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The British Museum Citole: New Perspectives

Stevenson Theatre, British Museum


Provisional Schedule of Events


Thursday, 4 November, 2010


9:00-9:30         Registration

9:30-9:45         Welcome: James Robinson. Curator, Department of Prehistory and Europe, British Museum.


Session 1:  Science and  Conservation of the British Museum Citole

Moderator: James Robinson

9:45-10:15       Susan la Niece and Caroline Cartwright. Department of Conservation and Scientific Research, British Museum,  The Science Behind the Art

10:15-10:45     Philip Kevin. Department of Conservation and Scientific Research, British Museum. Preparing the Citole for Display in the New Medieval Gallery

10:45-11:15     Chris Egerton. RCA/V&A Conservation. Head to Tail: Three Discoveries About The Age, History and Function of the Citole.


11:15-11:45     Coffee break


Session 2:  Art History: The Art of the British Museum Citole

Moderator: Naomi Speakman

11:45-12:15     Ann Marie Glasscock. The British Museum Citole: Iconography and the ‘Horror Vacui’

12:15-12:45     Phillip Lindley. University of Leicester, UK. (title to be confirmed)


12:45-2:15       Lunch


Session 3:  Medieval Citoles in Art and Literature

Moderator: Lewis Jones

2:15-2:45         Mary Remnant. The Citole in English Medieval Art

2:45-3:15         Alice Margerum. London Metropolitan University, UK.‘Alioquin Deficeret Hic Instrumentum Illud Multum Vulgare’: A Brief Overview of  Citoles in Art and Literature c.1200-1400


3:15-3:45         Tea break


Session 4:  Tuning and Stringing of Citoles and Related Instruments

Moderator: Daniel Larson

3:45-4:15         John Koster. National Music Museum, University of South Dakota, USA. Strings and Theories of Stringing in the Times of the Citole and Early Cittern

4:15-4:45         Crawford Young. Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Basel, CHE. The Cithara of Mercury: A Well-Tuned Cetula


4:45-7:00         Dinner Break


Session 5:  Performance Practice for Medieval Citoles

Moderator: Marc Lewon

7:00-7:30         Mauricio Molina. Conservatorio de Girona, ESP.‘Li autres la citole mainne’: Towards a Reconstruction of the Citole’s Performance Practice

7:30-8:00         Mark Rimple. West Chester University, PA, USA. Techniques for the Unaccompanied Performance of Medieval Estampies on a Reproduction of the British Museum Citole: a lecture-demonstration.


Friday, 5 November, 2010


9:00-9:30         Arrival


Session 1:  Instruments in Medieval Culture and Society

Moderator: Jeremy Montagu

9:30-10:00       Dorota Poplawska.  Grazyna Bacewicz Primary and Secondary School of Music, Warsaw, POL. Historical Musical 
                        Instruments in Poland: The 15th century Gittern of Elbląg

10:00-10:30     Richard Rastall. University of Leeds, UK. Citolers in the Late-Medieval English Royal Households

10:30-11:00     Carey Fleiner. University of Delaware, USA. Heroes and Villains: The Medieval “Guitarist” in the Middle Ages and Modern Parallels

11:00-11:30     Andrew Taylor. University of Ottawa, CAN. ‘Citole i ot’: The Courtly Associations of the Fourteenth-Century Citole


11:30-12:00     Coffee


Session 2:  Queen Elizabeth I, Her Music and Instruments: I

Moderator: Mary Springfels

12:00-12:30     Ben Hebbert. West Dean College, UK. The Sixteenth-century Additions to the British Museum Citole: Their Extent and Importance

12:30-1:00       Katherine Butler. Royal Holloway, University of London, UK.  ‘Sometime Singing like an Angel, Sometime Playing like Orpheus’: Queen Elizabeth I and the Politics of Musical Performance


1:00-2:00         Lunch


Session 3:  Queen Elizabeth I, Her Music and Instruments: II

2:00-2:30         Annett C. Richter. University of Missouri, USA. An Intimate View of Queen Elizabeth I as a Musician: Sources in Context

2:30-3:00         Kate Buehler-McWilliams. University of Minnesota, USA. Dudley’s Penance: The Gift of a Musical Instrument at Elizabeth’s Court


3:00-3:30         Tea


Session 4:  Conclusion

3:30-4:30         Roundtable discussion




Friday Evening Event, 5 November 2010

7:30     As a complement to the symposium, there will be a concert at the priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great, West Smithfield, City of London, EC1A.

Crossing Borders: An Entertainment Inspired By Images of Jongleurs and Clerks in Illuminated French and English Psalters.

Tickets available at the door (cash or cheque only): £15 general admission, £5 concession.