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Chetham's Library

The Library Lectures Go To Manchester

Chetham's Library, Manchester

September to November 2017

Over the last two years the VWML has organised two highly successful series of library lectures given by leading researchers in the field, with topics ranging from Night Visiting Songs to Hammer Dulcimer Players in East Anglia. We are therefore pleased to announce a series of Vaughan Williams Memorial Library Lectures to be given at Chetham’s Library, in Manchester.

Traditional Tunes and Popular Airs

Traditional Tunes and Popular Airs : History and Transmission

Cecil Sharp House

Friday 6–Saturday 7 October 2017, 9am–5pm

Researchers have long been fascinated by the recurrence of tunes in all manner of musical styles and genres, performance contexts, levels of society, historical periods, and geographical locations. But how are we to understand this phenomenon? The 21st century has seen a renewal of interest in the history and comparative study of melody, and the study of musical perception and memory.

Broadside day

Broadside Day 2018

Cambridge University

24 February 2018

Call-for-papers coming soon.

The Broadside Day is the annual one-day conference for people interested in Street Literature in all its fascinating aspects - broadsides, chapbooks, songsters, woodcuts, engravings, last dying speeches, catchpennies, wonder-tales, almanacs, fortune-tellers, and all kinds of cheap printed material sold to ordinary people in city streets, at country fairs, and from pedlar's packs up and down the country in past centuries. The Day consists of short papers, presentations, displays, discussions, and is suitable for beginners and experts alike, who will all enjoy its lively and informal atmosphere.