Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Music

Professor Graham Barber

Professor Emeritus

1.06, School of Music


Graham Barber was born in Stratford, East London and studied music at the University of East Anglia and the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. Appointed lecturer at Leeds University in 1981, he was subsequently Head of Department (1995-2001) and, from 1998, Professor of Performance Studies. From 2006 – 2009 he was a part-time Senior Fellow, at the same time holding an Open Fellowship from the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts. On his retirement in 2009 he was appointed Professor Emeritus in recognition of his service to the University.


Graham Barber read music at the University of East Anglia. He won the Limpus and F. J. Read prizes in the FRCO examinations in 1969. He subsequently studied at the RNCM gaining diplomas in pianoforte solo and accompaniment, the latter with distinction. He joined the University of Leeds Music Department in 1981 holding appointments as lecturer, senior lecturer, Head of Department (1995-2001), and from 1998 Professor of Performance Studies. In 2006 he was awarded a Fellowship by NESTA. In October 2009 he acquired the title of Emeritus Professor. Other appointments have included chair, NAMHE; chorusmaster, Leeds Philharmonic and Sheffield Philharmonic Choruses; member, Advisory Board of Percy Whitlock Trust; organist, St. Bartholomew’s Church, Armley; president, the Karg-Elert Archive; member, Trustee Council of the Royal College of Organists. Graham Barber has performed in major concert venues in the U.K. and Europe as well as in Australia, Hong Kong and the U.S.A.

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