A Study Day sponsored by the Royal Musical Association and a forum sponsored by the Lute Society, University of Huddersfield and Fitzwilliam College Cambridge


Celebrating John Dowland’s 450th Anniversary


An Event for Students and Professionals, Performers and Scholars

Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge 4-5 May 2013


To celebrate the 450th anniversary of Dowland’s birth, a special issue of Early Music will be dedicated to him, and a commemorative event will be held at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge on 4-5 May, where papers will be presented by the contributors to the publication.

Running alongside these events, the RMA Study Day will bring together research into all aspects of the life, works and reputation of John Dowland.

Complementing these two events, four concerts will cover the gamut of Dowland’s repertoire, two as part of the study day on 4 May (Jakob Lindberg with Emma Kirkby performing lute songs, and Nigel North performing lute solos) and two further concerts the next day (consort music and song with The Rose Consort of Viols, and Paul O’Dette performing a lute solo recital).  On Sunday, there will be a round table with the performers, along with master classes by Nigel North and Paul O’Dette.

In addition, there will be two separate master classes taught by Paul O’Dette and Nigel North (Sunday 5 May). Please enquire via the web form in these pages if you would like to play in a master class. We want to invite students in particular to take advantage of this unique opportunity.

RMA Study Day Call for Papers:

We welcome contributions in all relevant areas including, John Dowland as:

▪   The teacher, performer, composer and poet
▪   The creator: authorship, borrowings and arrangements
▪   The traveller (Dowland the UK export)
▪   And his reputation, posthumous or otherwise
▪   In performance: hearing or responding to the music of Dowland
▪   And his contemporaries
▪   A personality, politics, religion, historiography

The study day is intended for all scholars and performers, especially graduate students and junior scholars who want to share their ideas. Proposals are welcome for 20-minute papers and 30-minute lecture recitals. We are also happy to consider proposals for other formats, such as posters and workshops. Proposals should be 250 words long, and proposals for lecture recitals should additionally include a list of works/extracts to be performed.

Send your submissions through the ‘Contact Us’ form (see navigation bar above).

Convenors: Hector Sequera, Francis Knights for overall conference, and David Lewis and Reinier de Valk for the RMA Study Day

Deadline for submissions: 22 March 2013. Notifications should be made by the end of March followed by the schedule. Information on registration will be soon forthcoming.

Here is a PDF of the RMA Study Day Call for Papers.


If you want to know more about our sponsors, please visit:

The Lute Society

The Royal Musical Association

University of Huddersfield (School of Music, Humanities and Media)

Fitzwilliam College – Cambridge


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