Call for Papers

The call for papers is now closed, but we encourage conference attendance by those who will not be presenting.

The Eighth Biennial Conference for Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain will take place at the School of Music and Sonic Arts, Queen’s University Belfast, on 21-24 July 2011. The keynote speakers will be Professor Byron Adams (University of California, Riverside) and Professor Jeremy Dibble (University of Durham), and the conference will also feature a recital of music by Ireland, Harty, Parry, Mendelssohn and Dvorak by the cellist Robin Michael and the pianist Huw Watkins.


The programme committee invites proposals of no more than 300 words for individual papers of 20 minutes (plus 10 minutes for questions), lecture-recitals of 30 minutes, and round tables of 30 minutes; and proposals of no more than 600 words for panel sessions of four papers. All proposals should be sent via email to, by Friday 11 February 2011. Speakers whose proposals are accepted for the conference will be notified by mid-March 2011.


Proposals may be on any aspect of musical life in Britain, or music by British composers, during the period 1800-1914. A theme of the conference, befitting the fact that, for the first time, it is being held outside England, is the idea of ‘Britain beyond England’; thus papers will particularly be welcomed on the following subjects, among others:


•             Nineteenth-century Irish, Scottish and Welsh composers and compositions

•             The idea of Celticism in nineteenth-century British musical thought

•             Thomas Moore and Sir Walter Scott in nineteenth-century British music

•             Continental musicians in Britain


Programme committee: Dr Aidan Thomson (QUB, chair), Professor Charles Edward McGuire (Oberlin College), Dr Jennifer Oates (CUNY Queens), Professor Jan Smaczny (QUB).


For further enquiries, please contact the conference chair, Dr Aidan Thomson (