Classical music conference at King’s College, London

The first of several SPARC conference outings today, to London for the ‘Classical Music as Contemporary Socio-Cultural Practice’ conference at King’s College, London.  Stephanie and Katy presented the ‘lapsed participants’ strand of our Cultural Value project, and found interesting connections with Anna Bull’s work on conductor style and influence in …

SPARC in Cardiff

The first of a run of conference trips for Sarah and Lucy today, who presented their research in progress at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Postgraduate Research Conference, ‘Shifting Perspectives: Approaches to Music Performance Research’.  Their paper ‘Getting “bums on seats”: The struggles of negotiating audience, ensemble and …

Another visit to Birmingham

Fellow audience researchers, Tim Wall, Paul Long and Jez Collins invited Stephanie Pitts to give a research seminar at Birmingham City University, where she enjoyed interdisciplinary discussions on ways of engaging audiences in research and understanding their experiences. Further discussions with colleagues at Birmingham Contemporary Music Group followed, exploring possibilities …

IAPS 22 in Glasgow

Chris Spencer has presented a paper on behalf of the SPARC team at the International Association of People-Environment Studies in Glasgow. With the title Symphony and the City: place-  and organizational-attachment of concert audiences and orchestral players, the paper used theories from environmental psychology to understand performer and audience interactions in …

SPARC launch meetings

SPARC was launched in June 2010 with a symposium on Qualitative Research with Audiences at the University of Sheffield’s Humanities Research Institute. The symposium brought together UK researchers from disciplines including arts management, marketing, psychology and music to share methodological approaches and to discuss future directions for audience research in …