Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Music

David Fligg

Project Consultant (Performing the Jewish Archive)

PhD, M.Mus, BA(Hons), FHEA

Main research area is the music of the Terezín (Theresienstadt) prison camp and ghetto, particularly the music of Gideon Klein.


Dr. David Fligg is Project Consultant for, and a co-founder of, the AHRC-funded Performing the Jewish Archive international project at the School of Music, University of Leeds (http://ptja.leeds.ac.uk). He is also a Tutor in Academic Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, and Visiting Professor at the University of Chester (Faculty of Arts & Media).

David is currently writing a critical biography on the composer and pianist Gideon Klein, one of a number of significant Czech musicians who were interned in the Terezín concentration camp, later to be murdered in Auschwitz. A chapter on Klein, written by David, will appear in the ‘Routledge Companion to Music under German Occupation’, to be published in September 2018. He is the author of ‘A Concise Guide to Orchestral Music’ (Mel Bay, 2010), and his journal article ‘A Festival of Rediscovered Czech Jewish Music’ appeared in the summer 2016 edition of Czech Music Quarterly. His review of ‘A Season of Singing – Creating Feminist Jewish Music in the United States’ by Sarah Ross appeared in the February 2018 edition of the Journal of Modern Jewish Studies.

David’s theatrical presentation ‘Gideon Klein: Portrait of a Composer’ was premiered in Madison (Wisconsin) in May 2016, and has been performed in Leeds and Prague.

Research Projects & Grants

Current: Research funded through the ‘Performing the Jewish Archive’ project (University of Leeds), part of the AHRC’s ‘Care for the Future’ theme (2014-2018)
2012-2014: ‘Music, Memory and Migration’ project (University of Leeds), funded by the Worldwide Universities Network
2010-2011: Post-RAE funding

External Appointments

Tutor in Academic Studies, Royal Northern College of Music

Visiting Professor, University of Chester


David Fligg


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