Eloquence in sound and stone: English music and alabaster images, 1380-1520 - A symposium and concert

The Dome Room, 3rd Floor, Bramall Music Building (R12)
Arts and Law, Research
Friday 4th November 2016 (10:30)
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To book for the symposium contact Professor Andrew Kirkman at a.kirkman@bham.ac.uk

Coronation of the Virgin - Barber Institute of Fine Arts

A symposium addressing internationally influential English traditions - in both visual art and music - at a time of great artistic invention and political turbulence.

The Symposium (preceding and following the lunchtime concert) has limited capacity for auditors and participants.


  • 10:30: Arrival/coffee
  • 11:00: Introductory session on music in the long fifteenth century and its relation to contemporary alabasters (including contemporary settings and functions): Philip Weller (University of Nottingham) and Magnus Williamson (University of Newcastle)
  • 11:45: Anne Harris (De Pauw University, Indiana, via Skype), 'From Stone to Statue: the Geology and Art of English Alabaster Panels'
  • 12:30: buffet lunch
  • 13:10-14:00: Illustrated concert by the Binchois Consort showcasing themes linking music and alabaster (Barber Concert Hall)
  • 14:30: Sarah Danays (sculptor in alabaster, Los Angeles), 'Alabaster: Sacred Skin, Sacred Stone: The work of sculptor Sarah Danays and her dead collaborators'
  • 15:00: Kim Woods (the Open University), 'Alabaster, Sound and Religious Practice'
  • 15:30: Sam Riches (the University of Lancaster), 'St George and the Virgin Mary in English Alabaster – scarce evidence of a lost oral tradition'
  • 16:00: Closing discussion
  • 16:30: Coffee and close

Admission: To book for the symposium contact Professor Andrew Kirkman at a.kirkman@bham.ac.uk

Venue: The Dome, Bramall Music Building

Admission: Free