SIMM-seminar 8:

Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, 9-11 September 2024

(research seminar on participatory opera and music theatre projects)

SIMM research seminar #8 on participatory opera and music theatre projects:
The 8thSIMM research seminar is organized by the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London), the Academic Chair Jonet / CESAMM (Ghent), and the research platform SIMM and will be focussing on participatory opera and music theatre projects.
Following the 1st such seminar on participatory opera and music theatre organised in June 2023 in Barcelona (see link here) this research seminar is planned to take place from 9 to 11 September 2024 at the Guildhall School in London.
The 8th research seminar will welcome a small group of 10 to 20 post-graduate students, early-career researchers as well as experienced researchers – who are all involved in ongoing research on participatory opera and music theatre programmes – to spend a 3-day seminar during which they will share their research experiences with each other.
Prof. Dr. An De bisschop (Chair Jonet / CESAMM, Ghent University, BE), Prof. Sean Gregory (Guildhall School) and Prof. Dr. Lukas Pairon (SIMM & Chair Jonet) will be the facilitators who will help the participants in sharing their experiences and ideas and research methodologies.
The scientific committee for this seminar is composed of: Brydie-Leigh Bartleet, An De bisschop, Lukas Pairon, John Sloboda, and Toby Young.

Call for participants:

Expressions of interest should be sent no later than 30th April 2024 by email to Lukas Pairon (

This should include your name, institutional affiliation, current professional role(s), a maximum 200-word statement including relevant professional experience and background, why you wish to participate in this research seminar, and what your interest and experience is in research on participatory opera and music theatre projects.

The selection of those welcomed to be part of this seminar will be communicated the latest before 30th May 2024.

There will be no registration fee, but those selected for this seminar will need to cover their travel costs, meals and accommodation in London.

PhD-candidates having difficulties covering the costs related to attending this 8th SIMM research seminar in London may introduce a request for support to the SIMM Fellowship Fund (email request to Lukas Pairon).

A similar research seminar on participatory opera and music theatre took place in June 2023 at the Liceu in Barcelona.  Here you can find the report on the 2023 research seminar.