This study day explores what happened to music manuscripts once they outlived their original purposes. The few that escaped destruction frequently bear witness to customization, changing tastes, social turbulence, bad housekeeping and sharp practices. A series of case studies will be presented by James Burke, Sean Curran, Helen Deeming, Warwick Edwards, Eleanor Giraud and Elsa De Luca.
Associated event: Polyphonic Discoveries – matinée concert by the Binchois Consort, directed by Andrew Kirkman, St John the Baptist, Grainger Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, 4.00-5.00pm. This showcases music from the time of the Hundred Years War. Pride of place goes to the Petre Gradual, a fine medieval service book recently re-discovered in Newcastle University's Robinson Library; in association with the Newcastle Early Music Festival (details at http://www.ncl.ac.uk/events/kings-hall/nemf).
Booking: Tickets: £10 (adults), £6 (students and unwaged) includes lunch and ticket for concert. Please book in advance by contacting Katherine Butler at firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 April (and do advise us of any dietary requirements). Payment will be taken on the day.