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Musica Scotica 2019: 800 years of Scottish Music

Musica Scotica's Fourteenth Annual Conference

Friday May 3rd to Sunday May 5th 2019

The Tolbooth
Jail Wynd
Stirling, FK8 1DE
Scotland, UK

Call for Papers for the 2019 Conference

The Annual Conference of The Musica Scotica Trust will take place at the Tolbooth, Stirling on Friday May 3rd to Sunday May 5th 2019. The conference organisers welcome papers on all aspects of the music of Scotland and the Scottish diaspora. In 2019, as a particular theme, we will celebrate the 60th birthday of the composer James MacMillan, who will be present at the conference. The conference will also feature a performance of MacMillan's music.

We invite submissions for:

individual papers (20 min. including any music examples)

lecture recitals (30 min.) (piano available)

themed sessions (1.5 hours in total)

panel or round-table discussions (1 hour)

poster presentations

We would particularly welcome papers on the music of James MacMillan any aspect of his compositional processes, or on Scottish influences on his music, such as pre-Reformation choral music, Robert Carver, Gaelic psalm-singing, pibroch, folk song, music in the Catholic Liturgy etc. As in previous years, we also welcome papers on any other aspect of music in or from Scotland, and of any genre. In line with the Trust's aim of supporting and nurturing those engaged in early career research, we particularly encourage submissions from younger researchers.

Please send abstracts (max. 300 words), including a title, along with a short biography (max. 100 words) as an RTF, Pages or Word file to

Please also use this address for any queries.

The closing date for receipt of proposal abstracts is Wednesday October 31 and acceptances will be notified by early December. We anticipate that the cost for the full conference will be in the region of 99 (50 - concessions) with rates for half or single day participation available. Information on local accommodation will be available for participants.

The Tolbooth has a laptop available but there is a hire charge. So if possible, speakers should bring their laptops. Professor Hair will bring his laptop, which others may use. It's a Linux machine, but most of the common PC programs seem to work on it. Any Mac users will need to bring their own dongle to connect to the projector. Professor McGregor will also bring his Mac. Audio files are best embedded, but if just bringing a data stick it would be wise to include a folder with the audio files on the stick. The audio connection to the projector is via VGA, but there is a VGA to HDMI adaptor. Any other questions: call Rab Buchanan on 01786 274015.

Musica Scotica is a charity registered in Scotland, No SC031930.