RNCM Holocaust Memorial Lecture: belonging and not belonging

Bohm-Duchen, M. and Meyn, N. (2020) RNCM Holocaust Memorial Lecture: belonging and not belonging. In: The Sir John Manduell Research Forum Series, 29 January 2020, Forman Lecture Theatre, Royal Northern College of Music. (Unpublished)


This lecture was given by Monica Bohm-Duchen and Norbert Meyn at the Royal Northern College of Music in January 2020. Art historican Monica Bohm-Duchen is the initiator and Creative Director of the year-long, nationwide Insiders/Outsiders Festival which celebrated the contribution made to British culture by refugees from Nazi-dominated Europe in a wide range of different media. Monica explained her motives for undertaking this ambitious project and – since the festival officially ended in March 2020 – considered the ways in which it was received and the longer-term impact she hopes it will have on keeping the all-important concept of cultural cross-fertilisation firmly in the public eye. Norbert's contribution was based on the AHRC-funded research project Music, Migration and Mobility, which explores the legacy of migrant musicians from Nazi Europe in Britain through practical music making, archival research and mapping. Norbert performed songs by émigré composers Peter Gellhorn (1912-2004) and Karl Rankl (1898-1968) and discussed the challenges in contextualising, researching and marketing this repertoire today. He also gave an outline of the repertoire written by these émigrés in Britain and shared his experience from performing this at the RCM and with his professional group, Ensemble Émigré. A video recording of this lecture is available on the RNCM website at this link: https://moodle.rncm.ac.uk/moodle2_3/course/view.php?id=8

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