Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


RESCHEDULED: Re-imagining the musical bandstand in the 21st century

05 December 2022, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm

Brighton bandstand

Talks, rare-book display and music performances exploring the social history of outdoor music performance in spaces local to UCL.

This event is free.

Event Information

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Institute of Advanced Studies / UCL European Institute


Haldane Room
Wilkins Main Building, UCL, Gower Street

Musicians, artists and researchers from UCL’s Institute Of Advanced Studies, PEARL, Special Collections, Slade School Of Fine Art, Bentham’s Body Ensemble and Shovel Dance Collective will discuss their research on outdoor musical performance and the social history of outdoor spaces local to UCL.

There will be the opportunity to view rare books and historic maps from UCL’s London History Collection. Talks will be illustrated by brief musical performances.

By focusing on music in outdoor and public spaces, this project explores the social history of those spaces local to UCL. Using historical and musicological research methodologies, including use of archives and rare books in UCL Special Collections’ London History Collection, this exploration will lead to a public acoustic musical performance of classical and traditional English folk music. We are interested in the ways in which various outdoor musical traditions have had different roles in responding to or colluding with the state and economic power exerted by public spaces upon individuals, and seek to explore the sonic politics of public space in relation to discourses around labour, imperialism and immigration.

Project collaborators
Mataio Austin Dean, Tabitha Tuckett, Yvonne Cheng, Julia Foellmer and Chantal Goulder with Shovel Dance Collective and Bentham’s Body Ensemble. 

All welcome. Please note that there may be photography and/or audio recording at some events and that admission is on a first come first served basis. Please register at https://music-futures-bandstand.eventbrite.co.uk

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Photo by Ekkanat Sartsoongnern on Unsplash. Bandstand in Brighton.