Alumni

Ursula Masson Memorial Lecture 2019

Ursula Masson 2019 - Morfydd owen.pngOrganised by the University's Centre for Gender Studies in Wales, alumni and guests are invited to the 2019 Ursula Masson Memorial Lecture.


Tickets are free (and include a drinks reception at 7.15pm) although those wishing to attend are required to book online.


This year's lecture is given by Dr Rhian Davies who will be presenting: A refined and beautiful talent’: Thoughts on the centenary of the death of Morfydd Owen (1891–1918)


Morfydd Owen studied at University College, Cardiff, and the Royal Academy of Music, working as a composer, singer and pianist and achieving performances of her music at the Bechstein (now Wigmore) Hall, Royal Albert Hall and London Palladium. 250 manuscripts include orchestral, chamber and choral works, songs to Welsh, English and French texts, and transcriptions and arrangements of Welsh and Russian folk tunes. But a secret marriage to the Freudian psychoanalyst Ernest Jones caused tensions in her professional and private lives and she died at the age of 26 following an appendectomy in her husband’s family home: a tragic end to a pioneering career that continues to intrigue and inspire.

Drawing on 35 years’ research, this beautifully-illustrated presentation considers a remarkable woman’s remarkable work and places Morfydd Owen in the context of other Welsh women musicians from the fourteenth century forward.

Rhian Davies has worked as a music historian since 1989 and her research is credited with restoring several composers to the repertoire, notably Morfydd Owen, the subject of her Ph.D. thesis, documentaries for BBC2 and S4C, and a pictorial biography Yr Eneth Ddisglair Annwyl / Never So Pure A Sight. She studied at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth and Jesus College, Oxford before gaining visiting fellowships to the Lilly Library, Indiana University at Bloomington; Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center of the University of Texas at Austin, and National Library of Australia in Canberra. British culture at the turn of the twentieth century, composers of the Great War and women musicians are her areas of special interest.

Rhian’s advocacy on behalf of Welsh music as a singer, writer and broadcaster, and as Artistic Director of the Gregynog Festival since 2006, has been recognised by the Institute of Welsh Affairs’ Inspire Wales Awards and the Gorsedd of Bards at the National Eisteddfod.

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception at 1915.




About The Centre for Gender Studies in Wales

Conceived in 2006 by Ursula Masson, the aim of the Centre for Gender Studies in Wales is to provide a focus within the University for cross-Faculty, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research in gender studies generally, and in relation to Welsh history, culture and society in particular.


Centre members encourage and support one another’s research through an established seminar series, through public lectures and an annual event on International Women’s day, and through regular group meetings. The Centre provides greater scope for interdisciplinary, collaborative and comparative approaches to gender studies within and outside the University, and within and beyond Wales.



About the Ursula Masson Memorial Lecture

Ursula Masson Each year on March 8th, International Women’s Day (or on the nearest week day), the Centre for Gender Studies in Wales presents a public lecture, the Ursula Masson Memorial Lecture, to celebrate the day and to commemorate its founder.

Dr Ursula Masson (1945-2008) was a much loved and highly esteemed senior lecturer in History at Glamorgan.

She was also instrumental in founding Archif Menywod Cymru/Women’s Archive of Wales and its Roadshows. It is fitting, therefore, that the Memorial Lecture is given in her honour on International Women’s Day.