Cambridge Journals celebrated 30 years of Early Music History on 5th July with a drinks reception at the British School at Rome.  It was planned to take place during the quinquennial Congress of the International Musicological Society (IMS), which brings together musicologists from around the world. The theme of the Congress was ‘Music, Culture, Identities.’

Professor Iain Fenlon of King’s College, Cambridge, who has edited the journal since its first volume in 1981, was joined in the gardens of the British School by past and current editorial board members, Early Music History contributors, IMS committee members and musicologists from Europe, the United States and New Zealand.

As Cambridge also publishes the Papers of the British School at Rome, and because attendees included past and current editors of at least four other Cambridge music journals, this gathering was a festive example of our collaborative approach to Humanities journals publishing.

In his toast, Iain reflected on the journal’s beginnings. At the 1979 Medieval and Renaissance Conference, a group of music scholars discussed the need for a new musicology forum outside the long-standing, traditionally-based titles that were then most prominent in the field. With the support of Rosemary Dooley and Penny Souster at Cambridge, Early Music History was launched, first as a book, and later as a hardback journal publishing leading research in early music scholarship.

In her toast, Cambridge Journals Commissioning Editor Melissa Good thanked Iain for his vision and excellent stewardship of the journal, the British School for hosting the reception, and all the guests who helped make the occasion so memorable.

To access highlights from Early Music History’s 30 volumes, click here.

EMH Reception

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