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The Reflective Conservatoire Conference 2015

Creativity and Changing Cultures

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Thursday 26 February - Sunday 1 March 2015

The Guildhall School of Music & Drama’s Reflective Conservatoire Conference is held every three years and is an established feature of the international events calendar.

The Conference brings together leading performers, teachers and researchers from all over the world to address the key issues in Higher Education within music and drama, explored through a series of performances, practical workshops, keynote speeches, curated sessions, seminars and round-table discussions.

The 4th international Reflective Conservatoire Conference, ‘Creativity and Changing Cultures’, will take place in London at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama (including our flagship new building, Milton Court) and the Barbican Centre from Thursday 26 February to Sunday 1 March 2015.

For more information and to register your interest, please email conference2015@gsmd.ac.uk

Book your tickets for the conference here.

Themes in 2015, with possible areas of interest:

Creativity, playfulness and improvisation - artistic development - experiential learning

Interdisciplinary connections
 - meeting points
 - shared values
 - collaboration
 - interrogating differences between art forms

The world in 2020 and beyond
 - conservatoires in society

Viewpoints on the developing artist
 - flow of exchange between teachers, alumni and professionals

Keynote speakers in 2015 include:

  • Ricardo Castro: pianist, conductor and founder of Brazil’s NEOJIBA youth music training programme
  • Liz Lerman: choreographer, dancer, educator, writer, and creator of the Critical Response Process, a rigorous feedback system for developing work in progress

Conference Director: Professor Helena Gaunt, Assistant Principal (Research and Academic Development)

Call for Papers now open!

We welcome proposals in the following categories related to the Conference Themes:

(please see guidance notes for submissions here)

The deadline to submit an abstract proposal is Monday 14 July 2014.
All outcomes will be known by Friday 26 September 2014.

Past Conference titles:
2012 - Performing at the Heart of Knowledge
2009 - Building Connections
2006 - Apprentices and Sorcerers?

The location of the School within the City of London and being close to London's theatre life is a great advantage!

Karin Singh
BA Technical Theatre Arts

One of the most attractive things about the School is the variety of people and cultures, helping me to feel at home.

Susana Gaspar
Postgraduate Vocal Studies

London is a cosmopolitan city, so I have the opportunity to experience many different cultures which broaden my artistic horizons.

Ella Rundle
BMus Cello

When you walk into Guildhall, the whole foyer feels alive and bustling. It’s this atmosphere that got me to accept my place here.

Katharina Houy
BA Technical Theatre Arts

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