Diversity and the British String Quartet

Monday, 14 June 2021 - 10:00am to Wednesday, 16 June 2021 - 8:00pm
Free (online)

Diversity and the British String Quartet brings together composers, performers, students, and academics to explore issues of diversity in British classical music through the case study of the string quartet. The string quartet - and British classical music in general - are associated with elitism and exclusivity, yet historically the genre has attracted composers who defy this stereotype: women, BAME musicians, communists, and others from traditionally marginalised groups such as Ethel Smyth, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and Elizabeth Maconchy. In this project, the Villiers Quartet and Oxford researchers will: commission and release as digital concerts new string quartets from British composers with varied connections to national identity; coach remotely 14-18 year old students from schools with low access to music education or diverse student bodies to compose their own string quartets with mentoring from Oxford students; and produce a live-streamed symposium with lectures, round-table discussion with composers, student workshops, and performances of historic British quartets.


Primary Investigator: Dr Joanna Bullivant Departmental Lecturer in Historical Musicology
Co-Investigator: Prof Samantha Dieckmann Associate Professor, Faculty of Music Fellow of Somerville College Researchers: Lauren Braithwaite and Aaliyah Booker (Faculty of Music)
Partner organisations: Villiers Quartet Faculty of Music 

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England

Collaborators: Villiers String Quartet
St Gregory the Great Catholic School, Oxford
St Marylebone School, London
Graveney School, London
Framingham Earl High School,
Norfolk Trinity Catholic School, Nottingham

For more details please go to: https://torch.ox.ac.uk/diversity-and-the-british-string-quartet-0#tab-2926136

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