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CANDELMAS TERM 2019
Wednesday, 11 December 2019
St. Katharine’s Lodge, Room 1.10
Jack Abernethy, PhD Candidate
“A spark of heit and miscontentment:” Bloodfeud in the Scots-Dutch Brigade, c. 1574-1630
Scottish soldiers who served in the Dutch Republic during the Eighty Years’ War (1568-1648) faced danger both on and off the battlefield. The first Scottish colonel in Dutch service lost his life in 1574, not to a Spanish bullet or pike, but in a duel with his subordinate, and the very man who would go on to succeed him. In 1604, Captain Henry Bruce killed his fellow captain, William Hamilton, in a duel at The Hague, sparking a conflict with Hamilton’s family that would reach its boiling point two decades later when Bruce returned to Scotland. These were not isolated incidents. Both these two cases and further examples of violence—or attempted violence—between the soldiers and officers of the Scots-Dutch Brigade will be examined over the course of this paper. By comparing the Scots to their English counterparts in the Anglo-Dutch Brigade, the paper will explore the relationships soldiers had with each other off the battlefield and will place these episodes within the wider contexts of martial discipline, honor and “bloodfeud” in early modern Scotland.
Percy Leung, PhD Candidate
Entertaining the Populations with Enemies’ Music: The Performance Practices and the Concert Hall Reception of the Berliner Philharmoniker and the London Symphony Orchestra during the First World War.
In the current literature, historians of First World War visual arts, theatre, cinema, literature and other cultural productions, in both Germany and Britain, unequivocally argued that the cultural productions in their fields attempted to galvanise the populations by adopting a xenophobic and hostile attitude towards the enemy. Through my paper, I will challenge this widely-held notion and underline that classical music productions did not share the nationalistic and stereotypical perspectives adopted by other cultural productions. Furthermore, I will investigate how the performances of both the Berliner Philharmoniker and the London Symphony Orchestra, the most notable musical organisations in their country at the time, were received by the critics and audiences, and explore why Beethoven had become a controversial figure throughout the war.