Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


Singing Cultural Memories of Places and Spaces | IN PERSON

17 June 2022, 11:00 am–1:00 pm


A conversation-recital around selected English art songs, exploring their agency as cultural memory with soprano Harriet Burns, pianist Ian Tindale, music historian Professor Daniel Grimley and Nordic scholar Annika Lindskog.

This event is free.

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Institute of Advanced Studies / UCL European Institute


UCL Haldane Room
Wilkins Building
Gower Street
United Kingdom
How do we understand our relationship to our surroundings and experience of seasons, nature and landscape through the heritage of music? How does music function as cultural memory and cultural heritage of these locales? How might music influence our understanding of the world around us, particularly our understanding of and relationship with landscape and nature, and with specific geographies?

This event combines a programme of selected English art songs, performed by two highly accomplished young musicians, pianist Ian Tindale and soprano Harriet Burns, with conversations around the songs’ themes and expressions, and how they can be considered as agents in shaping our perception of our relationship with places, landscapes and geographies, as well as with our cultural memory of those places.

The event seeks to explore and investigate art song understood as “intangible” cultural heritage, and as curatorship of cultural memory and cultural history, and in particular how they shape and influence our understanding of places, landscapes and locales.

The conversation around the songs will be led by Annika Lindskog from SELCS, lecturer in Swedish and Nordic studies with a particular interest in landscape enquiries, and Professor Daniel Grimley from Oxford, musicologist and music historian with particular expertise in the interconnections between music, landscape and cultural geography, as well as the National Trust’s “Trusted Source” for Leith Hill Place (birthplace of Ralph Vaughan Williams).  

This event is part of the Music Futures Festival. Check out our website for more information.

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About the Speakers

Ian Tindale


British pianist Ian Tindale was awarded the Pianist’s Prize in the 2017 Wigmore Hall Kohn Foundation Song Competition, in addition to accompaniment prizes at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards, Royal Overseas League Music Competition, and the Gerald Moore Award. Following studies at Cambridge University and the Royal College of Music, past engagements have included a European recital tour with baritone Josep-Ramon Olivé, song recitals in the Oxford Lieder Festival, Ryedale Festival, Leeds Lieder and International Lied Festival Zeist. He has appeared on BBC Radio 3 ‘In Tune’ and BBC2 ‘Proms Extra’, and he has collaborated with artists such as Roderick Willliams, Soraya Mafi, James Newby, Robin Tritschler and Ailsh Tynan.  Planned engagements for 2022 include a return to the Leeds Lieder Festival with Samling, a Wigmore Hall recital celebrating unknown Celtic song, and the inaugural concerts in Ian’s own song festival, Shipston Song, in September. 

Harriet Burn


British soprano Harriet Burns is fast developing a reputation as a “polished, witty, expressive and sweet-toned” (The Times) performer both in recital and on stage. An acclaimed interpreter of song, Harriet has performed at the Wigmore Hall, Oxford Lieder and Leeds Lieder Festivals, International Lied Festival Zeist, Ryedale Festival and de Singel with pianists including James Baillieu, Imogen Cooper, Christopher Glynn, Graham Johnson, Sholto Kynoch, Malcolm Martineau, Joseph Middleton and Ian Tindale. In 2019 Harriet's debut album, Graham Johnson's The Songs of Brahms: Volume 8 was released with Hyperion records, and she appears on Graham Johnson's The Songs of Brahms: Volume 9 in duets with Robin Tritschler. 

On the operatic stage, recent roles include Oriana (cover, Amadigi, Handel) for Garsington Opera, Sister Grace (The Angel Esmeralda, Lliam Paterson), Nerina (La Fedeltà premiata, Haydn), and Aminta (Aminta e Fillide, Handel) with Guildhall Opera. In 2020, Harriet was due to cover the role of Sifare (Mitridate, Mozart) at Garsington Opera but this was postponed due to Covid-19. 

Competition successes include 2nd prize at the 2019 Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera International Song Competition, the Compulsory Song Prize and Recital Prize at the 2019 International Vocal Competition in 's-Hertogenbosch, 1st prize at the 2019 Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards, winner of the 2018 Oxford Lieder Young Artists Platform, the 2017 Paul Hamburger Prize for Lieder and the 2017 Franz-Schubert-Institut Competition. She is proud to be a City Music Foundation Artist, Samling Artist, Oxford Lieder Young Artist and a Britten-Pears Young Artist. Harriet was a member of the Guildhall Opera School where she graduated with Distinction on the Artist Diploma programme.

Harriet is a member of staff at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and in 2021/2022 will be leading Voiceworks: Contemporary Collaborations and working on the Wigmore Voiceworks project. Harriet is also the vocal coach to the choristers of St Mary Merton and singing teacher to both the girl (Frideswide Voices) and boy choristers of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford.

Annika Lindskog

Lecturer in Swedish and Scandinavian Studies at Department of Scandinavian Studies (SELCS) at UCL

Annika Lindskog's teaching spans language, cultural studies and cultural history in the Nordic region and beyond. She has published on a variety of topics including landscape ideology, collective identity and representations of north, in particular focussing on classical music as a cultural expression in dialogue with its context. Recent publications include a co-edited volume, Introduction to Nordic Cultures, published by UCL Press (2020). She is also a professional language coach for singers and choirs in the UK taking on the Nordic repertoire.

Daniel Grimley

Head of Humanities Division, Associate Head of Division (Research), Professor of Music and Douglas Algar Tutorial Fellow in Music at Merton College

Daniel Grimley's research is focused on late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century music, especially in Scandinavia (Grieg, Sibelius, Carl Nielsen) and England (Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Delius). Drawing widely on analytical, historical and critical theoretical models, it examines landscape both as a medium of representation or description and as a mode of embodiment or performance. It is in particular concerned with the ways in which landscapes shape our responses to music and sound, and equally the extent to which our sense of landscape and environment responds to patterns or fields of acoustic perception. Some key publications include monographs on Edvard Grieg and Carl Nielsen, and in 2018 on Delius, Delius and the Sound of Place (CUP).