Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Music

Dr Edward Venn

Director of Student Education and Associate Professor in Music

0113 343 8210

Music Building, Room 2.12

Office hours: Out of the main teaching periods, I operate an open door policy and you can email for appointments.


Edward Venn was appointed at Leeds in 2013. His research focuses on the analysis and interpretation of twentieth-century and contemporary music. He is Associate Editor for the journal Music Analysis.


Edward Venn studied as both undergraduate and postgraduate at the University of Birmingham. On leaving Birmingham in 2001, he took up a post at Lancaster University, where he worked for twelve years before coming to Leeds. He is currently Director of Student Education in the School of Music, and serves as the Digital Education Academic Champion for the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Cultures. His research has focused on the analysis and interpretation of music since 1900, with particular focus on the work of composers such as Thomas Adès, Michael Tippett and Julian Anderson. He serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of Music and Meaning and Music Analysis, and is Associate Editor for the latter. Edward has an LRSM in conducting.

Research Interests

  • Analysis
  • Interpretation
  • Music since 1900 (including popular music)


In 2017-18 I will be teaching on the following modules:
MUSS2020 Interpreting Music (Level 2)
MUSS3040 Analysing Music (Level 3)
MUSS3140 Dissertation (Level 3)


Director of Student Education
Faculty Digital Education Academic Lead



  • Venn E (2017) Thomas Adès: Asyla.
    DOI: 10.4324/9781315098524

  • Venn E (2008) The Music of Hugh Wood. Ashgate Pub Co.

Journal articles

  • Venn E (2017) “Thomas Adès, the Exterminating Angel, Haus für Mozart, Salzburg”, Tempo (United Kingdom). 71.280: 82-83.
    DOI: 10.1017/S0040298217000110, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/110999/

  • Venn E (2017) “THOMAS ADÈS'S the EXTERMINATING ANGEL”, Tempo (United Kingdom). 71.280: 21-46.
    DOI: 10.1017/S0040298217000067, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/110996/

  • Venn E (2015) “Thomas Adès and the spectres of Brahms”, Journal of the Royal Musical Association. 140.1: 163-212.
    DOI: 10.1080/02690403.2015.1008867, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/84686/

  • Venn E (2014) “Thomas Adès's 'Freaky, Funky Rave'”, Music Analysis. 33.1: 65-98.
    DOI: 10.1111/musa.12020, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/84688/

  • Venn EJ (2014) “Book Review: The legacy of Cornelius Cardew”, Tempo. 68.267: 88-90.
    DOI: 10.1017/S004029821300154X, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/84691/

  • Venn EJ (2014) “BBC Proms 2013: David Matthews and Thomas Adès”, Tempo. 68.267: 59-61.
    DOI: 10.1017/S004029821300137X, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/84690/

  • Venn E (2014) “Robert Fokkens”, Tempo (United Kingdom). 68.269: 82-83.
    DOI: 10.1017/S0040298214000187, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/84689/

  • Venn EJ (2013) “Review: 'Harrison Birtwistle's Operas and Music Theatre', by David Beard.”, Tempo. 67.266: 93-94.
    DOI: 10.1017/S0040298213001046, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/84687/

  • Venn E (2013) “Review: Robert Saxton: Caritas by Wyndham Thomas (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2012)”, CHOMBEC News. 15: 12-14.
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/88591/

  • Venn EJ (2011) “Review: 'Composing in Words: William Alwyn on his Art', ed. Andrew Palmer”, Music and Letters. 92.3: 506-508.
    DOI: 10.1093/ml/gcr052

  • Venn EJ (2011) “Review: 'Harrison Birtwistle: The Mask of Orpheus', by Jonathan Cross”, Music and Letters. 92.2: 332-334.
    DOI: 10.1093/ml/gcr022

  • Venn EJ (2010) “Review: Hugh Wood's Chamber Music (CD)”, Tempo. 64.254: 87-88.
    DOI: 10.1017/S0040298210000446

