Public Research Seminar: Dr Annika Forkert: The Conducting Personas of Edward Clark
Public Research Seminar Series
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The Conducting Personas of Edward Clark
Speaker: Dr Annika Forkert - Royal Northern College of Music
How did conductors in the early twentieth century navigate the radical changes of their time – a musical world impacted by broadcasting and modernism and the wider world around them marked by war, fascism, and other upheavals? I will seek to throw some light on this question by exploring the professional fate of the little-known English conductor, programmer, and BBC administrator Edward Clark, and his struggle to promote his aesthetics and perform his favourite music from 1919 to 1960 between London, Moscow and Darlington.
Originally from Munich, Annika Forkert is a Lecturer in Music at the Royal Northern College of Music. She is a musicologist with research interests in twentieth-century Western music, especially modernism, microtonal music, and female composers in Britain. Annika came to the UK with a Magistra Artium degree in Musicology and Philosophy from Humboldt-University Berlin and after her PhD at Royal Holloway London worked at Liverpool Hope University and the University of Bristol. Current projects include a book on Elisabeth Lutyens and Edward Clark, and a radio feature on Delia Derbyshire.