Announcement of Conference and Call for Papers
Wood, Musical Instruments, and Sound
Edinburgh University, Edinburgh (UK), St Cecilia’s Hall, 17th-18th October 2019
We are very happy to announce the next WoodMusICK conference will take place on the 17th – 18th October 2019, hosted by the University of Edinburgh at St Cecilia’s Hall.
This conference is in association with The Wood Technology Society of IOM3.
The theme this year will be Wood, Musical Instruments, and Sound. This covers a wide scope including:
- Conservation of historical wooden musical instruments;
- Wood and the making of new instruments;
- The role of wood in performance and musical heritage;
- Wood and acoustics, from instruments to concert halls.
We are keen to have participation from makers, musicians, conservators, wood scientists and even foresters. If you are interested in both wood and music, this is the conference for you!
Please, save the date. More information, a website and a call for papers will be published soon. If you would like to receive further information please sign up for the mailing list at link
The organising committee of WoodMusICK 2019 in Edinburgh.
- Jonathan Santa Maria Bouquet
- Dan Ridley-Ellis
- Sebastian Kirsch
The conference will be held at St Cecilia’s Hall in Edinburgh city center. It is situated within walking distance from Waverley station and from all hotels situated in the heart of Edinburgh. It is home to one of the most important historic musical instrument collections anywhere in the world.
St Cecilia’s Hall is Scotland’s oldest purpose-built concert hall. Originally built by the Edinburgh Musical Society in 1762, the Georgian venue is a real hidden gem, tucked away in the heart of Edinburgh’s Cowgate.
Having undergone a £6.5million renovation St Cecilia’s Hall and Music Museum is now Edinburgh University’s first visitor attraction and a fantastic addition to Edinburgh’s offer of museums and event venues. It comprises of a Concert Room, hosting a range of concerts and public events, and a Music Museum, which is open to the public and brings together the University’s historic collection of musical instruments for the first time. The Music Museum displays the University’s unparalleled collection of musical instruments from across the globe, including its world-famous harpsichords, some of which are playable. Making this the only place in the world, it is claimed, that you can hear 18th-century music being played on 18th-century instruments in an 18th- century setting.
Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland and a popular destination for tourists so it has many hotels suiting all budgets. Edinburgh is a city like no other: Steeped in history, it seamlessly blends old and new, providing visitors with the perfect destination to experience the sights, sounds and tastes of a diverse and vibrant city. Popular locations for visitors are the new town (the regular grid of streets north of the castle) and the old town (the mess of streets south of the castle). This bus route map shows the city centre and airlink 100 bus & tram stops (the best way to get between the city centre and airport). If you have some spare time, and want things to see and do while here, a good place to start is edinburgh.org
For more information, contact: Jonathan Santa Maria Bouquet, Dan Ridley-Ellis or Sebastian Kirsch. More information is also available soon
The EU-funded COST-Action WoodMusICK started in 2013 and brought together scientists, conservators, instrument makers from different fields. After the conclusion of this four-year project, it was agreed to keep this platform alive and continue having biennial conferences. Since we have no financial support from the EU-COST-Action, this year there will be a conference fee and the organisation committee will not cover travel costs.
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