  • Venn EJ (2010) “Review: Nicolas Bacri Orchestral Music (CD)”, Tempo. 64.254: 92-93.
    DOI: 10.1017/S0040298210000446

  • Venn EJ (2010) “Review: 'Dane Rudhyar: His Music, Thought, and Art', by Deniz Ertan”, Tempo (London, 1939): a quarterly review of modern music. 64.254: 70-72.
    DOI: 10.1017/S0040298210000434

  • Venn EJ (2010) “Rethinking Russolo”, Tempo (London, 1939): a quarterly review of modern music. 64.251: 8-16.
    DOI: 10.1017/S0040298210000021

  • Venn EJ (2010) “Narrativity in Thomas Adès's 'Ecstasio'”, Res Facta Nova. 11.20: 69-78.

  • Venn EJ (2010) “Review: 'Landscapes of the Mind: The Music of John McCabe', compiled and ed. by George Odam and 'The Innumerable Dance: The Life and Work of William Alwyn', by Adrian Wright”, Music and Letters. 91.2: 295-297.
    DOI: 10.1093/ml/gcq010

  • Venn E (2009) “Review: Gubaidulina and Cercos piano music (CD)”, Tempo. 63.250: 85-86.
    DOI: 10.1017/S0040298209000370

  • Venn EJ (2009) “Review: Simon Mawhinney instrumental music (CD)”, Tempo. 63.250: 84-84.
    DOI: 10.1017/S0040298209000370

  • Venn EJ (2009) “Review: 'The Cambridge Companion to Shostakovich', ed. Pauline Fairclough and David Fanning, and 'Composing the Modern Subject: Four String Quartets by Dmitri Shostakovich', by Sarah Reichardt”, Tempo (London, 1939): a quarterly review of modern music. 63.250: 72-73.
    DOI: 10.1017/S0040298209000369

  • Venn EJ (2009) “Review-article: A Very British Modernism?”, Twentieth Century Music. 6.2: 237-253.
    DOI: 10.1017/S1478572210000186

  • Venn EJ (2009) “Review: Hugh Wood’s Violin Concerto No. 2 (first performance)”, Tempo. 63.249: 54-55.
    DOI: 10.1017/S0040298209000266

  • Venn EJ (2009) “Review: 'Nicholas Maw: Odyssey', by Kenneth Gloag”, Music and Letters. 90.3: 519-521.
    DOI: 10.1093/ml/gcp007

  • Venn EJ (2008) “Review: 'All the Gods: Benjamin Britten's Night-piece in Context', by Christopher Wintle and ed. by Julian Littlewood”, Music and Letters. 89.4: 684-685.
    DOI: 10.1093/ml/gcn030

  • Venn EJ (2008) “Review: 'Benjamin Britten: The Spiritual Dimension', by Graham Elliott”, Music and Letters. 89.1: 143-148.
    DOI: 10.1093/ml/gcm023

  • Venn EJ (2006) “Cornelius Cardew's 'Autumn 60 for Orchestra'”, Tempo (London, 1939): a quarterly review of modern music. 60.238: 2-7.
    DOI: 10.1017/S0040298206000271

  • Venn EJ (2006) “Review: ‘Maxwell Davies compilation CDs and ‘Naxos’ Quartets’”, Tempo. 60.237: 70-71.
    DOI: 10.1017/S0040298206000222, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/88599/

  • Venn EJ (2006) “Review: 'Letters From a Life: Selected Letters of Benjamin Britten, Volume Three 1946–51', ed. by Donald Mitchell, Philip Reed and Mervyn Cooke, and 'Selected Letters of Michael Tippett', ed. by Thomas Schuttenhelm”, Tempo (London, 1939): a quarterly review of modern music. 60.236: 61-64.
    DOI: 10.1017/S0040298206210143

