Online Resource - The Legacy of Migrant Musicians from Nazi-Europe in Britain
Welcome to this online resource, which combines materials generated by the RCM’s major practice-led research project ‘Music, Migration and Mobility’ (funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council) and previous projects. Here you can find in-depth stories, biographical information about featured musicians, professionally filmed oral history interviews as well as sheet music editions and recordings of featured works.
The unprecedented wave of emigration of highly skilled musicians from Nazi-Europe in the 1930s and 40s had a lasting impact on musical culture in Britain, the United States and many other countries. Many of them were Jewish, and often their family members and friends were displaced by or murdered in the Holocaust. In Britain, major cultural institutions like the BBC, the Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne Opera, publishers and conservatoires all employed émigré musicians. Indeed today’s international professional classical music scene owes much to their contribution, which we aim to celebrate.
The cross-disciplinary research underpinning this resource is led by artistic practice, exploring the stylistically diverse and often multilingual music of émigré composers in performance, combined with archival research, oral history research and geographical research informed by mobility studies.
This online resource is curated by RCM professor Norbert Meyn.