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Presenters at the first network event

The first network event will be a one-day symposium for network participants held at the University of Exeter on September 2. The focus of this symposium will be on contemporary representation of classical music in the arts and media.

The following network participants will give presentations:

  • Emilie Capulet, concert pianist, lecturer, musicologist, and writer
  • Carlo Cenciarelli, Lecturer in the School of Music at the University of Cardiff
  • James Cook, Lecturer at the Reid School of Music at the University of Edinburgh
  • Martin Cullingford, Editor of Gramophone magazine
  • Adrian Curtin, Senior Lecturer in the Drama department at the University of Exeter
  • William Gibbons, Associate Professor of Musicology at Texas Christian University
  • Douglas Knight, PhD student in the Music department at Royal Holloway
  • Annabelle Lee, marketing professional, blogger, and podcaster

The participants will prepare short, written previews of their presentations, which will be posted on this blog.

Creative Writer Selected

Dzifa Benson has been selected as the creative writer associated with the research network. Dzifa will develop a script with the working title of Black Mozart and will receive mentorship from playwright Kaite O’Reilly. A reading of Dzifa’s script will be given at a public event in Birmingham in April 2020. Further details to follow.

Find out more about Dzifa here.

Call Out

An emerging BAME and/or disabled creative writer based in the UK is sought to participate in this research network and to write a new script for theatre, radio, television, or film about some aspect of classical music. The purpose of this network is to bring together scholars, industry professionals, and a creative writer to discuss (a) how classical music is currently represented in the arts and media and (b) how the classical music industry is being re-shaped by efforts to diversify its participants and working practices.

The successful applicant will attend a one-day symposium in Exeter in September 2019 and in London in December 2019. S/he will then write a script of about 30 minutes duration that is inspired by one or more of the network’s main themes and, ideally, informed by network discussions. The script does not have to include music and should be written for a small number of actors. The writer will receive professional mentorship from playwright Kaite O’Reilly, who will read a draft of the script and have two Skype or face-to-face meetings with the writer. The script will be given a rehearsed reading, using student actors, during a public network event in Birmingham in April 2020. The writer’s UK travel and accommodation expenses will be covered for the three network events, and they will receive a fee of £1000 (paid in two instalments).

Please include the following elements in your application:

  • A short statement (of no more than 200 words) explaining why you are interested in this project and why you are suitable for it
  • A short pitch (of no more than 200 words) about the script you might write for this project
  • An example of recent work or a link to a website containing examples of previous work
  • Your CV

The successful applicant will be chosen on the basis of the quality of the proposed script idea and their suitability for the project.

Applications should be emailed to Dr. Adrian Curtin () by July 3, 2019