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Talk, Tue 20 Jun 2017


The Organiser


The Precincts,


‘The Speech of Angels’ or ‘The Brandy of the Damned’? Music as Moral Landscape in Nineteenth-Century British Culture by Professor Rachel Cowgill.

Starting from contrasting statements of music’s worth by Thomas Carlyle (1852) and George Bernard Shaw (1903), the keynote speech of a Church Music Conference explores how music was used by Victorians to define the moral character of space and place in the urban environment. It also explores Victorian ideas of music as moral topography in and of itself – as a landscape to be traversed in the imagination – and the impact of such notions on the cultivation, presentation, and reception of musical performance in nineteenth-century Britain.

Event details

Dates Times
Tue 20 Jun 2017 18:30 to 20:00
Location: Clagett Auditorium, Canterbury Cathedral Lodge.


Tickets are £5.00 and can be booked through the website link.



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Map reference: TR 150578  Lat: 51.27900 Long: 1.08265

By Train:
Canterbury West and Canterbury East train stations are both 0.5 miles away (10 min walk). Journey time from London by train is approximately just under one hour.

By Road:
If you are using Satellite Navigation, you should enter the address ‘Burgate, Canterbury’ rather than using our postcode.
- From London: From M2 and M20 motorways, follow signs to A2 or Canterbury. Arriving in Canterbury, turn right onto the ring road at Rheims Way roundabout. Keep the city walls on
your left. After the 3rd (St George’s) roundabout, turn left into Burgate
- From Dover/Folkestone: Follow signs to Canterbury. You will arrive at the St George’s roundabout. Turn right onto the ring road and then left into Burgate.
- From Ashford: Follow signs to Canterbury (A28). At Wincheap roundabout, turn right. Follow ring road. Turn left into Burgate. There is a Park and Ride site as you enter the city from this direction.

Cathedral entrance gates:
• 7am – 6pm turn RIGHT into Postern Gate, just after Pub.
• 6pm – 7am continue straight down Burgate, turning right into Christ Church Gate just after
Cathedral Café.
• After 9pm – ring bell on left hand side of Christ Church Gate to gain entrance.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Canterbury East/West station

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