Conferences and Events


Seminar series: Instruments of the Eighteenth Century
From November 2017 to February 2018, Alice will convene a series of seminars on the topic of 'Instruments of the Eighteenth Century', asking what can be gained by applying a musical lens to our research?

Seminar titles will take the form 'Instruments of...', for example, 'Instruments of War' considering the experiences of conflict from the point of view of militia bands.

This series will take place at the Bate Collection of Musical Instrument, and has received funding from BSECS, and support from interdisciplinary TORCH network, RECSO (Romanticism and Eighteenth-Century Studies, Oxford).

Click the image to view the poster; abstracts for each week are available here.

How much evidence do you need?
Oxford Centre for Life Writing, Wolfson College, Oxford
A look at life writing from a historical perspective: how can you be sure that events – or thoughts or feelings – actually happened? This talk will use examples from the marginalia of John Malchair, William Crotch and their circle of musical friends in eighteenth-century Oxford.
Date tbc, February 2018

Past presentations

For the sake of difference: John Malchair’s tune comparisons, 1760-95
Traditional Tunes and Popular Airs, English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) at Cecil Sharp House, London
6th-7th October 2017

Music Across Borders: categorising ‘national music’ in eighteenth-century Oxford
Interdisciplinary conference, Borders, Boundaries, and Beyond in the Long Eighteenth-Century, University of Sheffield
Friday 21st April 2017

The Music of J. B. Malchair - stories and tunes from William Crotch's 'Malchair MS', including Malchair's own compositions, with live music provided by Alice Little (violin) and Danny Chapman (cello).
St Cross College, University of Oxford
Tuesday 14th March 2017

Seasonal Songs and Forgotten Tunes: an exploration of the song collections of Percy Manning - a composition workshop with an introduction to Manning's music collections.
Music Faculty, University of Oxford - click for flyer
Sunday 12th March 2017

Categorising ‘national music’ in eighteenth-century Oxford
Eighteenth-Century Research Seminar, University of Edinburgh
Wednesday 1st March 2017

Study Day and Reading Group: Cultures of Collecting in Eighteenth-Century Britain and Ireland
Humanities Centre, University of Oxford
Alice was convenor and chair.
Friday 17th February 2017, Reading Group 10th February

Click to view the event poster; and to read the detailed programme for the day, which includes the recommended reading provided by the speakers.

The Reading Group took place a week before the Study Day as a way to allow participants to consider and discuss the speakers' work in advance.

Comments relating to the day can be found under the #culturesofcollecting hashtag on Twitter; and a review was published on the RECSO blog.

Collecting Places: John Malchair’s drawings of eighteenth-century Oxford, in the context of his music collecting - including a chance to examine some of Malchair's artwork from the Ashmolean's collection.
Reading Images Seminar, Ashmolean Museum
Wednesday 15th February 2017
View the Reading Images poster here.

What did Oxford sound like in 1784? A musical snapshot based on the tune collections of J. B. Malchair
Graduate Seminar in History, University of Oxford
Wednesday 1st February 2017

How to Die: Victorian working-class attitudes towards death in broadside ballads
Death and Culture Conference, University of York
1st-3rd September 2016