A welcome to the symposium from Paul Archbold, Richard Langham Smith and Helen Abbott.
Paul Archbold is a composer of works featuring acoustic instruments and live electronics. His compositions have been performed by several of the leading exponents of contemporary music in the United Kingdom including the Kreutzer String Quartet, Gemini and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and have been broadcast in Australia, Finland, Norway, Lithuania, Mexico, Germany and Great Britain. He has held lectureships at the universities of Huddersfield and Durham and was Chairman and Artistic Advisor of the Musicon concert series in Durham.
Lecturer in French at the University of Sheffield (UK) Helen Abbott specialises in nineteenth-century French poetry and music, with particular emphasis on voice and performance. Her first monograph, Between Baudelaire and Mallarmé: Voice, Conversation and Music was published with Ashgate in 2009. Her forthcoming book entitled Parisian Intersections: Baudelaire’s Legacy to Composers examines five different nineteenth-century song settings of Baudelaire’s ‘La Mort des amants’ by both well-known and minor composers of the era. She regularly collaborates with the Oxford Lieder Festival and is an associate researcher of the SongArt research group. Prior to taking up her post at the University of Sheffield in 2012, she was Head of French at Bangor University, north Wales.
Professor Richard Langham Smith is a musicologist who has written on Debussy and contemporary French music in general. He read music at the University of York, he then pursued further study on the harpsichord and Baroque performance practice at the Amsterdam Conservatory. He has taught at the University of Lancaster, City University, the University of Exeter, and the Open University. Currently, he is Head of the Graduate School at the Royal College of Music, London. He was the Visiting Gresham Professor of Music in 2003.