Performing Medieval Text Website now up!

This graduate interdisciplinary conference will be held at Oxford, 10-11 May 2013. CFP still open! Deadline Feb. 2013.

Chester Mystery Plays Looking for Young Medieval Singers

An article in the Flintshire Chronicle says the cast of the 2013 Chester Plays has been chosen and the producers are now looking for young people between the ages of 7 and 17 to act and sing in the plays. Acting workshops will be held on January 12 and 19 at Chester Cathedral.

Medieval Song and Subjectivity

Check out Elizabeth Eva Leach's review, in Early Music 40.3, of Judith Peraino's book on subjectivity in late trouvère song. The title of Peraino's 2011 book is Giving voice to love: song and self-expression from the troubadours to Guillaume de Machaut (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011).

MSN website moves to new host

The MSN website has moved to a new host server at Royal Holloway, University of London. Users should experience no changes to the way they access or use the site but as always please let us know if you encounter any bugs. We are grateful to the IT staff at Royal Holloway for taking over the hosting of our site.

New blog entry: Music, mud...and manuscripts: Medieval contributions to the 2012 Fanø Free Folk Festival

The quiet Danish island of Fanø is not perhaps the first place that springs to mind as a venue for a smörgåsbord of experimental music. Yet Fanø certainly out-hipped Soho during the 27th to the 29th of July, when it played host to the Fanø Free Folk Festival. The event is in its third year of showcasing performers who dare to experiment with the traditional.

New blog post: Review of Medieval Oral Literature, ed. Karl Reichl

Emma Gorst, Kate Maxwell and Sophie Sawicka-Sykes review the weighty tome, Medieval Oral Literature (Berlin; Boston: De Gruyter, c2012; 743 pp.), offering a close reading of chapters on lyric and romance narrative forms. 

Performance contexts: update

Karl Reichl has given us an insight into his research activity since September:

Stanza forms in Middle English romances and lyrics: update

 Ad Putter writes to us about his continuing research:

The literary theory of vernacular song: update

 Ingrid Nelson tells us how she has further developed her material on the literary theory of vernacular song:

Music and poetry in the Latin Conductus: update

Eva Maschke writes to us about the afterlife of her Porta salutis ave talk, given at the September 2011 workshop:

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