In 1597 the first appointment to the Music Professorship at Gresham College was made at the recommendation of Queen Elizabeth I, and Gresham Professors of Music have been delivering free public lectures ever since. In recent years the Professorship has seen lectures on film music, sound art and medieval plainsong as well as on the more conventional classical canon.

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Professor Christopher Page

Christopher Page is Professor of Medieval Music and Literature, a Fellow of the British Academy and a Fellow at Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge. He is an internationally renowned performer and writer, as well as being an experienced presenter through BBC Radio. He holds the Dent Medal of the Royal Musical Association awarded for outstanding services to musicology.

In 1981 he founded the professional vocal ensemble Gothic Voices now with twenty-five CDs in the catalogue, three of which won the coveted Gramophone Early Music Record of the Year award. The ensemble has performed in Britain, France, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Sicily, Sweden, America, Israel, Poland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria and Finland. London dates included twice-yearly sell-out concerts at London’s Wigmore Hall. The ensemble gave its first Promenade Concert in 1989. The group’s work has been chronicled most recently in Daniel Leech-Wilkinson, The Modern Invention of Medieval Music (CUP, 2007) and Richard Taruskin, Text and Act (OUP, 2006).

Professor Page’s major 350,000 word study, The Christian West and its Singers: The First Thousand Years, was published by Yale University Press in 2010. Prior to this his six other books include Songs and Instruments of the Middle Ages, Discarding Images: Reflections on Musical Life in Medieval France and The Summa Musicae: A Thirteenth-century Manual for Singers. He has edited three books of music, including Abbess Hildegard of Bingen: Sequences and Hymns.

Between 1989 and 1997, Professor Page was presenter of BBC Radio 3’s Early Music Programme, Spirit of the Age, and a presenter of the Radio 4 arts’ magazine Kaleidoscope.

Professor Page has been chairman of the National Early Music Association and of the Plainsong and Medieval Music Society (founded 1889) of whose new journal, now published by Cambridge University Press, he was a founding editor. He serves on the editorial boards of the journals Early Music (OUP) and Plainsong and Medieval Music (CUP). He was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 2008.

In 2012, Professor Page was a founder member of the Consortium for Guitar Research at Sidney Sussex College, an affiliate of the Royal Musical Association.

Professor Page is currently completing a monograph on the Tudor guitar, representing the more academic side of his interest in playing guitars of the sixteenth-nineteenth centuries in a historically informed manner.

Professor Page has been appointed Gresham Professor of Music from September 2014. In this role he hopes to achieve “the ambition of all Gresham Professors; showing that a little-studied aspect of the field can have much more breadth of interest, and interdisciplinary appeal, than one might initially suppose.”

His first year as Gresham Professor of Music was a series of six lectures on Men, Women and Guitars in Romantic England:

The guitar is arguably the most widely cultivated instrument in the world. At a time when fifty or more pianos are broken up for scrap in Britain every week – sad relics of Victorian parlour entertainment – sales of guitars have never been higher. Nonetheless, it has been almost universally forgotten that there was an intense guitar craze in England between about 1800 and 1835, spanning the lifetimes of Keats, Byron, Shelley and Coleridge, and a craze whose history has never been traced. Histories of English music and society in the nineteenth century continue to be written as if it never happened, and yet the instrument was cultivated from the royal family in the person of Princess Charlotte (d. 1817) down to the poorest laundress. This is much more than the story of an instrument and its music : the rise of romanticism, the creation of an urban poor hungry for self improvement, the proliferation of newspapers, serialised fiction and printed sheet music, the social position of women and other aspects of English society and culture in the wake of the Napoleonic Wars all have a place within it.

Professor Page continues his series of Music lectures in 2015/16 lecture series entitled Music, Imagination and Experience in the Medieval World

All of Professor Page's past Gresham lectures can be accessed here.

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All Professor of Music Lectures
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Singers in the Making of Europe

Professor Christopher Page
Thursday, 4 May 2017 - 1:00PM
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The Christian Singer: Charlemagne and Beyond

Professor Christopher Page
Thursday, 16 February 2017 - 1:00PM
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Roman Singing and its Influence Across Europe

Professor Christopher Page
Thursday, 19 January 2017 - 1:00PM
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Schooling Singers in the Cathedrals

Professor Christopher Page
Thursday, 8 December 2016 - 1:00PM
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Towards a Ministry of Singing

Professor Christopher Page
Thursday, 3 November 2016 - 1:00PM
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The Music of the First Christians

Professor Christopher Page
Thursday, 6 October 2016 - 1:00PM
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Medieval Music: The Lands of the Bell Tower

Professor Christopher Page
Thursday, 5 May 2016 - 1:00PM
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Medieval Music: The Mystery of Women

Professor Christopher Page
Thursday, 18 February 2016 - 1:00PM
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Medieval Music: To Chant in a Vale of Tears

Professor Christopher Page
Thursday, 7 January 2016 - 1:00PM
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Medieval Music: To Sing and Dance

Professor Christopher Page
Thursday, 10 December 2015 - 1:00PM
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Medieval Music: Chant as Cure and Miracle

Professor Christopher Page
Thursday, 12 November 2015 - 1:00PM
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Medieval Music: The Stations of the Breath

Professor Christopher Page
Thursday, 8 October 2015 - 1:00PM
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The Guitar and 'the Fair Sex'

Professor Christopher Page
Thursday, 23 April 2015 - 1:00PM
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Harmony in the Lowest Home: The Guitar and the Labouring Poor

Professor Christopher Page
Thursday, 19 February 2015 - 1:00PM
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The Guitar and the Romantic Vision of the Medieval World

Professor Christopher Page
Thursday, 8 January 2015 - 1:00PM
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The Guitar, the Steamship and the Picnic: England on the Move

Professor Christopher Page
Thursday, 11 December 2014 - 1:00PM
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Being a Guitarist in the Time of Byron and Shelley

Professor Christopher Page
Thursday, 20 November 2014 - 1:00PM
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The 'Romantic' Guitar

Professor Christopher Page
Thursday, 9 October 2014 - 1:00PM
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Music in Context: In Abstract - Schubert

Musicians from the Royal Academy of Music
Thursday, 24 April 2014 - 1:00PM
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Music in Context: For Self-promotion - Mozart

Professor Christopher Hogwood CBE
Thursday, 20 February 2014 - 1:00PM
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Music in Context: In Advertising - Ravel and Saint-Saëns

Dr Stephen Rose
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 - 1:00PM
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Music in Context: In the Teaching Studio

Dr Stephen Rose
Thursday, 12 December 2013 - 1:00PM
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At an Amateur Domestic Evening: Haydn Symphony no. 104 ‘London’, arr. Salomon

Professor Christopher Hogwood CBE
Thursday, 14 November 2013 - 1:00PM
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In Prison Camp: Messiaen 'Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps'

Professor Christopher Hogwood CBE
Friday, 11 October 2013 - 1:00PM
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Rome: Corelli and Geminiani

Professor Christopher Hogwood CBE
Thursday, 2 May 2013 - 1:00PM
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London: Music under the shadow of Handel

Professor Christopher Hogwood CBE
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 - 1:00PM
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Paris: Debussy and Ravel

Professor Christopher Hogwood CBE
Thursday, 7 March 2013 - 1:00PM
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Vienna and Schubert: ‘Death and the Maiden’ String Quartet

Professor Christopher Hogwood CBE
Monday, 14 January 2013 - 1:00PM
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Vienna and Schubert: The ‘Trout’ Quintet

Professor Christopher Hogwood CBE
Thursday, 6 December 2012 - 1:00PM
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Vienna and Schubert: Fantasy in F Minor, D. 940

Professor Christopher Hogwood CBE
Thursday, 4 October 2012 - 1:00PM
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The Challenge of the Solo

Professor Christopher Hogwood CBE
Tuesday, 15 May 2012 - 1:00PM
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The Opening Salvo

Professor Christopher Hogwood CBE
Tuesday, 20 March 2012 - 1:00PM
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Is it possible?

Professor Christopher Hogwood CBE
Tuesday, 14 February 2012 - 1:00PM
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Remember Me

Professor Christopher Hogwood CBE
Monday, 12 December 2011 - 1:00PM
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The Joy of Six

Professor Christopher Hogwood CBE
Tuesday, 8 November 2011 - 1:00PM
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Keep it Short

Professor Christopher Hogwood CBE
Tuesday, 18 October 2011 - 1:00PM
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From Printed Page to Performance

Professor Christopher Hogwood CBE
Tuesday, 19 April 2011 - 1:00PM
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From Composer to Printed Page

Professor Christopher Hogwood CBE
Tuesday, 22 March 2011 - 1:00PM
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The Authenticity of Genius

Professor Christopher Hogwood CBE
Tuesday, 15 February 2011 - 1:00PM
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Fakes, Completions and the Art of Borrowing

Professor Christopher Hogwood CBE
Tuesday, 25 January 2011 - 1:00PM
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St Cecilia and Music: True or false?

