Exploding the Canon (making room for more) - Music Research Colloquia

A presentation by Michael Harper, Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) and The Guildhall School of Music and Drama.


What sparked the awareness of a burgeoning African-diaspora Renaissance? What made the Euro-centric nations wake up to artistic movements that already existed but rarely got any attention? Certainly, the death of George Floyd was one of the sparks that ignited the “canon”, but it was only one -things were already in train.

In the past few years, there has been a push for change and inclusion led by government initiatives, organisations, and individuals.  “Exploding the Canon” will explore the work that is being done to diversify and be more inclusive. Specific attention will be given to art song and opera.

About Michael Harper

Michael Harper has sung in opera and concerts throughout Europe, the US, and in China -premiering new works at the Royal Opera House Linbury Theatre and Clore Studio Upstairs, Megaron (Athens), Biennale Danza (Venice), China National Orchestra, Ballet Grand Theâtre de Genève and the Institute for Contemporary Arts (ICA, London). 

He has worked as a vocal consultant for the Gulbenkian Foundation , Den Norske Opera,  English National Opera, National Opera Studio, Guildhall School of Music and Drama. And, curated and performed in  recital programmes for the London Song Festival, Buxton International Festival, St John’s Smith Square, and the Barbican.

He teaches singing at the Royal Northern College of Music and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Join the event

Join in person in Music LT2 or online via Zoom at the scheduled time.

This event is part of the 2023-24 School of Music Research Colloquia.