Martin Shaw: His Music and His World

Martin Shaw

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A study day exploring the work of the pioneering and influential composer

Martin Shaw was a pioneering and influential figure in English musical life at the start of the 20th century, especially in terms of his contribution to music for theatre, education and worship. Join us for this study afternoon to explore aspects of his life and work.

The composer Martin Shaw (1875 – 1958) undertook a remarkably diverse array of activities in his career. He enjoyed an especially wide range of literary, musical and artistic associations (including with Ralph Vaughan Williams, Edward Gordon Craig, T S Eliot and Percy Dearmer), and was involved in pioneering and influential work in the fields of theatre music, music education, community music and music for worship.

This study day considers aspects of Shaw’s life and work, and how he and his archive (now available to researchers in the Reading Rooms at the British Library) can contribute to our understanding of aspects of wider artistic contexts of his time. 

Speakers include Professor Stephen Banfield, Dr Jonathan Clinch, Professor Jeremy Dibble, Professor John Harper, Mr Michael Meredith, Dr Paul Rodmell and Professor George Odam. 

The event also coincides with publication of The Greater Light, a comprehensive catalogue of Shaw’s works alongside writings by and about him, which will be formerly launched by the editors, Stephen Connock, and Martin Shaw’s grand-daughter, Isobel Montgomery Campbell.

Image: Martin Shaw, c.1936


Name: Martin Shaw: His Music and His World
Where: Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Full Price: £6.00
Member: £6.00
Senior 60+: £5.00
Student: £4.00
Registered Unemployed: £4.00
Under 18: £4.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546