  • Venn EJ (2006) “Review: [Casken, ‘Rest-Ringing’ and CDs] ‘Manchester: Bridgewater Hall’”, Tempo. 60.235: 73-75.
    DOI: 10.1017/S0040298206270062

  • Venn EJ (2006) “Review: [Wood, ‘Overture’] ‘Shrewsbury, Maidment Hall’”, Tempo. 60.235: 77-78.
    DOI: 10.1017/S0040298206310066

  • Venn EJ (2006) “Asylum Gained?: Aspects of Meaning in Thomas Adès's Asyla”, Music Analysis. 25.1-2: 89-120.
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2249.2006.00234.x

  • Venn EJ (2006) “Review: [Adès, ‘Court Studies’ and others] ‘London, Royal College of Music’”, Tempo. 60.235: 80-81.
    DOI: 10.1017/S0040298206330069, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/88600/

  • Venn EJ (2005) “Review: Maxwell Davies Naxos Quartets 3 and 4”, Tempo. 59.234: 58-59.
    DOI: 10.1017/S0040298205240329

  • Venn EJ (2005) “Review: Birtwistle Complete Piano Works”, Tempo. 59.234: 64-65.
    DOI: 10.1017/S0040298205280324

  • Venn EJ (2005) “Review: Thomas Adès's Piano Quintet.”, Tempo. 59.234: 73-74.
    DOI: 10.1017/S0040298205320328

  • Venn EJ (2005) “Serenades and Elegies: The Recent Music of Hugh Wood - Part II”, Tempo (London, 1939): a quarterly review of modern music. 59.233: 26-37.

  • Venn EJ (2005) “Review: Peter Maxwell Davies new and classic”, Tempo. 59.233: 79-80.
    DOI: 10.1017/S0040298205260254

  • Venn EJ (2005) “Review: George Benjamin on Nimbus.”, Tempo. 59.233: 73-74.
    DOI: 10.1017/S0040298205210252

  • Venn EJ (2005) “Serenades and Elegies: The Recent Music of Hugh Wood”, Tempo (London, 1939): a quarterly review of modern music. 59.231: 2-13.
    DOI: 10.1017/S004029820500001X

  • Venn EJ (2005) “Review: London, Temple Church and Cheltenham, Pittville Pump Room: Wood's ‘Cantilena and Fugue’ and ‘Tribute to Michael Berkeley’”, Tempo. 59.231: 52-53.
    DOI: 10.1017/S0040298205300052

  • Venn EJ (2004) “Review: London, Royal Opera House: ‘The Tempest’”, Tempo. 58.229: 72-73.
    DOI: 10.1017/S0040298204210245

  • Venn EJ (2004) “Review: Manchester, RNCM: Robin Holloway's String Quartet, op. 97”, Tempo. 58.228: 64-66.
    DOI: 10.1017/S0040298204270152

  • Venn EJ (2004) “Review: 'Sing, Ariel: Essays and Thoughts for Alexander Goehr's Seventieth Birthday', ed. Alison Latham”, Tempo (London, 1939): a quarterly review of modern music. 58.228: 42-44.
    DOI: 10.1017/S0040298204220137


  • Venn EJ (2017) “Myth and Narrative in '3 for Icarus'”, In: Charlton D (eds.) The Music of Simon Holt. Woodbridge: Boydell Press. 80-103
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/121955/

  • Venn EJ (2017) “Tavener, Sir John Kenneth (1944–2013)”, In: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press.
    DOI: 10.1093/ref:odnb/108262

  • Venn EJ (2016) “Cardew, Cornelius (1936–1981)”, In: Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. Routledge.
    DOI: 10.4324/9781135000356-REM551-1

  • Venn EJ (2016) “Knussen, Oliver (1952--)”, In: Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. Routledge.
    DOI: 10.4324/9781135000356-REM572-1

