Annual Study Weekend 2024

To be held at the Radisson Blue Hotel, Leeds

DRAFT Events programme 5th to 7th April 2024

All activities hosted in Radisson (Brass) unless otherwise stated.

Friday 5th April

13:00 – Hidden Heritage Library Tours: Central Library & The Leeds Private Library. Delivered by staff of Leeds Central Library

14:00-16:00 – Registration, Meet Greet and Coffee (Foyer to function room).

15:00 Radisson check-in

16:15 – Welcome to Leeds

16:30 – Popular Music in Leeds: Histories, Heritage, People and Places. Speakers: Brett Lashua, Paul Thompson and Kitty Ross.

This presentation will discuss the processes of compiling our edited book, Popular Music in Leeds: Histories, Heritage, People and Places (Intellect, 2023). The book delves into the diverse musical histories of Leeds and its long traditions of vibrant venues, nightclubs, dance halls, pubs, and other sites of musical entertainment. The contributors include a mix of academic researchers, musicians, a museum curator, and local historians. Starting from the “Sounds of Our City” exhibition at Leeds Abbey House Museum, the book explores popular music in Leeds to exemplify and inform understandings of broader cultural and urban changes, the social and historical significance of music as mass media; music and migration; music, racialization, and social equity; and industrial decline, deindustrialization, neoliberalism, and the rise of the twenty-four-hour city. Charting moments of stark musical politicization and de-politicization, while also tracing arguments about heritagizing popular music within discussions about music’s place in museums (and libraries), the book contributes to debates about why music matters, has mattered, and continues to matter in Leeds and beyond.

17:30-18:30 Dinner

18:45 TBC

19:45 – Speed date our Archive and Special Collections

20:00 Drinks at the bar

Saturday 6th April

At Leeds Art Gallery – Henry Moore Suite in partnership with Leeds Music and Performing Art Library.

07:30-08:50 Breakfast at Radisson

09:00-09:30 – News and updates

09:30-10:15 – Manchester’s gain, Manchester’s loss: Ferruccio Busoni and Adolph Brodsky Speaker. Speaker: Geoff Thomason

Ferruccio Busoni first encountered the Russian violinist Adolph Brodsky during the latter’s tenure as Professor at the Leipzig Conservatoire (1883-1891). Busoni played alongside Brodsky in a number of Leipzig Gewandhaus concerts and partnered him in the première of his own first Violin sonata in 1891. After Brodsky’s move to Manchester in 1895, Busoni was among the group of musicians from his Leipzig period with whom he remained in contact. As Principal of the Royal Manchester College of Music and as a chamber musician Brodsky not only sought to promote Busoni’s music in Manchester but was also keen to invite the composer himself and ensure that the city was included on his UK tours. The Brodsky-Busoni correspondence, now held chiefly at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Staatsbibliothek Preussischer Kulturbesitz, suggest that beneath the friendship between the two musicians was a deeper concern on Brodsky’s part to maintain links with a mainland European tradition from which he was now physically estranged. They also revel the attempts that Brodsky made to persuade Busoni to take up the position of Professor of Piano at the Royal Manchester College – attempts that ultimately remained unrealised.

10:15-10:40 – Round table – National set Lending

10:40-11:00 Coffee/Tea Break

11:00-12:00 – EDI initiatives to developing diversity within the collections of the RCM Library – a case study. Speaker: Peter Linnitt

This presentation will focus on our work at the RCM Library to increase the diversity of the material we have on offer in the library and the ways we promote this within the library and across the college.  To date we have reviewed the holdings of over 200 composers and have added all published songs, solo instrumental and chamber works by over 150 of them. From a starting point of building gender equality within the collections, we have developed processes to improve the racial and geographic diversity of the works in our library.

12:00-12:30 – AGM updates

12:30-13:00 – Diversity in resources Edinburgh

13:00-14:00 Buffet hosted in Leeds Art Gallery – Henry Moore Room

14:15-16:45 Tours of: Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery at the University of Leeds, Leeds Central Library, Leeds Conservatoire Library, Leeds Cathedral at:

  • 14:15-14:45
  • 15:15-15:45
  • 16:15-16:45

17:30-18:45 – ‘Gender equality and the music industry: the case of the Leeds International Piano Competition’ – Followed by open discussion / Recital

In collaboration with the renowned Leeds International Piano Competition, the event will explore gender and representation in music over time, drawing on archival collections as well as personal and professional experiences. We will bring together researchers, practitioners, industry experts and audiences to examine why gender imbalance persists in music – and what policies, practices and attitudes it could take to forge lasting change. Led by Professor Barbara Kelly, an established expert in French music of the late nineteenth to early twentieth centuries: with a special interest in marginalised and forgotten musical women who were central to the production and performance of cutting-edge music of their times.

18:45-19.00 – Drinks reception – sponsored by PTFS Europe

19:00-20:45 Dinner (formal)

Sunday 7th April

Radisson (Brass)

07:30-08:50 Breakfast

09:00-09:30 – News and updates

09:30 – Hot topics: Cataloguing Ethics and Censorship

10:10 – Archives by Women Musicians: a Hidden Collections cataloguing project at the British Library. Speakers: Loukia Drosopoulou and Frankie Perry

‘Archives by Women Musicians’ is an 18-month cataloguing project at the British Library running from April 2023 to September 2024. It is part of a larger project at the British Library, the Hidden Collections initiative, which aims to unlock collections of uncatalogued or otherwise ‘hidden’ collections, especially by under-represented groups.

The project concentrates on the archives of pianist Harriet Cohen (1895-1967), contralto Astra Desmond (1893-1973), and composer Elisabeth Poston (1905-1987), but has also managed to catalogue a number of smaller collections by women musicians, such as that of the composer Phyllis Tate (1911-1987), and others. This paper will provide a brief background to the project, address cataloguing decisions, and present findings that have so far been made. It will also touch upon other activities Music Collections are currently undertaking to promote women in music.

10:45-11:15 Coffee Break

11:15-11:45 – Finding your Feet as a Music Librarian Speaker: Sarah Lewis

Feeling all at sea as a new music librarian? You are not alone! ‘Finding your feet as a music librarian’ will shine a light on the observations and challenges faced in the first year of music librarianship in a small post-90’s teaching-oriented university, where Music and Musical Theatre are relatively new programmes. The talk will touch on the difficulties of acquiring music material including digital sheet music through Nkoda, creating a learner-centred Libguide for Music dissertation students (innovating or reinventing the wheel?) and a proposal for a dedicated music collection within the University Library with limited space and finances.

11:45-12:45 – TBC

12:45-13:00 – Summing up and closing remarks

13:00-14:00 Fork Buffet

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