The Women Musicians at South Place Ethical Society, 1900 – 1920.
As part of our commitment to our charitable object, the advancement of study, research and education in humanist ethical principles, we have partnered with Royal Northern College of Music on a collaborative doctoral award. The aim of the project is to look at our Society’s relationship with music. From a historical perspective there is over 200 years of association and interest, especially with the 125 years (and over 3000 concerts) of the Sunday Concert chamber music programme, which continues to this day. Indeed, within the archives there are volumes of records that chart every element of these concerts and the pre-concert involvement with music at the level of hymns, soirees and special one-off musical events. However, the key relationship of the Society to music is the way in which music operates as an expression of the Society’s Object: ethical living. So, to that end, it is critical for the Society’s self-understanding and Charitable Object that it reveals the importance of music and its engagement with it to new audiences, the curious and researchers whilst also maintaining that tradition in its actual practice as well.
We are extremely pleased to have engaged Jessica Beck to undertake this research and will be working closely with her throughout her studies and developing learning activities including talks, workshops and concerts based on the outcomes of her research.