Song as Performance

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An afternoon study event, hosted by the Oxford Lieder Festival in collaboration with the Oxford Song Network. On the eve of this year's Young Artist Platform, Oxford Lieder is pleased to host an afternoon of talks dedicated to the topic of song as a form of performance. It's easy to think of song as a form of text - whether musical or literary - but this approach sometimes leaves out the equally important idea of song as a powerful encounter between performers and audience that is capable of expressing embodied emotions in a way that goes beyond words. This half-day event examines the question of song as performance from a number of complementary angles - historical, biographical, theoretical, practical and pedagogical - and will contain accessible and stimulating papers from leading experts in the field.

2pm: Brief welcome, followed by first two papers

- Eric Clarke (Oxford): ‘Being There: Voice, Body, Presence in Song’
- Mia Pistorius (Oxford): ‘Singing the Body Electric: Metaphor, Embodiment, Song’

3pm: Coffee break

330pm: Second two papers

- Ceri Owen (Cambridge): ‘A Community in Song: Vaughan Williams's Songs of Travel and The House of Life'
- Natasha Loges (Royal College of Music): ‘The Performance of German Song Cycles: Singers, Audiences and Concert Programmes in History’

430pm: Q&A

Attendance is free, but please do email Philip Bullock ( to register so that appropriate catering can be arranged.

Humanities & Performance

The Oxford Song Network: Poetry and Performance

Contact name: Philip Bullock

Contact email:

Audience: Open to all