Burford (Reed College). The Peter le Huray keynote speaker will be Professor Naomi André (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). We anticipate that most of the conference will take place in-person, but there will also be a hybrid element for those unable to travel.


Nottingham is easily accessible via public transport from major UK airports and cities, including London, Birmingham, and Manchester, and nearby East Midlands Airport. So wherever you are arriving from there are lots of ways to get to campus. Further information on travel to Nottingham can be found here.


There are a number of options available on University Park or in Nottingham city centre.

The Orchard Hotel opened its doors in November 2012 boasting top class accommodation on University Park with extensive facilities including a roof garden, brasserie and gym.

Book The Orchard Hotel

Off campus accommodation information can be found on the Visit Nottinghamshire website.


Conference essentials

Conference programme 


Location map (PDF)

Programme Committee


Email the Programme Committee

 Visit the Royal Musical Association website





The University of Nottingham
University Park

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 5151