Monday, June 3, 2019

A Celebration of Egon Wellesz, Lincoln College Oxford

A performance of music by emigre composers from Germany and Austria, including the UK premiere of the Stadler Lieder by Egon Wellesz. With Ingrid Pearson, clarinet, Norbert Meyn, tenor and Christopher Gould, piano.

Monday, March 11, 2019, 7.30pm

Robert Kahn - The Sprudeling Fountain

RCM Musicians perform a programme of music by Robert Kahn (1865-1951) at the Akademie der Künste Berlin.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Musical Migrants - Refugee Musicians from Germany and Austria in Britain

Lecture Recital by Norbert Meyn at Kings College London, joint research seminar, German and Music Departments.

Saturday, June 24, 2018

Music behind Barbed Wire - Burgess Foundation Manchester

RCM musicians and Ensemble Emigre perform music by Ferdinand Rauter, Hans Gal and Peter Gellhorn, former internees at the Warth Mills Internment Camp in Bury. Part of the HLF funded Warth Mills Project,


Thursday, June 14, 2018

Lecture Recital at AAM conference, San Antonio, Texas

Norbert Meyn introduces musical discoveries from the Singing a Song in a Foreign Land project at the Royal College of Music.


November 2017

Through Lotte's Lens, Film by Tony Britten includes music from RCM research project by Peter Gellhorn and Hans Gal

On November 5 and 6, 2017, with Norbert Meyn as musical advisor, RCM musicians and Ensemble Emigre filmed several musical numbers (by Peter Gellhorn and Hans Gál) and scenes for "Through Lotte's Lens", a film about the cultural contribution of the Hitler-emigres to Britain.

Sunday, October 22, 2017, Austrian Cultural Forum London, 11am 

Singers and Pianists from the Royal College of Music, Norbert Meyn (RCM) and Joseph Breinl (Kunstuniversität Graz)

The English Songs of Karl Rankl 

A workshop and performance exploring the little known English songs written by Rankl during WW2 in Oxford. A Schönberg pupil and friend of Hanns Eisler, Rankl became the first music director of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden after the war.

Supported by Zukunftsfonds Austria

Wednesday, May 17, 7pm, The Studio Theatre Douglas, Isle of Man and Tuesday, May 16, 7pm, Erin Arts Centre, Port Erin, Isle of Man

The Royal College of Music and Ensemble EMIGRE present

The Barbed Lyre - Leaves from the Isle of Man

Supported by Culture Vannin and the Isle of Man Arts Council

Sunday, April 2, 2017, 5.30pm, Liberal Jewish Synagogue London

The Barbed Lyre - Leaves from the Isle of Man

The Royal College of Music, Ensemble EMIGRE and the Liberal Jewish Synagogue present a programme of music and stories related to the internment of German and Austrian Nationals on the Isle of Man in 1940.

Some of the music by Peter Gellhorn has only come to light through recent research at the Royal College of Music.

For programme information and tickets please visit:

Wednesday December 14, 2016, 6pm

Music for Utopia and Dystopia - Ensemble EMIGRE at Chancellor's Hall, Senate House, University of London

A free concert of art songs especially selected to trace utopian visions of human relationships and society as well as the dystopian fallout from them, which is powerfully reflected in the experience of musicians who had to emigrate because of political convictions or persecution. 

The programme will include the Masonic Cantata K619 by Mozart, Schubert’s setting of Schiller’s Ode to Joy, politically inspired songs by Hanns Eisler as well as musical discoveries from the research and performance project Singing a Song in a Foreign Land at the Royal College of Music.

Find further details and register for a place here.

Monday November 21, 2016

SINGING A SONG IN A FOREIGN LAND, a concert for the European Commission in London

Ensemble EMIGRE: Rosanna Cooper, mezzo-soprano, Norbert Meyn, tenor, Eunsley Park, violin, Lucy Colquhoun, piano

Songs and Chamber Music by Ferdinand Rauter, Hans Gal, Joseph Horovitz, Geza Frid, Matjas Seiber and Peter Gellhorn



Celebration Event

Sunday 3 July

A Celebration of Composer/Conductor Peter Gellhorn on 3 July 2016.

Recital Hall | 3-6pm


Workshops in April and May 2016

The following workshops exploring compositions by Peter Gellhorn took place at the Royal College of Music in April 2016.


Thursday 7 April

Alke Quartet

Second String Quartet

Opera Room 1 | 4-7pm

Sunday 24 April

Jakob Fichert & Eleanor Hodgkinson piano
Ingrid Pearson & Janet Hilton clarinet

Thoughts on a Chinese Tune for two Clarinets and piano duet
Sonata for Two Pianos
Totentanz  for Two Pianos

Room 208 | 2-5pm

Tuesday 26 April 26

Alke Quartet

String Quartet no 1

Opera Room 2 | 5-8pm

Thursday 28 April

Alke Quartet

Mooragh for string quartet and male vocal ensemble
Andante 1940
Trio Suite
The Cats Isle of Man 1940

Room 301 | 5-8pm

Wednesday 4 May

Eunsley Park violin
Aleksandar Djermanovic piano
Rebecca Watt oboe
Lucy Colquhoun piano

Cappriccio and Intermezzo for violin and piano
Oboe Suite

Room 101 | 5-8pm

Friday 6 May

Louise Fuller soprano
Katie Coventry mezzo soprano
Lucy Colquhoun piano

Songs and Duets

Opera Room 1 | 10am-12pm



28 April – 28 August 2015

‘Arts in Harmony’: An Art Gallery’s Musical Heritage 

In this special exhibition, the RCM Museum of Music celebrates the centenary of the Ben Uri Collection, one of the world’s most significant collections of work by artists of Jewish descent. Arts in Harmony will display recently discovered archival material and selected artworks which tell the unique story of how the Ben Uri Art Gallery has supported music, particularly émigré and emerging musicians, throughout the 20th century. An accompanying exhibition – Art Identity Migration: 100 years of Ben Uri in London 1915-2015 – takes place at Somerset House from July to December 2015.



31 May 2015

Estates, Archives and Music Restitution

This seminar, curated by Geraldine Auerbach MBE, explores pathways and challenges in safeguarding the musical legacies of exiled musicians who fled to Britain from Nazi Europe.


Key Project Dates

9 March 2016

Training session with filmmaker and composer Tony Britten

The Royal College of Music had the pleasure today of welcoming Tony Britten to assist the research team with their work on documenting the feat of this Peter Gellhorm Cultural Engagement Project - aiming to bring Peter Gellhorn’s compositions to a wider audience.

Britten, a renowned composer and director (including the documentary ‘Benjamin Britten: Peace and Conflict’), gave great advice to the team lead by Terence Curran and Norbert Meyn. In the coming months they will be working with fellow musicians at the RCM to try and bring Gellhorn’s work to life, as well as interviewing family members and musicians who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Peter Gellhorn (1912-2004) came from a musical Jewish family and was educated at Berlin University and at the Berlin Music Academy. He was obliged to leave Germany when the Nazis came to power, and settled in England. During his later career he conducted at Glyndebourne, at the Royal Opera House, with the Carl Rosa Opera Company and for the BBC, where he was conductor of the BBC Singers for eleven years.

February 2016

Start of Exile Estates – Music Restitution, The Musical Legacy of conductor/composer Peter Gellhorn (1912-2004)

AHRC Funded Cultural Engagement Project in partnership with the International Centre for Suppressed Music/Jewish Music Institute

On 15 February 2016 work started on this project. The Royal College of Music welcomes Dr. Terence Curran as Cultural Engagement Fellow to lead the project.

April 2015 

Video Archive of the International Centre for Suppressed Music becomes part of the RCM collections. 

The International Centre for Suppressed Music (ICSM) based at Royal Holloway University of London has donated 25 filmed interviews and lectures of significance for Suppressed Music to the Royal College of Music. 

The collection of videos includes interviews with émigré musicians Alice Herz-Sommer and Peter Gellhorn, excerpts of which will be made available on the RCM website as part of the Singing a Song in a Foreign Land online resource. The full interviews and videos will be catalogued and made available through the RCM library’s streaming service. 



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