Like many research projects, Music, Migration and Mobility was put on hold during the lockdown period with our team being furloughed since April. We are glad to have returned this September to reformulate our project timeline and to carry on with our research. There will be updates on this work soon, so watch this space for announcements about forthcoming events and ways of participating in the research.
There have been several events over the lockdown period that speak directly to our work and we were able to support and enjoy during our furlough time. Insiders/Outsiders: Refugees from Nazi Europe and their Contribution to British Culture and The Association of Jewish Refugees organised some events to mark Refugee Week in June 2020 and kindly invited our project lead Norbert Meyn (Royal College of Music) to contribute.
The first session was called What a Life!, featuring excerpts from the 1940 internment revue by the composer Hans Gál and a discussion with Sue Lukes, chair of the charity Music in Detention.
The second event was entitled Beyond Barbed Wire: Musicians in Mooragh Internment Camp, Ramsey, Isle of Man and featured a panel made up of Norbert Meyn (Royal College of Music), Andrea Rauter (daughter of composer Ferdinand Rauter), Alison Garnham (Author of Hans Keller and Internment) and Monica Bohm-Duchen (Insiders/Outsiders Festival).
The third event was a short live stream recital of songs by emigre composers Egon Wellesz and Robert Kahn, with pianist Christopher Gould.