Songs with or without words?

Tuesday 25 October 2016, 2.00PM to 3.30pm

Speaker(s): Richard Powell

Working out the best way of presenting pieces of music in a concert isn’t always easy. Sometimes we’re so focused on preparing the music and drumming up an audience that it seems there just isn’t time to consider fully what should go in the printed programme, whether to speak at any point, and if so what to say. How much information should we provide about the music? Would listeners find it more interesting to try and find their own way through a sonata, or will letting them know what Schubert had for breakfast before he put pen to manuscript paper allow them to hear it in a whole new way? Breakfast menus aside, the way we present works – whether intentionally or accidentally – can quite profoundly affect the way in which people might hear them.

This session will explore ways of communicating with the audience verbally or through print that might allow us to harness this power in a positive way to enhance the concert experience for the audience.

Location: D008