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Mieczysław Weinberg: Between East and West

University of Manchester, Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama, 24-27 January 2019

Recent years have witnessed a dramatic rediscovery of the music of Mieczysław Weinberg (1919–1996), the Polish-born composer who twice escaped from Nazi invasions and finally settled in Moscow. His substantial output includes some of the most powerful Holocaust-commemorative music ever written, notably his Auschwitz-based opera, The Passenger, dubbed a ‘masterpiece’ by Shostakovich.

British Academy and Adam Mickiewicz Institute Polska Music logos.

The four-day conference at the University of Manchester marks the beginning of Weinberg’s centenary year. It brings together scholars and practitioners from East and West, with the composer’s first daughter, Victoria Bishops, as Guest of Honour.

The conference is co-sponsored by the British Academy and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Warsaw.

The programme dovetails with a cycle of his seventeen string quartets, to be performed at intervals throughout the event by the Quatuor Danel, artists-in-residence at the University, and two further concerts of vocal chamber works, including the song-cycle Old Letters, the Sonata for Solo Double Bass and the Piano Sonata No. 6.

This conference is being co-sponsored by the British Academy and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Warsaw. 

Conference schedule

Download and view the conference schedule for ‘Mieczysław Weinberg: Between East and West’ .


Registration opens on 12 December 2018. Register and pay in advance for ‘Mieczysław Weinberg: Between East and West’ online via Eventbrite 

Non-speaking delegates will be charged a modest fee to cover refreshments.

Payment can be made in advance online via Eventbrite or by cash or cheque on arrival at the conference. Please contact the co-convenors if you wish to pay on the day. 

Please inform the co-convenors of any special dietary or access requirements. Information regarding access to the conference venue is available here

Further information

To find out more contact:

Michelle Assay ( and David Fanning ( (co-convenors)

Quatuor Danel

We are extremely lucky that, alongside the conference, the Martin Harris Centre’s string quartet in residence, the Quatuor Danel, will be performing in a series of concerts which form the Weinberg Quartet Cycle, 24-27 January 2019. The Quatuor Danel’s performances in January mark a repeat of their historic first-ever cycle of 17 of Weinberg’s Quartets, first performed at the Centre in November 2009. If you want to hear excellent strings composition at its most thrilling, daring and intimate, there's no better place to start! 

More information can be found on the Martin Harris Centre’s Quatuor Danel season ticket page.

Please note: tickets for Quatuor Danel concerts are sold separately. To purchase concert tickets please contact the Martin Harris Centre Box Office on or 0161 275 8951. The Martin Harris Centre Box Office is open Monday-Friday 12.30-2.30pm in term time, and will be closed for the Christmas vacation after Friday 14 December 2018, until Monday 14 January 2019.

You can purchase tickets online via Quaytickets, or telephone +44 (0)161 275 8951. Tea-time concerts within the conference are free of charge.

Tea-time Concerts

Two free teatime concerts on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th at 16.30, complementing the cycle of string quartets, will be given by Rosalind Dobson (soprano), Michelle Assay (piano) and Roberto Carrillo Garcia (double bass), all of whom have performed Weinberg's music at the University to great acclaim in recent years.

The Martin Harris Centre

The Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama is a performance space situated at the heart of The University of Manchester’s campus. Since it opened in 2003, the Centre has contributed to the cultural life of students, staff, alumni and the wider community. The Centre offers a varied programme of arts events, many of which are free and are open to the public, and include; concerts, theatre productions, literature and spoken word events, seminars and lectures. More information about the Martin Harris Centre and our programme of public events is available on our website.

Getting here

The Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama is at the centre of the University of Manchester’s campus on Oxford Road, approximately one mile south of the city centre.

The Centre is situated off Oxford Road, behind the Manchester Museum. More information on how to find us is available on the Martin Harris Centre website.


Full information and advice on national and international travel to Manchester is available from The University of Manchester website. 


There is a range of accommodation near the University from budget Air BnB flats to luxury hotels. The convenors are happy to be contacted by email for advice. 

Food and drink

Tea, coffee and light refreshments will be provided as part of the delegates’ registration package. A buffet lunch will be available on each day of the conference.