OK – since September, I’ve given four talks, with another to follow next week, and then a sixth in November. In terms of both research activity and public engagement, I think I’ve been quite active!
In September, I talked about Instructions, Introductions, Treatises and Tutors: Music for the Regency Miss (Women and Education in the Long Eighteenth Century); then my Exchange Talk here at RCS: Meanwhile in Scotland, 1808.
Last week I did a Show and Tell talk at Martyrs Kirk research library in St Andrews; and yesterday I did an illustrated Music Talk in St Andrews: From Stationers’ Hall to St Andrews: late Georgian Music and Ladies of Leisure.
Next week it’s the Edinburgh Bibliographical Society: The Legal Deposit Music of St Andrews: Scottish Airs, Irish and Hebrew Melodies, and other late Georgian Favourites.
And finally, on 16th November, the RMA Scottish Chapter (5.15, Room 2, Music Department, 14 University Gardens, Glasgow) – an approximate but not exact repeat of yesterday’s Music Talk.
Another forthcoming talk, 20th October at 5.45 pm, Quaker Meeting House, Edinburgh: The Legal Deposit Music at St Andrews: Scottish airs, Irish and Hebrew Melodies and other Late Georgian favourites.
Edinburgh Bibliographical Society Programme
On Sunday 2nd October, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra is reenacting a benefit concert that was staged for Beethoven in 1808. Details of event – click here.
But before that, on Monday 26th September at 6 pm I’m giving an Exchange Talk at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in the Ledger Room, to tie in with the 1808 theme. Be prepared for an interesting auditory experience – we’re playing music that may not have been played for nearly two centuries!
Actually, the pieces by Nathaniel Gow are the most commonly known! Concerto Caledonia performed them on their latest CD, Nathaniel Gow’s Dance Band. (We have it in the Whittaker Library). But there’s also an early Scottish song arrangement by Beethoven, a piano trio by Kozeluch, and a duet for harp and piano by Sophia Dussek. Can you resist?
And this is what happens when music librarians get immersed in historical research!