OU music PhD student Lucy Cradduck is organising a study day about the English composer Edmund Rubbra, to be held at the Royal College of Music on 6 November.
Rubbra (1901–86) won an open scholarship to the Royal College of Music in 1921, where he studied composition with Gustav Holst and R.O. Morris. Although known today chiefly for his eleven symphonies and liturgical choral music, Rubbra’s compositions embrace all genres.
This study day provides a rare opportunity to find out more about Rubbra’s life, work and music, including a lunchtime recital of chamber and solo instrumental works performed by RCM musicians.
Spaces are still available. Registration is free, but booking is essential. Please phone the RCM box office 020 7591 4314 (Mon-Fri 10am-4pm).
Rubbra Study Day Programme
Sunday 6 November
Inner Parry Room, Royal College of Music
Presented by the Royal College of Music and the OU Music Department
10.00 Arrival, registration and coffee
10.45 Fifty years of music: Rubbra and his times in his own words
Lewis Foreman (Rubbra author and Birmingham University)
11.15 Fifty shades of grey? Rubbra and the orchestra
John Pickard (Bristol University)
11.45 Rubbra and the BBC
Leo Black (Rubbra author and independent scholar)
13.00 Recital of chamber music by Rubbra
RCM musicians (see programme below)
14.15 Rubbra’s fascination with the East
Lucy Cradduck (The Open University)
14.45 Rubbra’s nighttime
Jonathan Clinch (Birmingham and Cambridge Universities)
15.15 Rubbra and Peter Sculthorpe: spiritual parallels
Fiona Richards (The Open University)
Rubbra’s sons Adrian Yardley and Benedict Rubbra will be joined by Lewis
Foreman to talk about Rubbra as they knew him.
16.15 Closing comments
16.30 Tea and depart
Programme of Rubbra works for lunchtime recital:
Discourse, Op. 127, for harp and cello
Pezzo Ostinato, Op. 102, for solo harp
Variations on a Phrygian Theme, Op. 105, for solo violin
String Quartet No. 2, Op. 73