Performance Studies Network Fourth International Conference: 14-17 July 2016

Performance Studies Network Fourth International Conference: 14-17 July 2016

The fourth international conference of the Performance Studies Network was held at Bath Spa University (BSU) from 14-17 July 2016. This is the first PSN conference to be held independently of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Research Centre for Musical Performance Studies as Creative Practice (CMPCP) whose previous three conferences were directed by Professor John Rink at the University of Cambridge.

Approximately 130 delegates from around the world attended the four-day event, which included the presentations of c. 95 speakers in the form of individual papers, research reports and special sessions.

Professor Neil Heyde (Royal Academy of Music) led a keynote session with the Kreutzer Quartet and composers, Professor Michael Finnissy (University of Southampton) and Dr Laurie Bamon, on ‘Inventing an ensemble identity’. A concert featuring these composers’ works was given on Saturday 16 July. Professor Peter Wiegold also led a keynote session on Friday 15 July, ‘Leadership and ownership’, which included a performance by his ensemble, Notes Inégales, featuring guest artists Hyelim Kim (Korean taegŭm flute) and Cheng Yu (Chinese pipa). There was also a piece, Mondrisonic, by Tim Sayer and Andy Visser, commissioned especially for BSU’s MediaWall on Thursday 14 July.


Session Titles:

  • Learning/pedagogy
  • Musical communities and audiences
  • Opera
  • Constructing and re-constructing performance
  • Performance and listening
  • Electronic/electroacoustic music
  • Electronic/electroacoustic music
  • Analysis and performance
  • From composition to performance: new sounds and techniques
  • Cross-cultural/transdisciplinary collaborations
  • Recording practices
  • Analysis and performance
  • Liveliness and flow
  • Folk traditions
  • Leadership and ownership
  • Composer-performer collaborations
  • Gestural meaning in performance
  • Multiple performances
  • Concert programming
  • From score to performance
  • Performing cultural identity
  • Authorship and agency
  • HIP and Werktreue
  • Virtuosity
  • Creative experimentation and cross-modality
  • Conditions of performance
  • Networking technologies

The full programme can be found here.

Select elements from some conference papers can be found in the following links:

14 July 2016

15 July 2016

16 July 2016

17 July 2016

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