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PSN Conference 2 – April 2013

PSN Conference 2 – April 2013

CMPCP’s Performance Studies Network hosted its second International Conference at the University of Cambridge from 4 to 7 April 2013. Approximately 110 delegates from around the world attended the four-day event, which included the presentations of c. 100 speakers in the form of individual papers, research reports and special sessions. The Britten Sinfonia gave a Keynote Session, convened and moderated by CMPCP’s Director, Professor John Rink. In addition, there were featured sessions convened by members of the CMPCP Directorate. The main conference events were held at the Faculty of Music; delegates were accommodated at nearby Robinson College, where other activities also took place, including an enterprising Creative Workshop run by Jeremy Thurlow, Ewan Campbell and Lucy Downer, on the final day of the conference, when Charles Mutter performed Jeremy Thurlow’s Ouija. On 5 April, a conference dinner was held at St John’s College with a surprise performance by The Clerks. Other performances were scattered through the conference programme, given by delegates themselves as well as by invited musicians.


The programme featured 24 parallel sessions on the following topics, in addition to the plenary sessions referred to above:

  • Vocal practices
  • Creativity and politics in orchestras
  • Improvisation and collaboration
  • Creative resistance
  • History and/of performance
  • Performance, production, race
  • Embodiment
  • Belief in performance
  • Practice, rehearsal, experimentation
  • Reading notation, scores, works
  • Modelling touch
  • Analysis and/or performance
  • Auditory streaming
  • Experiencing sound
  • Electronic/electroacoustic music
  • Performers and recordings
  • Instruments and collaborations
  • Creative learning, teaching and assessment
  • Gesture and shape
  • Developing musicians
  • Communication and collaboration
  • Rhythm, metre and musical time
  • The practice of keyboard performance
  • Making music together

The full conference programme can be seen here.

PSN 2013 online resource

Select conference presentations are available by clicking on the following links: