what is distinctive about lyric performance?

music and words
Singers, pianists, actors, poets, composers, musicologists: join us and join the discussion
SONG PERFORMANCE SYMPOSIUM 26 & 27 JUNE 2015, 9.30-17.00 ROYAL CENTRAL SCHOOL OF SPEECH & DRAMA, LONDON Organiser: Professor Paul Barker (Royal Central School of Speech & Drama) Co-chairs: Professor Amanda Glauert (Royal College of Music); Dr Kathryn Whitney (IMR)
Summary A celebration and exploration of lyric through performance and debate, involving singers, poets, composers, instrumentalists, directors and academics. The research questions include, but are not limited to, embodiment, liveness, relationships between words and music, relationships between the dramatic and the lyric, and the application of lyric beyond song. With a Keynote Address by opera and musical director Jo Davies, which itself will be a practice as research demonstration and performance, the two days will comprise performances across many genres and styles of music which seek to address the central question from different perspectives through practice as research. Our speakers included professional singers, pianists, actors, poets, clowns, composers, musicologists, and literary theorists. The study day featured a series of lecture-demonstrations - each including both discussion and live performance - and a moderated panel discussion.