  • Venn EJ (2016) “Turnage, Mark-Anthony (1960--)”, In: Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. Routledge.
    DOI: 10.4324/9781135000356-REM1084-1

  • Venn EJ (2016) “Wood, Hugh (1932--)”, In: Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. Routledge.
    DOI: 10.4324/9781135000356-REM608-1

  • Venn EJ (2016) “Adès, Thomas (1971 – )”, In: Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. Routledge.
    DOI: 10.4324/9781135000356-REM1070-1

  • Venn EJ (2016) “Tippett, Sir Michael (1905–1998)”, In: Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. Routledge.
    DOI: 10.4324/9781135000356-REM604-1

  • Venn EJ (2016) “Scratch Orchestra”, In: Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. Routledge.
    DOI: 10.4324/9781135000356-REM597-1

  • Venn EJ (2016) “Maw, (John) Nicholas (1935–2009)”, In: Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. Routledge.
    DOI: 10.4324/9781135000356-REM580-1

  • Venn EJ (2016) “Harvey, Jonathan Dean (1939–2012)”, In: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
    DOI: 10.1093/ref:odnb/105876

  • Venn EJ (2016) “Bennett, Sir Richard Rodney (1936–2012)”, In: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
    DOI: 10.1093/ref:odnb/105846

  • Venn EJ (2015) “Bedford, David Vickerman (1937-2011)”, In: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press.
    DOI: 10.1093/ref:odnb/104214, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/88597/

  • Venn E (2015) “Birtwistle and the labyrinthine processional”, In: Harrison Birtwistle Studies. 206-231
    DOI: 10.1017/CBO9781316145326.009

  • Venn EJ (2014) “Matthews and the Single-movement Symphony”, In: Hyde T (eds.) David Matthews: Essays, Tributes and Criticism. Plumbago Books. 160-180

  • Venn EJ (2013) “'Symphonic Music in our Modern Times': Tippett and the Symphony”, In: Gloag K (eds.) The Cambridge Companion to Michael Tippett. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 144-167

  • Venn EJ (2013) “Words and Music”, In: Gloag K; Jones N (eds.) The Cambridge Companion to Michael Tippett. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 264-285

  • Venn E (2013) “Maw, (John) Nicholas (1935–2009)”, In: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press.
    DOI: 10.1093/ref:odnb/102005, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/88598/

  • Venn EJ (2010) “Thomas Adès”, In: Nowa Muzyka Brytyjska. Kraków: Ha!Art.

  • Venn EJ (2007) “Finzi's Serenade”, In: The Clock of the Years: A Gerald and Joy Finzi Anthology. 149-152

  • Venn EJ (2007) “Proliferations and Limitations: Re-working the Sequenzas”, In: Berio's Sequenzas: Essays on Performance, Composition and Analysis. Ashgate. 171-190

  • Venn EJ (2002) “Ideology and Idealism in Tippett's Writings”, In: Michael Tippett: Music and Literature. Ashgate. 35-59

Conference papers

  • Venn EJ (2013) Interpreting 'High' and 'Popular' Cultures in Music. 11th International Congress on Musical Signification Proceedings: Music: Function and Value Kraków: Akademia Muzyczna w Krakowie. 1: 667-675.

  • Venn E (2013) Thomas Adès and the pianto. International Conference on Music Semiotics: In Memory of Raymond Monelle Proceedings: Proceedings International Project on Music and Dance Semiotics (IPMDS).: 309-317.
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/88590/

  • Venn E (2010) Evoking the 'Marvellous': Ritual in Michael Tippett's 'The Midsummer Marriage'. Ritual Dynamics and the Science of Ritual Proceedings: Ritual Dynamics and the Science of Ritual Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag. 2.Body, Performance, Agency, and Experience: 183-193.

  • Venn EJ (2008) Finding Pathways from Onions: Large-scale Gestures in Berio's Reworkings of his 'Sequenza VI for Viola'. 9th International Congress on Musical Signification Proceedings: Music Sense Body International Semiotics Institute.: 273-278.


