Part of the Britain and the Soviet Union: Early Cultural Encounters Research Network events
Thursday 30 November 2023, 5pm-7pm
Grove Auditorium, Magdalen College, Oxford, OX1 4AU
TORCH in partnership with the Sea Green Singersof Oxford, conducted by Sarah Westcott, present a workshop of radical music in 1930s Britain. The workshop is the product of a new collaboration between Dr Joanna Bullivant (Magdalen College, Oxford) and the Sea Green Singers. It will include a talk by Dr Bullivant and performances of songs from the period, informed by contemporary experimental ideas about performance style and radicalising the concert.
The performance will be followed by a Q&A with the performers.
Although little-remembered today, the 1930s saw a remarkable period of experimentation with music involving pageants, workers’ choirs, new compositions, and radical aesthetic ideas drawn from the Soviet Union and Weimar Germany. This workshop presents some of this history in performance, and reflects upon the parallels with the ongoing practice of radical amateur choral singing today.