Upcoming Events

Events in December 

Thursday December 3, 10am-4pm

Online Symposium with the Austrian Cultural Forum: Music Migration and Mobility - The Legacy of Migrant Musicians from Nazi Europe in Britain

Wednesday December 9, 6.30pm

Live Stream Concert - Ensemble ÉMIGRÉ supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum, London

Further Details

ONLINE SYMPOSIUM, Thursday December 3, 2020, 10am-4pm
Music, Migration and Mobility - The Legacy of Migrant Musicians from Nazi Europe in Britain

Please book your free place on the website of our co-host, the Austrian Cultural Forum.


The practice-led, international and multidisciplinary research project ‘Music, Migration and Mobility’ at the Royal College of Music, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, aims to gain new knowledge about the legacy of musicians who emigrated to Britain from Germany and Austria in the 1930s, mostly because of persecution by the Nazi regime. In this opening symposium, the research team will outline its approach of studying and foregrounding the mobility of these musicians and their importance for British culture during and after WW2, hoping to enter into fruitful conversations with guests and project partners. Presentations from all team members and two distinguished guest speakers will be complemented with a performance by Ensemble Émigré and students from the Royal College of Music. The event will take place on Zoom.


9.45  Zoom call opens, informal chats possible in breakout rooms


10.00 Opening words by ACF Director Waltraud Dennhardt-Herzog and RCM Director Colin Lawson 


Session 1 

10.15  Norbert Meyn, RCM 

Trees have roots, humans have legs - Foregrounding Migration and Mobility in Performances

10.30  Beth Snyder, RCM  

Negotiating nationalisms: the foundation and early activities of the Anglo-Austrian Music Society

Questions 15-20 min 


[Short break]


Session 2

11.15  Peter Adey, RHUL

‘Where music flows like money': mobility, migration and magnetism at Glyndebourne'

11.30   Nils Grosch, Salzburg University 

‘I don’t want to wait until it is too late again’: Push and pull factors for operatic concepts around Glyndebourne’s Emigrees

Questions 15-20 min


[Short Break]

12.15 - 13.00 Concert with Ensemble Émigré and students from the Royal College of Music 

Works by Hans Gál, Egon Wellesz and Mátyás Seiber

Norbert Meyn, tenor 

Catherine Hooper, soprano

Christopher Gould, piano

Jack Campbell, piano



13.00-14.00 Lunch break


Session 3


14.00 Florian Scheding, University of Bristol  

'Performing Migration: Mátyás Seiber's Ulysses'

14.30 Alison Garnham

'Nationalism and Internationalism in the Post-War BBC'


15.00  Panel Discussion with the project team and guests 


16.00 End of event

January to June 2022​

Exhibition 'Music and Migration' (working title) at Senate House Library, University of London


This exhibition will be curated by Beth Snyder and other members of the research team of the Music, Migration and Mobility Project, in collaboration with Andrea Meyer Ludowisy and Dr. Maria Castrillo at Senate House Library.

February 2022 - dates tbc

Music, Migration and Mobility
International Conference, London

This international conference will be hosted jointly by the Royal College of Music and the German Historical Institute London 

Past Events

Friday November 20, 6pm - YouTube broadcast of our concert can be found here: Mátyás Seiber (1905-1960) - Traveller between Worlds



Wed 29th January 2020, 4.15pm

Belonging and Not Belonging

Sir John Manduell Research Forum Series, Forman Lecture Theatre, Royal Northern College of Music

Research Forum and Performance with Monica Bohm-Duchen, Eva Fox-Gal, Norbert Meyn and 

David Fligg, including performances of songs by Peter Gellhorn and Karl Rankl. This event will

focus on how to celebrate the work of artists who came to Britain as refugees from Nazi Europe, based on the experience of the 'Insiders-Outsiders Festival' and the 'Singing a Song in a Foreign Land' project at the Royal College of Music. Free, no tickets required. Click here for more information.

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