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Library Lecture: 'I have believed in spirits from that day unto this': The Ghostly Crew [Roud 1922], ghostlore and tradtional song by Paul Cowdell

Cecil Sharp House

Wednesday 21 March 2018, 7pm

When the Charles Haskell sank the Andrew Jackson in 1866, it produced a local narrative of a ‘ghost ship’ that was adapted into a song still in the oral tradition.


Library Lecture: Sabine Baring-Gould and his Search for the Folk Songs of Devon and Cornwall by Martin Graebe

Cecil Sharp House 

Wednesday 8 April 2018, 7pm

Sabine Baring-Gould was the first of the large-scale folk song collectors of the Victorian revival. This talk will look at the way he went about making his collection and the people involved. 

George Butterworth

Library Lecture: On the Banks of the Green Willow: George Butterworth - Dancer, Folk Song Collector and Composer by Derek Schofield

Cecil Sharp House

Wednesday 21 February 2018, 7pm

This lecture will examine the life and music of one of the great musical losses of the First World War, George Butterworth. This lecture will include audio clips of Butterworth’s music and of the folk song melodies that inspired him, as well as an assessment of his involvement in the early folk dance revival.

Dan Leno

Library Lecture: 'They've done me, they've robbed me, but, thank God, I'm champion still': Dan Leno, Clog Dancing and the Victorian Music Hall by Caroline Radcliffe

Cecil Sharp House

Wednesday 11 January 2018, 7pm

Dan Leno was the most famous music hall and pantomime performer of the nineteenth century but throughout his career he continued to view himself as a champion clog dancer, specialising in the heel and toe Lancashire tradition.

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.