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Musica Scotica 2018: 800 years of Scottish Music

Musica Scotica's Thirteenth Annual Conference

Friday and Saturday, 20 and 21 April, 2018

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

Call for Papers for the 2018 Conference

Since 2005, the Musica Scotica Trust has conducted an annual conference during the last weekend of April each year. The 2018 conference will be held at the The Tolbooth, Stirling on Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21, 2018

Papers for the 2018 conference, 20 minutes in length (we allow 30 minutes for paper and questions), are invited on any aspect of Scottish music, current or historical. Topics presented in previous years have included chant, dance, fiddle and bagpipe music, Scottish flute, mediaeval harp technique, Gaelic and Scottish song, manuscript sources, archives, music publishing, the Scottish diaspora, opera performance, cultural organisations, music education, sectarianism, music iconography and papers not only about Scottish composers both past and present, but also papers given by contemporary composers.

Please submit an abstract (250 words) as a Word document or rtf file by the end of November 2017. It should be sent to:- You will be notified by mid-December if your abstract has been accepted.

A poster session may be included; delegates are invited to indicate whether they would be interested in availing themselves of this opportunity.

The conference fee is 70 (students 45).

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The Registration Form for the 2018 conference (PDF version) is available here.

The Programme (final version) for the 2018 conference (PDF version) is available here.

The Brochure (with abstracts etc) for the 2018 conference (PDF version) is available here.

The Programme for the concert by Scottish Voices and Martin Jones (piano) at 5.30pm on Saturday April 21 (PDF version) is available here.

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.

Accommodation is available in the neighbourhood of The Tolbooth. Details here, along with information about getting to the Tolbooth

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All best wishes; and we look forward to a great conference with lots of exciting papers! Karen McAulay For Musica Scotica