Sunday 22 October 2017
The English Songs of Karl Rankl

Austrian Cultural Forum London

A workshop and performance exploring the little known English songs written by Rankl during WW2 in Oxford. A Schönberg pupil and friend of Hanns Eisler, Rankl became the first music director of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden after the war. With support from Zukunftsfonds Austria

Past Events

Tuesday 6 June 2017
Who is British Music - Bristol Recital

Victoria Rooms, University of Bristol

Recital in conjunction with the symposium Who is British Music, The Place of Immigrant Musicians in 20th-century Constructions of National Music History, convened by Florian Scheding

Wednesday 17 May 2017
The Barbed Lyre - Music from the Isle of Man

The Studio Theatre, Douglas, Isle of Man

Presented together with the Royal College of Music. Supported by Culture Vannin, Ilse of Man Arts Council and the Malcolm Scott Dickinson Trust. Further information will be made available soon.

Tuesday 16 May 2017
The Barbed Lyre - Music from the Isle of Man

Erin Arts Centre, Port Erin, Isle of Man

Presented together with the Royal College of Music. Supported by Culture Vannin, Ilse of Man Arts Council and the Malcolm Scott Dickinson Trust. Further information will be made available soon.

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Sunday 2 April 2017, 5.30pm
The Barbed Lyre - Leaves from the Isle of Man

This concert will feature music written in the internment camps for German and Austrian nationals on the Isle of Man in 1940, some of which has only come to light through recent research at the Royal College of Music. It will include excerpts from the bilingual comic revue “What a Life!” by Hans Gál as well as excerpts from the 'Ursonate' by the dadaist artist Kurt Schwitters who was also interned.

In addition, the concert will feature music connected to cultural life on the Isle of Man, celebrating its beautiful countryside and its legacy of popular entertainment for the sun-seeking seaside holiday-makers that used to occupy the very same boarding houses where the internees found themselves in 1940.

For tickets and programme information click here.

Developed in collaboration with the Liberal Jewish Synagogue and the Royal College of Music.

Senate House

Wednesday 14 December 2016
Utopia and Dystopia

Chancellors Hall, Senate House London. A curated concert inspired by the exhibition Utopia and Dystopia at Senate House Library.  Tenor Norbert Meyn will lead his Ensemble EMIGRE in a concert of art songs especially selected to trace utopian visions of human relationships and society as well as the dystopian fallout from them, which is powerfully reflected in the experience of musicians who had to emigrate because of political convictions or persecution. 

The programme will include the Masonic Cantata K619 by Mozart, Schubert’s setting of Schiller’s Ode to Joy, politically inspired songs by Hanns Eisler as well as musical discoveries from the research and performance project Singing a Song in a Foreign Land at the Royal College of Music, which Norbert Meyn has been leading since 2012. 

The international record producer and acclaimed author of ‘Forbidden Music’ Michael Haas (University of Vienna) will lead through the programme. Tickets are free and can be booked here.

Europe House London, November 2016

Monday 21 November 2016
European Commission Representation London

Ensemble Émigré in collaboration with David Souden, Past Present. Music by composers who fled totalitarian regimes in the 20th century to find a new life in Britain. With Lucy Colquhoun, piano,  Rosanna Cooper, Mezzo-Soprano, Eunsley Park, violin and Norbert Meyn, tenor.


Thursday 13 October 2016
Austrian Centre Commemorative Concert

Celebrating the Importance of Music and Musicians in the Work of the Austrian Centre from 1939-1946. View event information here.


Thursday 16 June 2016
Austrian Cultural Forum – 60th Anniversary Programme

This new ensemble champions the compositions and stories of musicians who emigrated from Germany and Austria in the 1930s and 40s. It began as a research and performance project ‘Singing a Song in a Foreign Land’ at the Royal College of Music, led by Norbert Meyn. The concert celebrates the contribution of Austrian émigrés, especially musicians and composers to the ACF’s programme and the wider UK cultural landscape. The programme will feature vocal and instrumental music by Ernst Toch, Hans Gál, Robert Kahn and Peter Gellhorn as well as arrangements of Folk Songs by Ferdinand Rauter.


Sunday 24 January 2016, 5.30pm
Leaves from the Tree of Life — Blätter vom Baum des Lebens

The culmination of three days of Music at the Liberal Jewish Synagogue is be an extraordinary programme of words and music commemorating National Holocaust Memorial Day.

Join Norbert Meyn (tenor), Marianne Olyver and Nigel Yandell (violin/piano duo ‘Postcards from Europe’), Lucy Colqhoun, Cathy Heller Jones, and students from the Royal College of Music for a special evening of readings, music and song that weaves together the stories of suppressed composers in a theatrical libretto by artist, writer and academic, Joseph Kohlmaier.

The programme includes works by Gerhard Braun, Hans Gál, Robert Kahn, Karl Rankl, Viktor Ullmann, Alexander Zemlinsky and others, as well as a rare performance of all three ’spoken music’ pieces by Ernst Toch from a new edition of the scores by choreographer Christopher Caines.