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22 December 2011
CMPCP awards its first Visiting Fellowships
CMPCP’s first Visiting Fellows will be Professor Jacqueline Ross (Guildhall School of Music & Drama) and Dr Kathryn Whitney (Victoria Conservatory of Music). Professor Ross will be attached to the Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge, where her research over two months will be centred on late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century violin techniques and performance practice, which will be applied to the preparation of a new performing edition for violin of Schubert’s ‘Trockne Blumen’ Variations. Dr Whitney will be based for two months in the Department of Music at King’s College London, where she will work closely with the ‘Shaping music in performance’ team on ‘liveness’, shape and ontology in the context of art song performance. CMPCP welcomes these Visiting Fellows and looks forward to making further appointments in the fellowship programme.

13 December 2011
CMPCP research student wins SEMPRE award
Mats Küssner, who is studying for his PhD at King’s College London in association with CMPCP’s ‘Shaping Music in Performance’ project, received SEMPRE’s Aubrey Hickman Award for 2012, worth £500, for his proposal entitled ‘How musicians and non-musicians shape sound visually: introducing a visualisation paradigm’. Supported by a SEMPRE conference award Mats will present his paper at the forthcoming Reflective Conservatoire Conference, ‘Performing at the heart of knowledge’, which will take place at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London from 17 to 20 March 2012. CMPCP congratulates Mats on this achievement.

2 November 2011
Performance and Analysis internet2 event held at four institutions
John Rink and Eric Clarke were involved in a performance and analysis study day focused on the music of Chopin. Based at the Eastman School of Music, the event was streamed live via internet2 to Boston University, the Royal College of Music and the University of Hull. John Rink’s keynote paper was entitled ‘Perspectives on analysis and performance’; this was followed by a series of short presentations by Eric Clarke, David Kopp, Christopher Wilson, Elaine King and Jonathan Dunsby, who convened the event and acted as moderator. In the afternoon, John Rink took part in a ‘global masterclass’ with pianists performing at Eastman, Boston University and the RCM; Andrew Ball and Vanessa Latarche also taught students in this part of the study day. This event took place shortly after the conference on La recherche – création en musique. Objets, savoirs, discipline at the Université de Montréal on 29 and 30 October, where papers were given by John Rink and Nicholas Cook.

1 November 2011
PSN 2011 online resource released
Select presentations from the first Performance Studies Network International Conference are now available for viewing or downloading. To access them click on the following links:  Thursday 14 July 2011;Friday 15 July 2011; Saturday 16 July 2011.

15 October 2011
Visiting Fellowship programme launched
CMPCP is offering Visiting Fellowships on a competitive basis to musicologists, musicians and those working in cognate fields from the UK and overseas who wish to spend up to three months undertaking collaborative research at any one of the Centre’s partner institutions. Further details can be found here.

4 October 2011
CMPCP PhD students begin studies in Cambridge
CMPCP’s two AHRC-funded doctoral students have commenced their research at the Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge. Michael Byrne will study supernumerary performers at the Royal Opera House between 1968 and 1999, and Myles Eastwood is focusing on distributed creativity in classical and popular records in 1960s Britain. Further details are available here.

3 October 2011
Second CMPCP/IMR research seminar series announced
The second series of CMPCP/IMR Performance/Research Seminars will begin on 21 November 2011, with nine papers planned at present.  For abstracts and speaker biographies click here.

15 August 2011
Second PSN International Conference to take place from 4 to 7 April 2013
CMPCP’s second Performance Studies Network International Conference will be held at the University of Cambridge from Thursday 4 April to Sunday 7 April 2013. The main conference events will take place at the Faculty of Music, 11 West Road; delegates will be accommodated at nearby Robinson College, where other events will also be held. Further information will follow in 2012.

18 July 2011
‘Total Performance’ at CMPCP’s international conference
CMPCP’s ‘Total Performance Event’ on Saturday 16 July marked the climax of the Performance Studies Network’s first international conference, which was dedicated to examining the work of performers and their creative role in making music. For further details see here. The conference programme is available here.

