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The Rostrum in the Roman Forum from where Cicero spoke.
The word ‘rostrum’ is derived from the prows of the ships (rostra)
captured at the battle of Actium which were displayed on the front
of the speaking platform which became known as the ‘rostrum’.

Ricardo Barros
Judy with dance rhetorician Ricardo Barros, Cambridge August 2011
(photo by Nick Webb)

NEW! Handel’s Messiah, a rhetorical guide. Available from Corda Music Publications or Amazon Marketplace seller Punnett Press £30 + p&p

Speaking with Bach, essay by Judy Tarling in the latest ‘Bach in Context’ CD book ‘Vater Unser’ available from www.bachincontext.nl or www.musica-amphion.nl Cantatas 101 Nimm von uns Herr, du treuer Gott, 102 Herr, deine Augen sehen nach dem Glauben! motet Der Geist hilft insrer Schwachheit auf, BWV 226. CD book 25 euros plus 2.95 euros p&p.
The Weapons of Rhetoric, a guide for musicians and audiences £25 plus p&p. orders@cordamusic.co.uk

Speaking With Quintilian, Text, Voice, Performance, by Judy Tarling with Jane Oakshott (voice). Temporarily unavailable.

November 26th 2015 7 pm Lovekyn Chapel, Kingston on Thames. ‘Held by the Ears’, an evening of rhetoric with actors and musicians.

February 26th 2015 Lecture on the rhetoric of Handel’s Messiah in the Grove Forum series 5.15pm at the Royal College of Music.

September 22-24 2013 Key-note speaker at Tel Aviv 4th International Seminar for Early Music. Training early musicians in the age of recordings.
In a report of the conference in Early Music, August 2014, Martin Ennis wrote: ‘Judy Tarling’s keynote address linked education with rhetoric. Her magisterial tour d’horizon ranged from knowledge revolutions in the ancient world through to the new historicism of the late 20th century, embracing topics such as garden design along the way. Tarling inveighed against the loose way in which the word ‘rhetoric’ has come to dominate discussions of Baroque style. Far too often, she argued, the term – like its twin, ‘gesture’ – is an excuse for an anything-goes approach. Drawing on deep knowledge of classical sources, she advocated using historical materials as the basis for general musical education. The ideal, Tarling suggested, is an institution where early music and modern departments are merged and pursue common cause.’

September 12-13 2013 Sao Paulo conference on Music and Magic

August 28 2013 Key-note speaker at European String Teachers’ Conference, Oxford

September 2012 University of Sao Paolo, Brazil, conference and workshops

Sept 29 - Oct 6 2011 Classes at The Royal Academy of Music, London.

Jan 31 2011 Workshop and lectures Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

Saturday 18 September 2010, afternoon. Benslow Music Trust, Hitchin, The Weapons of Rhetoric lecture/workshop 01462 459446 www.benslow.org

Saturday 22 May 2010
The Weapons of Rhetoric. lecture/workshop and book sales. 11 a.m. Brighton Friends Meeting House www.brightonfestivalfringe.org.uk

April 12th 2010
masterclass for Holland Baroque Society, Utrecht.
For details see www.hollandbaroquesociety.com