Taking British Music(s) Abroad: Soundscapes of the Imperial Message - A Study Day

Supported by the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, King's College London and the Royal Musical Association

Keynote Speaker: Bennett Zon (Durham)

Location SWB21 (Ground Floor, South West Block off the King's Building, facing onto the river), Department of Music, Strand Campus, King's College London. See PDF map below. 

When Tuesday 16 June 2015 (09:30-18:30; lunch provided)

Programme See document below.

Contact Please direct enquiries to TBMAstudyday@gmail.com

Bringing together scholars in Music, English and History, this interdisciplinary event will explore sound, empire and ideas of ‘Britishness’ in a range of contexts. The presentations will encompass: the construction of British music exam boards as an emblem of imperial power; soundscapes of encounter and exchange in Canton, China ca. 1800; music at mission stations in nineteenth-century South Africa; colonial encounters with music during the First World War; the British engagement with music in colonial Punjab; hearing ‘sonic whiteness’ in British Singapore; the ‘park space’ of the British-run Municipal Brass Band in 1930s Shanghai; and, Alan Bush and 1950s British Guiana as a site of late-imperial musical exchange and representation.

The event will conclude with a roundtable discussion on ‘the politics of the archive’, with Joanna Bullivant (Nottingham), Kate Guthrie (Southampton), Thomas Irvine (Southampton), Roe-Min Kok (McGill), Katherine Butler Schofield (KCL), Sarah Weiss (Yale-NUS), Heather Wiebe (KCL) and Bennett Zon (Durham)


Philip Burnett (Bristol)

Erin Johnson-Hill (Yale; KCL) 

Yvonne Liao (KCL) 

Strand Campus Map

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