A collage of two images, on the left, an artistic drawing of a man with black hair and glasses, wearing a teal coat, writing on paper, and a historical map of where this person lived, on the right.
This section of our online resource presents interactive storymaps about the mobile lives of émigré musicians from Nazi-Europe in Britain. They were created by Michael Holden (Royal Holloway) and the team of the AHRC project ‘Music, Migration and Mobility’.

Please click on the drop-down sections below and click the links to explore our large collection of interactive story maps, each grouped together by theme.

These stories have been made to share interdisciplinary research undertaken as a collaboration between the Royal College of Music, the Department of Geography at Royal Holloway University of London and the research initiative Musik und Migration at the University of Salzburg, Austria. Hosted on the ArcGIS platform, they can be accessed and embedded individually as well as through the RCM website.

Composers, Performers, and Institutions: Tracing the movements of mobile musicians

Here you will find a collection of storymaps that tell the mobile stories of musicians who fled Nazism for Britain, as well as the institutions within which they worked.

Peter Gellhorn: An institutional biography

Ferdinand Rauter and Engel Lund: Touring Activity, 1929-1960

Mobile musical lives: An institutional map: Exploring the employment and education of migrant musicians

Mátyás Seiber: Global movement and hybrid styles

This series of storymaps explores the highly mobile life of the composer and educator Mátyás Seiber (1905—1960). It follows him from his early years in fractious post-First World War Hungary, through to his prolific, diverse musical output in Britain.

Mátyás Seiber part 1: Inside and Outside the Nation

Mátyás Seiber Part 2 - Global movement, global music: Cruise liners, Frankfurt, and Jazz influences.

Mátyás Seiber Part 3 - Moving to Britain: Emigration and the war years, 1933-1945

Mátyás Seiber Part 4: Into the Post-War Years

Eric Sanders: A map of musical memory, from Vienna to London

This collection of storymaps presents the memories of Eric Sanders (1919—2021), a writer, teacher, musician, political activist, and former soldier who escaped Vienna for Britain at the time of the Nazi takeover in 1938.

Eric Sanders’s Memory Map Part 1

Eric Sanders’s Memory Map Part 2

Eric Sanders’s Memory Map Part 3

Eric Sanders: A map of memories


Glyndebourne: An international experiment in opera

These storymaps explore the mobilities of émigré musicians connected at the foundation of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera. The conductor Fritz Busch, opera director Carl Ebert and manager Rudolf Bing were some of the many émigré musicians who contributed to the success of this innovative opera company with a firmly international outlook.

“Lieber Herr Bing…”: Tracing correspondence from the Glyndebourne archives, 1936-8

Winding Paths to a Country Opera House: The founding of the Glyndebourne Festival of Opera

Where Music Flows Like Money

Internment: Musical creativity in confinement

This collection of storymaps focuses on the internment of émigré and refugee musicians from Germany and Austria by the British state in 1940-41. This unfortunate episode brought much hardship, but the shared experience of internment also forged lasting friendships and led to many musical activities.

Barbed Wire in Britain: Internment in Context

Conditions in the Camps: Internment in Context

Culture in the Camps: Internment in Context

Internment Diaries: Hans Gál

Amadeus Quartet: Forty years of global movement

Includes a map which explores the global touring reach of the famous Amadeus Quartet, as well a series of maps which explores in detail the group’s connection to the Fifth String Quartet by Joseph Horovitz, a fellow Austrian émigré and former RCM professor.

Around the globe with the Amadeus Quartet: Touring activity 1953-1987, based on agendas written by the group

Amadeus Quartet: Journey to the 5thQuartet Pt.1: Early Years and the Anschluß

Amadeus Quartet: Journey to the 5thQuartet Pt.2: Early Years in Britain

Amadeus Quartet: Journey to the 5th Quartet Pt.3: Established Careers and Later Life

Internment comics by Giada Peterle

These storymaps present the work of Dr. Giada Peterle, who collaborated with the Music, Migration, and Mobility team on a series of comics that explore the experiences of Second World War internees in Britain. Her work was inspired by Music Behind Barbed Wire, the diary of the composer Hans Gál, and What a Life! – a musical revue produced in internment.

Unit 1: The Seagull

Unit 2: What a Life!

Unit 3: The Ballad of the German Refugee

Unit 4: The Memory Game

Collection: Internment Comics by Giada Peterle

Disclaimer: All images used on this site in connection with the 'Singing a Song in a Foreign Land' project are used in good faith. We have made every effort to ascertain copyright permissions for historical images and this information has been included where known. Please contact Norbert Meyn: if you believe an image has been used incorrectly.

Back to top