‘Made in London 2’ : Makers, designers & innovators in musical instrument-making in London C17-21st

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Date / time: 23 September, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Room CCG–02, London Metropolitan University

'Made in London 2' : Makers, designers & innovators in musical instrument-making in London C17-21st

This second ‘Made in London’ one-day conference continues the theme of the first conference, held on 28 May 2016, in examining the making and development of musical instruments in London from the seventeenth century to the present day.

Again, all interested parties are invited to attend and, through the shared discussion of current research, to generate a better understanding of issues affecting both former and current practitioners. The programme below has been selected to promote new dialogue between the practical and theoretical, to refresh organological thinking, and to forge new collaborations in the practice and analysis of musical instrument-making.


Bass Violins in C17th and C18th 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. Registration is now open via the following link:


We hope you will be able to join us, and look forward to seeing you there.

Lewis Jones and Marie Kent

Lewis Jonesl.jones@londonmet.ac.uk

Marie Kentmarieekent@hotmail.com

When:Friday, 23 September 2016  9:30 am to 5:00 pm

Where:London Metropolitan University, Room CCG–02, Goulston Street, London E1 7TP