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Shona Mooney & Andy Watt - The Castle Keep, Newcastle

Musical Life Outside of London 1500-1800

This study day considers both professional and amateur musical life beyond the political, economic and cultural capital of England alongside musical relationships between London and the wider British nations and regions. Underpinning localised case studies to be presented and discussed at the study day will be three broad interconnected themes: musical networks and communities; modes of circulation; and surviving musical and music-related sources that illuminate the ways in which music, musical tastes and practices circulated beyond and outside the English capital.

This study day will be the first in a series focusing on these themes, leading to the publication of a collection of essays - the next study day is proposed for 2015. Details will be announced in the Autumn.

Hosted by Newcastle University and The Old Newcastle Project, this study day is part of the SIEGE! Festival, commemorating the 1644 siege and storming of Newcastle. The study day will be held in the recently refurbished Black Gate, the medieval gatehouse to Newcastle’s Norman castle.

To round off the study day, there will be a concert in the Great Hall of the Castle Keep. Shona Mooney and Andy Watt will perform tunes from the Newcastle-based, seventeenth-century Henry Atkinson manuscript alongside music known to have circulated in North-East England and the Scottish Borders in the seventeenth century. Shona was recipient of the 2006 BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year. Details of the concert, and to reserve a ticket, please

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