Part of the Humanities Cultural Programme, one of the founding stones for the
future Stephen A. Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities
Diversity and the British String Quartet brings together composers, performers, students, and academics to explore issues of diversity in British classical music through the case study of the string quartet. The string quartet - and British classical music in general - are associated with elitism and exclusivity, yet historically the genre has attracted composers who defy this stereotype: women, BAME musicians, communists, and others from traditionally marginalised groups such as Ethel Smyth, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and Elizabeth Maconchy. In this project, the Villiers Quartet and Oxford researchers will: commission and release as digital concerts new string quartets from British composers with varied connections to national identity; coach remotely 14-18 year old students from schools with low access to music education or diverse student bodies to compose their own string quartets with mentoring from Oxford students; and produce a live-streamed symposium with lectures, round-table discussion with composers, student workshops, and performances of historic British quartets.
Details of the Symposium programme and how to get tickets are coming soon.
Diversity and the British String Quartet Symposium:
Monday 14 June 2021, Diversity and the British String Quartet | Day 1
Tuesday 15 June 2021, Diversity and the British String Quartet | Day 2
Wednesday 16 June 2021, Diversity and the British String Quartet | Day 3
You can read more about the Diversity and the British String Quartet HCP project here.