It is our pleasure to invite you to London for this Ninth International Conference of the International Association for Word and Music Studies (WMA). The conference is hosted by the Literature and Music Research Group of the Open University. It will take place in Senate House, University of London, in association with the Institute of Musical Research and the Institute of English Studies.

The conference will be held at the Senate House of the University of London, in Bloomsbury. The conference will open with a welcoming reception, followed by an inaugural concert by WMA members, from 6.00–8.30 p.m. on Wednesday 7 August. There will also be a river cruise on the Thames on the afternoon of Saturday 10 August. The conference is taking place during the celebrated BBC Proms concerts, held at the Royal Albert Hall in South Kensington (approximately 30 minutes travel from the conference venue).

To book a place, download and complete the booking form available at Please send your completed booking form with a sterling cheque for the full amount made payable to the ‘University of London’ to Valerie James, Institute of Musical Research, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. To arrive no later than Friday 5 July 2013.

Those registering from overseas who wish to pay by credit card should email so that we can email a credit card payment form to them.

The conference fee is £30 UK sterling (£20 for students and unwaged). If you are a member of WMA, the conference fee is included in your annual membership subscription. Single-day registration is available for £15 (£10 for students and unwaged). The fee includes the registration pack, attendance at conference papers and recitals, and refreshments. It does not include accommodation or meals. For the excursion on Saturday, an additional fee of £25 is payable.

Download the conference circular (available at for information about accommodation and travel to London.

We look forward to welcoming you at the conference.

Local organizers: Robert Samuels, of the Department of Music at The Open University, and Delia da Sousa Correa, of the Department of English at The Open University.

Date and time: 07 August 2013, 17:00 – 10 August 2013 19:00

Venue: Senate House, Malet Street, London

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