Friday 28th - Saturday 29th June 2013

Friday 28th - Saturday 29th June 2013

Worlds in Collision: Music and the Trauma of War

2013 Conference - Mansion House, London (Friday 28 & Saturday 29 June)

Click HERE to watch the conference on Youtube

This event had live subtitles for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing visitors, delivered by STAGETEXT, generously supported by the National Association of Deafened People

Conference brochure can be downloaded HERE.

In partnership with the

City of London Festival

In association with

The Army, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Institute of Musical Research, Kings Centre for Military Health Research,
Scars of War Foundation, Queens College Oxford

This two-day conference brought together musicians, music therapists, arts practitioners, psychiatrists, neuroscientists, historians and soldiers to address important questions.  What is the relationship between art and war?  What have been the responses of artists to post-traumatic stress disorder? Is human creativity itself therapeutic?


Friday 28 June - The Application of Music to the Trauma of War

Old Ballroom, Mansion House.  Led by Nigel Osborne

9.00 Registration and coffee
Background music during registration and coffee provided by the four-piece
Band of the Adjutant General's Corps

10.00 Welcome (VIDEO)
The Right Hon The Lord Mayor, Roger Gifford

10.10 Music and Trauma (VIDEO)
Nigel Osborne

10.45 The AGC Band's most recent experiences working for soldiers, and civilians,
in Afghanistan (VIDEO)

Major Guy Booth and Band musicians

11.25 Coffee

11.45 Researching the cognitive neuroscience of the effects of war
Hugh McManners and Prof Morten Kringelbach

Music as a tool for improving sleep in post-traumatic stress disorder
Kira Vibe Jespersen

12.30 Song writing in Music Therapy for children (VIDEO)
Karen Diamond

How to create a song
a workshop with Nigel Osborne

1.30 Lunch

2.30 Shell Shock: How has it been viewed historically? (VIDEO)
Ben Shephard

2.55 Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Prof Sir Simon Wessely

3.30 Music Therapy in theatres of conflict: from Northern Ireland to Bosnia and beyond (VIDEO)
Dr Julie Sutton and Lord John Alderdice

4.25 Tea

4.45 Music Therapy and the treatment of trauma related to conflict (VIDEO)
Ann Sloboda

5.30 Is Creativity Therapeutic? Panel discussion (VIDEO)
Chaired by Nigel Osborne, with Lord Alderdice, Prof John Sloboda, Major Guy Booth, Prof Morten Kringelbach, Hugh McManners
and Major Guy Booth

6.00 Conference day ends

6.30-8 Experiential Music Therapy workshop at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Ann Sloboda


Saturday 29 June - The Response of Music to the Experience of War

Old Ballroom / Egyptian Hall, Mansion House.  Led by Stephen Johnson

10.00 Registration and coffee

10.45 Introduction (VIDEO)
Ian Ritchie, Artistic Director

10.55 Music Written in Response to War: from Bach to Shostakovich (VIDEO)
Stephen Johnson

11.45 How Music and Art have been used to Propagate War (VIDEO)
Alberto Portugheis

12.10 Music that Changed Sides (VIDEO)
Patrick Bade

12.45 Lunch

2.00 Military Music in Operational Theatres
Lt Col Bob Meldrum

2.45 Artistic responses to conflict (VIDEO)
Jemima Montagu, Lis Murphy, Emmanuela Yogolelo

3.55 War poetry and settings of war poems (VIDEO)
Stephen Johnson with Adrian Thompson, tenor and Anna Tilbrook, piano

4.35 Tea


Saturday 29 June 5.15pm

5.15 Pre-concert talk (Egyptian Hall) with Stephen Johnson and Nigel Osborne, chaired by Ian Ritchie

5.40 Pre-concert performance (Salon)

Brass Quintet of The Royal Artillery Band

Vaughan Williams Sea Songs

6.00 Concert (Egyptian Hall)

The Royal Artillery Band
Adrian Thompson, tenor
Captain Craig Hallatt, Director of Music

R. Strauss Festmusik der Stadt Wien
Philip Sparke Overture to a Great City
Butterworth Songs from A Shropshire Lad:
(arr Nigel Osborne) Loveliest of Trees - The Lads in their hundreds
Gurney Songs from the trenches:
(arr Nigel Osborne) In Flanders - Severn Meadows - Bierside - Such is Time
Grainger Irish Tune from County Derry
Osborne Medley of music by soldier-composers:
Bliss Dawn on the Somme - Butterworth The Banks of Green Willow -
Coles Sorrowful Dance - Farrar Lullaby - Gurney Prelude in F sharp -
Wallace Cradle Song - Vaughan Williams Seventeen Come Sunday

Interval (10 minutes)

Rob Wiffin Royal Gunners
Karl Jenkins Benedictus from The Armed Man
Various Suite of solos:
Bach Badinerie (tuba) - Lalo Andantino (violin) - Koenig Posthorn
Gallop (posthorns)

Coles Cortege from Behind the Lines
Walton Crown Imperial




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