Research Seminar: Dr Jennifer Gall

Dr Jennifer Gall

Listening to the Past – Performing the Past

"Listening to the Past – Performing the Past: is an ongoing collaboration with ACT Historic Places in consultation with Sydney Living Museums and British Sound Heritage (University of Southampton). The projects interrogates the intersection of music and social history revealed in the music collections, period instruments, journals, newspaper reports and oral histories relating to ACT house museums. By engaging with experts in the field of historically informed performance practice and contemporary composers as well as members of the community, Listening to the Pastconnects historic music instruments and collections with new audiences. School of Music pre-tertiary students have been involved in a Master class in historically informed performance as part of the 2016-18 program. My talk will provide an overview of the project and a discussion about the issues raised at the recent 3 day symposium at the Royal College of Music -Sound Heritage: Making Music Matter in Historic Houses, April 1-3 2019."


Jennifer Gall is a musician, a writer and reviewer and a curator at the National Film and Sound Archive. She was educated at the University of New England and graduated with a doctorate in music from the ANU School of Music in 2008. Her dissertation was titled Redefining the Tradition: the role of Women in the Evolution of Australian Folk music. Building on this research she released two CDs: Cantara and Picking up the Threads using and reinterpreting women’s music from archival field recordings and manuscripts. From 2008 - April 2010 she was research officer for the Australian Research Council funded project, The role of the piano in Australian cultural History, working with Larry Sitsky and Geoffrey Lancaster at the School of Music. Her 2017 publication: Looking for Rose Paterson: How family bush life nurtured Banjo the poet, is founded on her interest in the place of women and their music-making in Australian social history.

Limited number of seats available in this Research Seminar, for the public (seats will be automatically reserved for School of Music students who attend research seminars for coursework). Public RSVP via this EventBrite listing.

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