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Parish Symposium 2014 – ‘Parish Soundscapes’


Berkswell Bell


The Twelfth Warwick Symposium on Parish Research was held on Saturday 10 May 2014.Under the theme of ‘Parish Soundscapes’, the programme featured the following contributions:


Beat Kümin, Warwick: Welcome & Introduction

Magnus Williamson, Newcastle: ‘Here and there, before and after: some thoughts on parish music in England and France, 1400-1700’

Alastair Dymond & Steven Tibbets: Berkswell Bells Stall – Presentation, Soundbites and Exhibits [video extract audio extract]

Kristi Bain, Northwestern: ‘Battles in the belfry: The late medieval bell dispute at Wymondham Abbey’

Bart Minnen, Belgium: ‘The remarkable soundscape of the pilgrimage church of Wezemaal (Brabant, Belgium) in the 15th and 16th centuries’ [Presentation notes]

Emilie K. M. Murphy, York/London: ‘English Catholic soundscapes: The case of Little Crosby, 1580-1640’

Andrew Thomson, Winchester:‘Consistory court cacophony: What their records can contribute to our knowledge of the 17thC soundscape’

Jonathan Willis, Birmingham: ‘Music in the post-reformation (London) parish church: a theme and variations’ [podcast]

John Harper, Bangor: ‘Context, comment and outlook’, followed by general discussion [podcast]


Abstracts of Papers, Delegate List,

and Symposium Report by Alice Byrne


Contact and further information: b.kumin@warwick.ac.uk



We gratefully acknowledge the continued support of Warwick’s Humanities Research Centre 

Picture of medieval sanctus bell courtesy of Berkswell Parish.