Conservatoire public research seminars

Here are this year’s public research seminars by Birmingham Conservatoire. All are welcome to attend.


3.30–5.00 p.m.

Arena Foyer, Conservatoire

Dr George Kennaway (University of Huddersfield)

Diseased, or Just Vulgar – What is it about Vibrato?

Of all the topics that recur in discussions of historical performance, vibrato remains the most controversial. Whether missing when presumed needed, or present when held to be historically uninformed, it provokes reactions that would never be aroused by, say, contrametric rubato, arpeggiated chords on the piano, or even portamento. In this seminar George Kennaway, Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Huddersfield and professional cellist, looks again at reactions to vibrato and advice on its use from the eighteenth century onwards, not primarily to establish the considerable historical evidence for its restrained use, but rather to explore the feelings surrounding it: vibrato is often criticized as a lack of taste, a disease (or depravity), or as a sign of lower social class. Such terms invite wider speculation about the delimitation of musical discourse. Examples will be drawn from instrumental playing and singing, and reference will be made to modern vibrato controversies as well as historical sources.


CEBE Upcoming Research Seminars

Wednesday 29th March, 1pm

With Dr Abdel-Rahman Tawil (Centre for Cyber Security)

Using Semantic Technology for Knowledge and Data Representation with Applications in the Healthcare Domain

The Web, as it stands today, primarily depends on human understanding and the interpretation of the vast information space it encompasses. However, the Web was originally designed with a goal to support not only human interaction, but also automated machine processing of data with minimal human intervention.

At the heart of Semantic Web is semantic representation and reasoning of data using ontologies and knowledge engineering. The talk will present an overview for the need for semantic technology and its application in:

– Capturing the semantics of Electronic Health Records (EHR) using a medical ontology as part of a project funded by the public health services in Wales for communicable disease surveillance;

– The use of sensor technology, ontology modelling and engineering for the detection, capturing and recognition of daily life activities (ADLs).


For more information and to book your place at any of the seminars please contact Ian McDonald.