Creating opportunities for cross-disciplinary conversation is central to our aim of fostering inquiry about the role of song in the nineteenth century. This page contains information about past and future events hosted by the Nineteenth-Century Song Club and its members.

Quarter Sessions

During the COVID pandemic, we found ourselves unable to travel to the physical meetings we had planned and so we shifted the focus of our activities to small, regular online meetings, approximately once every 3 months, which we call our Quarter Sessions. These are opportunities for the board members to update each other on projects in development, share work in progress, and invite collaborators to join us. We like these sessions, and plan to continue them even as travel becomes possible again.

Walter Scott and Song Online Symposium


This online symposium, jointly organized with the University of Aberdeen’s Walter Scott Research Centre, will take place as part of the Scott 250 celebrations. Further details about this and related events available on the University of Aberdeen Scott 250 Celebrations webpage.

Quarter Session 5: Sound and Song

May 23 2022

Presenter: James Grande (Kings College London) and Carmel Raz (Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetic, Frankfurt, Germany)

Sound and Sense in British Romanticism

“On Popular Song” from Ana María Ochoa Gautier Aurality: Listening and Knowledge in Nineteenth Century Colombia

Guests: Hannah Scott (Newcastle) and Matt Kilbane (Notre Dame)

Quarter Session 4: Circulation

August 18 2021

Presenter: James Mulholland (North Carolina State)

An Indian It-Narrative and the Problem of Circulation: Reconsidering a Useful Concept for Literary Study
Before the Raj

Guests: Harriet Boyd-Bennett (Nottingham), Julia Hamilton (Columbia), Emily MacGregor (KCL)

Quarter Session 3: Opera On the Move

April 30 2021

Presenters: Jo Hicks and Kathy Fry

Kathy Fry: Orchestral Acoustics between Bayreuth and London;
Jo Hicks: Opera History the Travel Edition

Guests: Laura Protano-Biggs (Johns Hopkins), Francesco Vella (Cambridge)

Quarter Session 2: Protest Song

January 12 2021

Presenter: Oskar Cox Jensen

Protest Song

Quarter Session 1: Sonic Chartism

September 15 2020

Presenter: David Kennerley

‘Scots wha hae’ and Chartist song culture