Conservatoires in Times of War

Paris Conservatoire

Conservatoires in Times of War

A fascinating new exhibition has been announced recently. The exhibition is entitled ‘Conservatoires in Times of War’ and is being produced as a collaborative effort from both the Royal Northern College of Music, and the Consevatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (otherwise known as Paris Conservatoire).

The Themes of the Conservatoire Exhibition

The collaborative online exhibition explores four main themes. The first of these themes is ‘Conservatoires under fire’ which examines wartime diaries of those in and around the conservatoires, relevant wartime newspaper articles, letters, and other documents such as a list of absent members of conservatoire staff due to being detained.

The second theme explored is entitled ‘Musicians at the front, musicians on the home front’. This section of the online exhibition takes a close look at the lives of some well-known names in classical music during their wartime years. There are six subsections to examine, each of which focusses on a different musician whose life was changed by the war.

The third of the four sections is called ‘Musical Life’ and is arguably the most interesting and thought provoking of the four main themes. In this section one can find letters explaining that there is no time for bagpipes in war-torn France, a draft programme for a concert on the front line, an account of a stretcher bearing musician, and more.

The final theme explored by the exhibition is ‘From War to Peace’. Here can be found more letters, extracts, and documents which all pertain to the end of the war and actions taken to celebrate the end of the war and to help those musicians who had served in the war.

The whole exhibition is absolutely fascinating and definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in war time history. The fact that the whole thing has been made available online is fantastic as it is now accessible to all.

Paris Conservatoire
Paris Conservatoire

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