O the joys of dried-up breaded haddock, pebbly peas and cold stringy chips, followed by a scoop of melting vanilla ice cream in one of those aluminium ice cream bowls that have not withstood the retro twists of time!
But back to the symposium: I can honestly say that there was not a bad paper among them. We heard about Celtic and Rangers and the Catholic and Protestant songs and chants; the difference between the words 'diversity' and 'integration'; Alan Turing and a play about his life, exposing the hypocrisy of the British Government of the time; Fascist music in the UK, focused on the band Skrewdriver; the use of signing by Deaf people to create music; hidden messages in performance and performers at odds with their physical bodies; the Drake Music Project in Ireland and its creative rather than therapeutic approach to music making with differently-abled people; Northumbrian authenticity in songwriting and music and sometimes, inauthentic authenticity.
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