Social activities

After the conference, a dinner (optional) will take place at the restaurant Amarcord Museum. The cost is £16, to include: a Classic Italian Pasta OR Freshly hand stretched Pizza (please see highlighted options in the Menu) PLUS mixed salad with homemade vinaigrette dressing AND Glass of House Red or White, water or soft drink.

Participants must book and pay for dinner when registration opens (see more details under ‘Registration’). Please note that it will be possible on the day to order extra items or order from the a la carte menu, but you will be responsible for paying the difference.

On the evening before the conference, conference co-organiser Dr Eva Moreda Rodriguez will offer a free lecture-recital at the Guildhall College of Music on ‘The beginnings of recorded music in Spain’. This will be open to both conference participants and the general public, and will include performances of several zarzuela arias by Guildhall singing students.
There’s no need to book a separate ticket for the recital; you can find more details here.

Abstract: The lecture-recital will cover, through both historical recordings and live performance, the beginnings (1896-1914) of commercial recorded music in Spain, both in the hands of multinationals such as Gramophone and Victor, and small-scale local businesses (the so-called ‘gabinetes fonográficos’) which recorded on wax cylinders. Particular attention will be paid to the first Spanish opera and zarzuela singers to record for the phonograph and gramophone; their names might be scarcely known nowadays, but their voices open up a fascinating window on the singing techniques and repertoires that Spaniards were familiar with around 1900.