Prof. Barbara L. Kelly

Title: Professor of Musicology; incoming Director of the Research Institutes for Humanities and Social Sciences (from July 2014)
Phone: +44 (01782) 733299
Location: Keele University

Current research project 
Music under Fire: Concert Series on the Paris-London Homefronts, 1914-1919. I am completing the Paris phase of this research and am beginning research on London war-time concert societies.  My particular foci have been the the singer, Jane Bathori's concerts in Paris and the South Ethical Society's concerts in London.

The Music of War, 1914-1918, International Conference at the British Library, 29-31 August. 
Programme committee and participant (paper and final roundtable)

Curator for Music Up Close's series devoted to World War 1, Autumn 2014, Conway Hall, London. 
I will be drawing on my on-going research into concert life in Paris and London and recreating performances of selective concerts organised by Jane Bathori at the Théâtre du Vieux Colombier, Paris (1917-1919) and concerts at the South Ethical Society, London (1914-1918).

BBC Radio 3 Ravel Day on Friday 7 March. 
As well as appearing live on the Essential Ravel programme, where I talked about Jane Bathori's singing activities before and during WWI, I also recorded material for a podcast on Ravel and WWI.  It is available on the BBC Radio 3 website.

Staffordshire during WW1.
I have started consulting documents at the Staffordshire Archives on music in Staffordshire during WWI.  I'm particularly interested in Colonel Blizzard's scrapbook, which documents how music was used for recruitment purposes.

I am a musicologist specialising in music in France between 1870 and 1939.

I have written about selected composers during WWI, in particular, Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy and Darius Milhaud. I have also published on efforts to commemorate and remember WWI composers in the interwar period, most notably Claude Debussy, who died in March 1918 at a difficult moment during the war.  I am now concentrating on music-making in both Paris and London during the Great War. 

See selected publications:

Kelly, Tradition and Style in the Works of Darius Milhaud (1912-1939)(Ashgate, Aldershot, 2003)

Kelly, French Music, Culture, and National Identity, 1870-1939, edited volume (Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2008)

Kelly, ‘The roles of music and culture in national identity formation’, French Music, Culture, and National Identity, 1870-1939 (Rochester: University of Rochester Press, January 2008)

Kelly, ‘Debussy and the making of a “musicien français”: Pelléas, the press and the First World War, in French Music, Culture, and National Identity, 1870-1939 (Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2008)

Kelly, Music and Ultra-Modernism in France: A Fragile Consensus (1913-1939) (Boydell and Brewer, 2013), (supported by an AHRC Fellowship)

Kelly, ‘Remembering Debussy in interwar France: authority, musicology and legacy’, Music and Letters, Volume 93 Issue 2, August 2012, 374-392 (supported by a British Academy Small Grant).

The Music of War:

MusicUpClose, Conway Hall:

BBC Radio 3 Ravel Day podcast, Ravel and War: