Monthly Archives: February 2012

Trevor Herbert to give paper at the National Library of Wales

Trevor Herbert
The militia and music: military musicians and Wales in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century.

Military music is one of the truly neglected areas of western music even though, from the eighteenth century, it was ubiquitous in all parts of Britain. Bands of music were formed by the county lieutenancies that were also responsible for recruitment of the militia itself. They prevailed in Wales as elsewhere, to form a new network of instrumental ensembles in places where such music had not previously been heard. The importance of these groups can only be understood in the context of the military, political and socio-cultural position of the militia; their significance must be measured through their impact on the music profession and the commercial infrastructures that supported it. Why were these bands formed, who paid for them, what they did do and from where were the musicians recruited? This paper will address these and other questions by reference to several primary sources.
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Katia Chornik: After her PhD

Katia Chornik, who completed her PhD with the Open University’s Music and English departments¬†in 2010, is now developing her research in Manchester. She’s moved on from her thesis on the role of music in the novels of Alejo Carpentier to … Continue reading

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