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Updated: Sep 4, 2023

Wednesday September 27, 2023, 7.30pm, RCM Performance Hall

Pre-concert panel discussion, 5.30pm


Danny Driver, piano

Emily Sun, violin

Clem Pickering, viola

Gemma Rosefield, cello

Tabitha Bolter, horn

Issy Haley-Porteous, flute

Ellen Pearson, mezzo soprano

Sam Harris, tenor

Simon Brown, tenor

Sam Hird, baritone

Francesca Laurie, piano

Archie Bonham, piano

Matt Powell, video design

Norbert Meyn, curator

Selected chamber works and songs by Robert Kahn, Ferdinand Rauter, Hans Gál, Karl Rankl, Franz Reizenstein, Peter Gellhorn, Joseph Horovitz, Erika Fox, Egon Wellesz, Ralph Vaughan-Williams, Benjamin Britten and Mátyás Seiber

Please join us for this extravagant concert and pre-concert discussion celebrating the work of the AHRC-funded Music, Migration and Mobility project at the Royal College of Music, which now approaches its culmination after four years. The project has been exploring the legacies of émigré musicians from Nazi Europe in Britain through concerts, workshops, archival research, oral history interviews, mapping and the recent acclaimed exhibition at the RCM Museum. A mobile display developed from this exhibition will be shown in the Lavery Gallery on the day of the concert.

The pre-concert event at 5.30pm presents an opportunity to meet the project’s research team, who will give an overview of what has been achieved through the various strands of the project. Prof. Nils Grosch, Head of Musicology at Salzburg University, will speak about the historical research at Glyndebourne and other archives, and Peter Adey, Professor of Human Geography at Royal Holloway University of London, will introduce the project’s interdisciplinary work around the concept of mobility. Alison Garnham (RCM) will outline her research on the history of the Dartington Summer School, Sarah Whitfield (RCM) will talk about databases and Digital Humanities research, Michael Holden (RHUL) will introduce some of the project’s online storymaps, and the project’s principal investigator Norbert Meyn (RCM) will introduce sheet music editions, recordings, repertoire guides, oral history interviews and scholarly articles.

The concert will bring together RCM professors Danny Driver, Gemma Rosefield and Emily Sun, who have performed and recorded with Ensemble Émigré, formed by Norbert Meyn to celebrate works by émigré composers, with RCM singers and chamber musicians for a musical feast that presents chamber music and songs by émigré composers alongside songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Benjamin Britten, who were both associated with them. The programme will be framed with a minimalist visual design by Matt Powell and culminate in a screening of the experimental animation film ‘The Magic Canvas’ by Halas & Batchelor with live music by Mátyás Seiber.

Please book your tickets (£5) through the RCM box office.

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