The Legacy of Migrant Musicians from Nazi-Europe in Britain 

Upcoming Events

12th-14th September 2022 - Music, Migration and Mobility: An Interdisciplinary International Conference - Online, hosted by the Royal College of Music

 This conference aims to investigate music as a mobile phenomenon, and the history of music as animated by mobility rather than fixity. It strives to reflect critically on methodological music of migrants. We invite proposals from scholars in any music practitioners - for papers that explore music and musical history through the lense of mobility, as opposed to static, rigid categories of national or geographical belonging. Deadline for proposal submissions is February 15th 2022. Click here to read more about the conference and details about how tto submit proposals.

Past Events

January 29 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.


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


Wednesday December 9 2020, 6.30pm - Live Stream Concert, Ensemble ÉMIGRÉ supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum, London

Thursday December 3 2020 - Inaugural Symposium 'Music, Migration and Mobility - The Legacy of Migrant Musicians from Nazi Europe in Britain' Papers can be viewed below until 31st January, 2021


Sunday June 13, 2021at 6pm - 'Music and the Émigré Photographers: Companions in Creativity'

Norbert Meyn chairs an online event in collaboration with the Insiders Outsiders Festival.


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

Beth Snyder, RCM - Negotiating nationalisms: the foundation and early activities of the Anglo-Austrian Music Society

Peter Adey, RHUL - 'Where music flows like money': mobility, migration and magnetism at Glyndebourne'

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

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

Lucy Colquhoun, piano

Christopher Gould, piano

Jack Campbell, piano


Florian Scheding, University of Bristol - Performing Migration: Mátyás Seiber's Ulysses

Alison Garnham - Nationalism and Internationalism in the Post-War BBC