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On 17 June, MOMA Machynlleth will host a one-day conference and concert to coincide with the end of the Roger Cecil exhibition, on the subject of landscape abstraction in art, music and literature.


10 am Registration and coffee

10.30 Dr Peter Wakelin, Roger Cecil Curator
Welcome: Abstracting the Landscape

11.00 Professor Jeff Wallace, Cardiff Metropolitan University
What do we want from abstraction?

11.45 Dr Kate Romano, Goldfield Ensemble
Invisible Places and Imaginary Landscapes in Music

12.20 Break to view exhibition
Bring a packed lunch or eat in Machynlleth

13.45 Professor Mike Tooby, Bath School of Art and Design
‘Do not put colours what do not belong’: Alfred Wallis and the idea of abstraction

14.15 Professor David Alan Mellor, University of Sussex
Lyrical Landscape Abstraction: Neo-Romance to Hockney

14.45 Discussion: abstracting landscapes in practice
Writer: Tom Bullough (Addlands, Konstantin, The Claude Glass, A)
Painter: Kate Corbett-Winder
Composer: Piers Partridge (The Big Field, Water Break its Neck, Bowl of Plums)

16.00 Tea

16.45 Concert – Music and Landscape, The Goldfield Ensemble:
Nicola Goldscheider (violin), Kate Romano (clarinet), Richard Uttley (piano)
1. Peter Maxwell Davies, Mrs Linklater’s Tune for Solo Violin (1998)
2. Claude Debussy, Violin Sonata (1917)
3. Benjamin Britten, Sailing, from Holiday Diary, op.5 (1934)
4. William Alwyn, Conversations for Violin, Clarinet and Piano (1950)
5. Kaija Saariaho, Duft for Solo Clarinet (2012)
6. John Ireland, Fantasy Sonata for Clarinet and Piano (1943)
7. Peter Maxwell Davies, Farewell to Stromness (1980)

18.00 Bar open

To register, please visit

For more details, please click here to download a copy of the conference flyer.

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