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David Conway

Contributors

David Conway is Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University College, London and a specialist on the topic of Jews and 19th century music. He is also employed by the EU Commission as an expert in development aid.

Upcoming Events

Past Events

2012

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Michael Portillo discussed David Conway’s new book Jewry in Music with the author, accompanied by live musical illustrations by Mark Viner (piano) and Claudia Conway (soprano).

At the start of the 19th century virtually no Jews were active in the field of concert music and the consensus was that they were a hopelessly uncultured and uneducable people. But by the end of the century, the conventional wisdom was that the Jews were ‘a musical people’, and Jews occupied leading positions as soloists, composers, conductors, and impresarios.

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Jonathan Safran Foer discussing his novel Here I Am with Hephzibah Anderson at an out-of-festival event.