Professor Christopher Hogwood CBE
Monday, 22 November 2010 - 12:00AM
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The Past is a Foreign Country

Professor Christopher Hogwood CBE
Tuesday, 9 November 2010 - 12:00AM
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Ludwig van Beethoven Op 95 in F minor

Professor Roger Parker FBA
Wednesday, 30 June 2010 - 12:00AM
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Wolfgang Amadé Mozart, K 499 in D major

Professor Roger Parker FBA
Thursday, 20 May 2010 - 12:00AM
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Wolfgang Amadé Mozart, K 421 in D minor

Professor Roger Parker FBA
Thursday, 22 April 2010 - 6:00PM
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Joseph Haydn, Op 76 No 5 in D major

Professor Roger Parker FBA
Thursday, 18 March 2010 - 12:00AM
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Joseph Haydn, Op 76 No 2 in D minor

Professor Roger Parker FBA
Wednesday, 10 February 2010 - 12:00AM
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Joseph Haydn, Op 76 No 1 in G major

Professor Roger Parker FBA
Thursday, 28 January 2010 - 12:00AM
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Film Music: A certain train station

Professor Roger Parker FBA
Tuesday, 5 May 2009 - 11:00PM
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Film Music: A musical interlude

Professor Roger Parker FBA
Wednesday, 11 March 2009 - 12:00AM
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Film Music: Opera

Professor Roger Parker FBA
Wednesday, 11 February 2009 - 6:00PM
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Film Music: The Western

Professor Roger Parker FBA
Wednesday, 26 November 2008 - 12:00AM
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Film Music: Hitchcock's Psycho

Professor Roger Parker FBA
Wednesday, 15 October 2008 - 12:00AM
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An Introduction to Film Music

Professor Roger Parker FBA
Wednesday, 17 September 2008 - 12:00AM
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Mendelssohn - Quartet in A minor, Op 13

Professor Roger Parker FBA
Thursday, 26 June 2008 - 12:00AM
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Beethoven - Quartet No 9 in C major, Op 59 (Rasumovsky)

Professor Roger Parker FBA
Tuesday, 6 May 2008 - 6:00PM
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Haydn - Quartet in F minor, Op 20, No 5

Professor Roger Parker FBA
Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 12:00AM
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Debussy - Quartet in G minor, Op 10

Professor Roger Parker FBA
Tuesday, 29 January 2008 - 12:00AM
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Bartok - Quartet No 2

Professor Roger Parker FBA
Tuesday, 4 December 2007 - 12:00AM
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Mozart - Quartet in C major, K465 (Dissonance)

Professor Roger Parker FBA
Wednesday, 10 October 2007 - 12:00AM
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Puccini and New York

Professor Roger Parker FBA
Monday, 11 June 2007 - 12:00AM
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Verdi and Milan

Professor Roger Parker FBA
Monday, 14 May 2007 - 12:00AM
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Donizetti and Paris

Professor Roger Parker FBA
Monday, 16 April 2007 - 12:00AM
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Mozart and Vienna

Professor Roger Parker FBA
Monday, 27 November 2006 - 12:00AM
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Handel and London

Professor Roger Parker FBA
Sunday, 8 October 2006 - 11:00PM
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Monteverdi and Venice

Professor Roger Parker FBA
Monday, 18 September 2006 - 12:00AM
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Before Chopin

Professor Adrian Thomas
Thursday, 20 April 2006 - 12:00AM
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Canzonas and Easter Masses

Professor Adrian Thomas
Thursday, 23 March 2006 - 12:00AM
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Music in the Age of Copernicus

Professor Adrian Thomas
Thursday, 23 February 2006 - 12:00AM
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Mazurkas and Christmas Lullabies

Professor Adrian Thomas
Thursday, 1 December 2005 - 12:00AM
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St Stanislaus and Student Revelries

Professor Adrian Thomas
Thursday, 3 November 2005 - 12:00AM
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Music in History

Professor Adrian Thomas
Thursday, 6 October 2005 - 12:00AM
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Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 8

Professor Adrian Thomas
Tuesday, 14 June 2005 - 12:00AM
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Lutoslawski

Professor Adrian Thomas
Thursday, 17 March 2005 - 12:00AM
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Janacek

Professor Adrian Thomas
Thursday, 17 February 2005 - 12:00AM
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The composer virtuoso - Zarebski’s Piano Quintet

Professor Adrian Thomas
Thursday, 16 December 2004 - 12:00AM
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The Composer Virtuoso - Liszt’s Transcendental Studies

Professor Adrian Thomas
Thursday, 18 November 2004 - 12:00AM
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Chopin in the hands of others

Professor Adrian Thomas
Thursday, 28 October 2004 - 12:00AM
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The Pope’s divisions

Professor Adrian Thomas
Thursday, 11 March 2004 - 12:00AM
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The cultural politics of war, peace and sacrifice

Professor Adrian Thomas
Thursday, 12 February 2004 - 12:00AM
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Music and the media

Professor Adrian Thomas
Thursday, 15 January 2004 - 12:00AM
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How to make propaganda popular

Professor Adrian Thomas
Thursday, 13 November 2003 - 12:00AM
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Music and nationhood

Professor Adrian Thomas
Thursday, 9 October 2003 - 12:00AM
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The Last Post - For Modernism

Piers Hellawell
Tuesday, 18 March 2003 - 12:00AM
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What about the children?

Piers Hellawell
Thursday, 6 February 2003 - 12:00AM
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The Concert of the Future

Piers Hellawell
Tuesday, 4 February 2003 - 12:00AM
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The Concert of the Present

Piers Hellawell
Tuesday, 12 November 2002 - 12:00AM
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The Concert of the Past

Piers Hellawell
Thursday, 31 October 2002 - 12:00AM
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Music or The Vocabulary of Music

Piers Hellawell
Tuesday, 29 October 2002 - 12:00AM
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Music of Today: Looking Under The Bonnet

Piers Hellawell
Saturday, 5 October 2002 - 12:00AM
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The Composer in Action

Piers Hellawell
Friday, 24 May 2002 - 12:00AM
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Inside Story

Piers Hellawell
Saturday, 18 May 2002 - 12:00AM
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Chamber Music Fights Back

Piers Hellawell
Friday, 22 February 2002 - 12:00AM
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The Composer as Teacher

Piers Hellawell
Friday, 7 December 2001 - 12:00AM
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The Workshop Generation

Piers Hellawell
Friday, 16 November 2001 - 12:00AM
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Should we call the tune? Issues of artistic patronage

Piers Hellawell
Friday, 23 March 2001 - 12:00AM
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Should we pay the piper? Issues of artistic patronage

Piers Hellawell
Friday, 16 March 2001 - 12:00AM
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Will the last listener please turn out the light?

Piers Hellawell
Tuesday, 19 December 2000 - 6:00PM
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Art in the Age of Spice

Piers Hellawell
Friday, 17 November 2000 - 12:00AM
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Music of the Last Century: Did Schoenberg get it right?

Piers Hellawell
Friday, 13 October 2000 - 12:00AM
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Ups and Downs

Professor Stephen Pratt
Tuesday, 2 November 1999 - 12:00AM
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Jonathan Harvey’s ‘Le Tombeau de Messiaen’

Professor Joanna McGregor
Friday, 11 December 1998 - 12:00AM
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Stockhausen and Mantra

Professor Stephen Pratt
Tuesday, 1 December 1998 - 12:00AM
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What the Audience Wants

Professor David Owen Norris
Tuesday, 4 March 1997 - 12:00AM
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Music and the Intellect

Professor David Owen Norris
Monday, 6 February 1995 - 12:00AM
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The Place of Competitions in the Personal and Musical Development of Young People

Professor Peter Renshaw
Monday, 6 November 1989 - 1:00PM
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Making Music Live in the Community

Professor Peter Renshaw
Thursday, 4 June 1987 - 12:00PM
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Audience for Music in the Year 2000

Professor Peter Renshaw
Tuesday, 2 June 1987 - 12:00PM
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The Christian Singer from the Gospels to the Gothic Cathedrals

Music, Imagination and Experience in the Medieval World

Men, Women and Guitars in Romantic England

Music in Context

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