Made in London 2
This second Made in London one-day conference continues the theme of the first, held on 28 May 2016, in examining the making and development of musical instruments in London from the seventeenth century to the present day.
All interested parties are invited to attend and, through shared discussion of current research, generate a better understanding of; cultures involved in music and instrument making; the standing and significance of London as a centre of music; and instrument making and issues affecting past and current practitioners. The programme has been selected to promote dialogue between the practical and theoretical, to refresh organological thinking, and to forge new collaborations in the practice and analysis of musical instrument making.
Centenary of the founding of the National School for the Music Trades in 1916
The conference also marks and celebrates the centenary of the founding of the National School for the Music Trades in 1916 at the Polytechnic Institute of North London. Via a succession of institutional name changes, The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture & Design of London Metropolitan University, which incorporates the former London College of Furniture, is the direct heir to the School. With the collaboration of the university archives, a small exhibition of documents, drawings and artefacts will trace the history of the School.
With the collaboration of the university archives, a small exhibition of documents, drawings and artefacts will trace the history of the School.
Bass Violins in seventeenth and eighteenth century England (Hetti Price, University of Birmingham).
Innovation, modification and continuity in flute design and manufacture in London between 1760 and 1840 (Simon Waters, Sonic Arts Research Centre, Queen’s University Belfast).
Demand and Supply: Wind Instruments for Britain and the Empire (Jocelyn Howell).
The London-made ‘Melophonic’ guitar and its influence upon the American steel-string acoustic guitar (James Westbrook, University of Cambridge).
Harp pedal technique in London (Maria Cleary, University of Leiden, The Netherlands, and Orpheus Institute, Gent, Belgium).
The influence of the Broadwood piano on the London Pianoforte School in the early nineteenth century (Jing Ouyang, Royal Northern College of Music).
Cultural Evolution: How London Pianos Became All American (Tom Strange, Independent Researcher).
Early Keyboards in London: Thomas Goff's Opus 2 (David Gerrard, University of Edinburgh).
Serendipitous and Subversive: A Critical Organology of Hugh Davies’s Found Instruments (Fiorenzo Palermo, Middlesex University).
Celebrating the Centenary: a short history of the National School for the Music Trades of the Northern Polytechnic Institute and its successors 1916–2016 (Lewis Jones, London Metropolitan University, and Marie Kent, Institute of Musical Research).
The event is sponsored by London Metropolitan University and is free to attend.
"We hope you will be able to join us, and look forward to seeing you there."
Lewis Jones and Marie Kent.