30 June 2011
Improvisation in the Round
John Rink led an evening of improvisation and discussion with Paula Chateauneuf (lute), Stevie Wishart (hurdy-gurdy and violin), and ‘Faint’ (Franziska Schroeder – saxophone; Pedro Rebelo – piano; Steve Davis – drums). Part of the Mellon-funded ‘Future University’ conference at the University of Cambridge, this event was presented in association with CMPCP. Excerpts can be seen here.

26 May 2011
Alfred Brendel joins CMPCP as an Affiliated Artist
The world-renowned pianist Alfred Brendel has become an Affiliated Artist of the AHRC Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice.

Professor Brendel recently completed a week-long residency at the University as the inaugural Humanitas Visiting Professor in Chamber Music. During the residency he gave a series of illustrated public lectures and participated in an open rehearsal with the Szymanowski Quartet, whose concluding performance at West Road Concert Hall was broadcast live by BBC Radio 3.

Professor John Rink, CMPCP Director, comments: ‘Professor Brendel’s unique artistry was on display throughout his lectures on musical character and interpretation and in his work with the Szymanowski Quartet. It was inspiring to hear him talk and play and to observe at close hand the deep understanding of music for which he is so widely admired’.

23 March 2011
Yundi in Cambridge: Chopin Masterclass and Musical Dialogue
In March the internationally acclaimed pianist Yundi, who won first prize at the Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw, gave a masterclass as part of the Faculty of Music’s ‘Practising Performance’ Series in association with the AHRC Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice (CMPCP). During the masterclass Yundi worked with three pianists: Ben Atkinson (Chopin: Ballade in A-flat major, op. 47), Kausikan Rajeshkumar (Chopin: Impromptu in F-sharp major, op. 36 and Impromptu in G-flat major, op. 51), and Alexander Soares (Chopin: Polonaise-Fantasy in A-flat major, op. 61). The ‘Musical Dialogue’ with John Rink at the end of the afternoon explored Yundi’s insights into the art of performing Chopin. Poster and description.

11 March 2011
New CMPCP/IMR seminar series launched
CMPCP has launched a series of Performance/Research Seminars in collaboration with the Institute of Musical Research. Featuring speakers who specialise in performance, the study of performance, or both, the new series is intended to present some of the most advanced work taking place in the field of musical performance studies. The sessions have been designed to appeal to a wide audience ranging from university music departments and conservatoires to the worlds of professional and amateur performance.

28 January 2011
Student bursaries
Thanks to the generous support of the Music & Letters Trust, CMPCP is delighted to offer 12 bursaries of £125 each to research students currently registered for a doctoral degree, in order to assist with the expenses incurred in attending the Performance Studies Network International Conference in July 2011. These bursaries will be awarded on the basis of both financial need and academic merit, and will take the form of a rebate on conference fees paid. CMPCP and the Performance Studies Network gratefully acknowledge the support that the Music & Letters Trust has provided.

14 January 2011
Performance Studies Network International Conference Programme
The programme for the Performance Studies Network International Conference has been released and can be seen here. Over 90 speakers will present their work during the four-day conference, in addition to which there will be a ‘Total Performance Event’, a concert by the Endellion Quartet, and live performances during many of the conference sessions. Further information about the conference can be found here.

10 January 2011
Special CHARM issue of Musicae Scientiae
The second special CHARM issue of Musicae Scientiae, entitled ‘Towards a Musicology of Recordings’, has been published (Vol. 14, No. 2). It includes the following articles:

  • Nicholas Cook: The ghost in the machine: towards a musicology of recordings
  • Neta Spiro, Nicolas Gold and John Rink: The form of performance: analysing pattern distribution in select recordings of Chopin’s Mazurka Op. 24 No. 2
  • Daniel Leech-Wilkinson: Performance style in Elena Gerhardt’s Schubert song recordings
  • Georgia Volioti: Playing with tradition: weighing up similarity and the buoyancy of the game
  • David Patmore: The Columbia Graphophone Company, 1923-1931: commercial competition, cultural plurality and beyond
  • Nick Morgan: ‘A new pleasure’: listening to National Gramophonic Society records, 1924-1931