Musical Instruments

British Forum for Ethnomusicology with the Musical Instrument Department, Horniman
Museum, London


Saturday 4th December 2004. 10a.m. to 5.30p.m.
The Horniman Museum,
100, London Road, London, SE23 3PQ

The BFE one-day conference will take place at the Horniman Museum in South London. Around 1500 musical instruments are displayed there in a Heritage Lottery-funded gallery that opened in 2002. The exhibition explores musical instruments as used during the course of human life, their invention, manufacture, their transcontinental migrations, and their classification. Some instruments are available for visitors to play.


10a.m. Registration and coffee

10.30 Richard Jones (University of Sheffield) 
      "There's No Place Like Home!" - the role of instrumentation in the culture of the brass band.

11.00 David Breslin (University of York) 
      Keyboard Illusionists: North Indian classical harmonium technique.

11.30 Martin Freke (University of the West of England) 
      "There's the organ - where's the monkey?": the musical and cultural impact of the Orgelbewegung in England, 1950 - 1999.

12.00 Break

12.15 Roundtable 'Musical instruments'. 
      Margaret Birley (Horniman Museum), 
      Henry Stobart (Royal Holloway University of London), 
      Razia Sultanova (SOAS)

1pm Lunch 

2.30 Veronica Doubleday (University of Brighton) 
     Frame drums and female life-cycle ceremonies in Afghanistan.

3.00 Vic Gammon (University of Newcastle) 
     Musical instruments as sexual symbols in the anglophone song tradition.

3.30 Tea

4:00 Everett Shiverenje Igobwa (York University, Canada) 
     Thum Nyatiti: transformation of the Luo lyre, music and master musicians.

4:30 Ching-Wah Lam (Hong Kong Baptist University) 
     Westernisation of Chinese Instruments and Instrumental Music in the Twentieth Century.

5.00 Close

The Horniman Museum is situated eight minutes walk from from Forest Hill train station, which is well served by trains from central London. See the Horniman Museum website ('Events' section) for booking form, details of travel, refreshments, local accommodation and any updates to the programme.
Conference dates: 
4 Dec 2004
Horniman Museum