Perspectives on Historically Informed Practices in Music Conference

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10-12 September 2018
Faculty of Music, University of Oxford

Transforming Nineteenth Century Historically Informed Practice (TCHIP) will host an international conference on Perspectives on Historically Informed Practices in Music at the Faculty of Music, University of Oxford from Monday 10th September to Wednesday 12th September. 

Historical Performance scholarship is enjoying something of a revitalization; new methods, research into music of the 20th century, greater integration with performers and the music industry, and interdisciplinary approaches are just some of the influences currently broadening the field. Perspectives on Historically Informed Practices in Music aims to bring together scholars and performer/scholars researching performance in the long 19thand the 20th centuries and will explore current research foci and possible future developments in historical performance research.


Deadline: noon on 12th January 2018

The Programme Committee welcomes proposals for individual papers, lecture recitals, and sessions using alternative formats in any areas of scholarship related to methodological developments in Historical Performance scholarship (on any period), as well as the performance practices of the 19th Century more specifically. Individual papers will be 30 mins with 15 mins for questions/discussion; lecture recitals will be 1 hour; and panel discussions will be 90 mins.

The following non-exhaustive list indicates some of the intended themes of the conference: 

  • Developments in HIP (Historically Informed Performance) scholarship including new and interdisciplinary methods
  • Pre-performance - the processes that precede the public act of performance either in the 19th Century or today
  • 19th-century expression in chamber and orchestral instrumental performance
  • Performance practices of the 20th Century
  • HIP Communities of Practice and the accounts of HIP professionals
  • HIP audiences
  • The evolution and future of specialist HIP provision in Higher Education and its interface with professional practices.
  • Annotated printed editions and hand annotated performance materials
  • Technological developments in HIP research 
  • Lost histories and under-researched groups of performers
  • The interaction of research and professional practice in modern HIP

Proposals of no more than 300 words should be sent as a Word attachment (including details of author(s), affiliations (University, Conservatoire/College, Orchestra, Chamber Ensemble etc), contact details etc) to, to arrive before the deadline of noon on 12th January 2018. Proposals will be reviewed anonymously, so please submit a second version of your proposal with all names and institutional affiliations removed.

The Conference Committee, consisting of Claire Holden, Eric Clarke, Cayenna Ponchione-Bailey, and Marten Noorduin will respond to authors by January 31st 2018.  

We welcome proposals from professional HIP performers without an institutional affiliation. A limited number of bursaries will be available for performers/scholars without institutional affiliation; and for students (please see website from February for more details).


Registration will open on February 1st 2018. Information about the conference including travel information, accommodation suggestions, a draft programme etc will be available on the TCHIP website by the time registration opens.

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