richard witts

Edge Hill’s Dr Richard Witts, Reader of Music and Sound, has helped organise Queering Musicology, which will take place in London next month.

Queering Musicology is a one-day social event which invites musicologists interested in queer studies to network amongst colleagues in an informal setting, ahead of the symposium on the same topic which will be held at Edge Hill next summer.

The event, which has been organised by the LGBTQ+ Study Groups of the Royal Music Association and British Forum for Ethnomusicology, will include an opening roundtable held by the organisers, some time for mingling, brainstorming activities for future projects, and entertainment and socialising at a local venue.

Dr Richard Witts is the former lead singer of 1980s band The Passage, and is also a representative of the Royal Music Association for this project.

“I’m part of a quartet representing a range of specialist music institutions across Europe,” said Dr Witts. “We wish to develop an active forum to study the history and current state of issues around sexual orientation and gender identity in the field of music. A notable area of music that has only recently been recognised in academic life, it connects for example the gender-fluid identities of Miley Cyrus and St. Vincent with the drag-queen personas of Eurovision’s Conchita Wurst and Gerald Barry’s version of Lady Bracknell in his opera hit The Importance of Being Earnest.”

Queering Musicology will take place on Saturday 5th November at Bedford Square, London. Click here for more information and to register.