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Eco-creativity 2021: Art, Music, Ritual and Global Climate Politics

19th November 2021

This 2021 Conference is hosted by the Religious Studies, Art History, Music and Politics Departments in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at The Open University. Deadline for abstract submission: 30 September 2021

Women leading Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Music Education and the Music Industries

4th June 2021

This online event will bring together a panel of four women leaders who have led Equality, Diversity and Inclusion within music education and/or the music industries, Alice Farnham, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Chi-chi Nwanoku, and Susan Wollenberg. In the afternoon, Gabriella Di Laccio will present her ground-breaking work leading gender equality in music through her work as founder and curator of Donne Women in Music. Classical guitarist, Eleanor Kelly, will conclude the event by presenting a short programme of music composed by women.

Women Leaders within the Contemporary Music Industries (International Women’s Day)

8th March 2021

All WMLOP events are free of charge, but registration is essential.

Eco-creativity: Music, Religion, Activism

13th November 2020

This interdisciplinary conference seeks to foster dialogue around the interactions between music, religion and politics in the context of the ecological crisis.

BFE/RMA Research Students’ Conference 2020

9th January 2020 to 11th January 2020

The Open University’s Music Department is delighted to be hosting the 2020 BFE/RMA research students’ conference. Open to postgraduates studying in the UK or abroad, the conference provides an opportunity for research students to meet together in a friendly and supportive atmosphere, to gain experience of the conference environment (as listeners, participants, and chairs), to present and to hear papers, to take part in workshops, and to gain insights into the profession.

Ben Winters on Korngold at BBC Proms

4th September 2019

OU Music's Ben Winters will will discuss Korngold and America as part of the BBC's Proms Plus series.

Music and Disruptive Pasts: Between the Popular and the Arcane

21st August 2019 to 22nd August 2019

The fourth conference of the Representations of Early Music on Stage and Screen (REMOSS) study group. This event will bring the group's interest in popular (re-)representations of early music in the present into dialogue with a set of broader questions about how music operates in a (New) media landscape where the past figures prominently and in a transformational way.

Medieval and Early Modern Spaces and Places 2019: Experiencing the Court

3rd April 2019 to 4th April 2019

This year The Open University’s Spaces & Places conference will address the theme of ‘Experiencing the Court’ by exploring the senses and the lived experiences of courtly life, whether based in a particular residence or defined by the travels of an itinerant ruler. This annual conference is fundamentally interdisciplinary: literary, musical, architectural, artistic and religious spaces will be the subjects of enquiry, not as discrete or separate entities, but ones which overlapped, came into contact with one another, and at times were in conflict.

Karlheinz Stockhausen: Hymnen – Electronic and concrete music (1966-7)

29th March 2019

Sound projection by Sean Williams.

Eliot Hall, University of Kent, Canterbury.

International Women and/in Musical Leadership Conference

7th March 2019 to 9th March 2019

Co-organised by Open University Staff Tutor Laura Hamer, the International Women and/in Musical Leadership Conference examiners women's work in conducting and other forms of musical leadership (understood in its broadest possible sense). The event has been timed to coincide with International Women's Day 2019 (7-9 March), and is taking place in London.

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