Research Projects & Grants

Grants obtained:

  • Erasmus+ mobility funding (2018)
  • Music and Letters Trust (2016)
  • Leverhulme Research Fellowship (2013)
  • Ernst von Siemens foundation (2011)
  • Music and Letters Trust (2011)
  • Music Analysis Development Fund (2008)
  • PALATINE Development Award (2008)
  • German SFB 619 RitualDynamik (2008)
  • Music Analysis Development Fund (2007)
  • AHRB PhD Award (1999)

External Appointments


  • Associate Editor, Music Analysis (2017-present)
  • Critical Forum Editor, Music Analysis (2011-2016)
  • Member of Music Analysis Editorial Board (2007-present)
  • Member of Journal of Music and Meaning Editorial Board (2004-present)


  • Member of Executive Committe, National Association for Music in Higher Education (2008-11)
  • Member of Executive Committee, Society for Music Analysis (2003-11)


  • Organising, and tutoring on, Society of Music Analysis Summer School (University of Leeds, 2018)
  • Organised and directed Be Not Afeard: Language, Music and Cultural Memory in the Operas of Thomas Adès (Senate House, London, 2017)
  • Organised and directed two international conferences: Seventh International Conference on Music Since 1900 and Lancaster University Music Analysis Conference (Lancaster University, 2011)
  • Organised ‘Performance and Gesture’ study day (Lancaster University, 2008)
  • Organised SMA/PALATINE Study Day ‘Music Analysis and Teaching’ (Lancaster University, 2006)
  • Co-director, ‘Music 625’: Performance and Music TV, 1960 and After (University of Leeds, 2018)
  • Programme Committee, 9th European Music Analysis Conference (Strasbourg, 2017)
  • Programme Committee, XIIIth Congress on Musical Signification (Canterbury Christ Church, 2016)
  • Programme Committee, Keele University Music Analysis Conference (Keele, 2015)
  • Programme Committee, Eighth International Conference on Music Since 1900 (Liverpool, 2013)
  • Programme Committee, RaAM (Researching and Applying Metaphor) 9, (Lancaster, 2012)
  • Programme Committee, European Music Analysis Conference (Rome, 2011)
  • Co-director, 13th International Doctoral and Postdoctoral Seminar on Music Semiotics (University of Helsinki, March 2010)

External Examining

  • Phd, Kingston University (2011)
  • Phd, Keele University (2014)
  • Phd, Birmingham City University (2015)
  • Phd, University of Huddersfield (2017)
  • MA by Research, University of Birmingham (2017)
  • Phd, University of Surrey (2017)
  • Phd, Odeion School of Music, South Africa (2018)



PhD & Postdoctoral Supervision

Current Research Students

  • Stephanie Jones
  • Hans Kretz
  • Colleen Lloyd
  • Matthew Palfreyman

Past Research Students

  • Emma Gallon (Narrativities in the music of Thomas Adès)
  • Helen Thomas (Authorial Metaphors of Temporality in Music of the 1950s and 1960s)
  • Christopher Fuller (Deconstruction and Music Analysis)
  • Vivienne Saunders (Narrative in Modern Media)

PhD Thesis

The Music of Hugh Wood (Birmingham, 2002)

Professional Practice

I have directed a range of ensembles based in North Yorkshire, Birmingham and the North-West of England, performing repertoire from 1500 to the present day. Ensembles include:

  • York Symphony Orchestra
  • Easingwold Singers
  • Morecambe and District Philharmonic Choir
  • Lancaster and District Male Voice Choir
  • Contemporary Music Making for Amateurs (North west)
  • Lancashire Chamber Orchestra
  • Workers’ Education Association Sinfonia (Birmingham, Ladywood)
  • Aesklepios Orchestra (University of Birmingham Medical School)


Music Analysis

Journal of Music and Meaning

Society for Music Analysis

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