Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Music

MMus Performance

Work with our experienced specialist instrumental/vocal teachers to expand your repertoire and hone your skills as a performer, while developing confidence to apply critical approaches to the study of music and its performance.


This MMus offers a wealth of performance opportunities and introduces you to a wide range of musical studies at an advanced level. You will study with one of our expert professional instrumental/vocal teachers and with the guidance of our resident repetiteur and experienced performance staff to develop your skills in technical proficiency, presentation and interpretation in musical performance. You are also encouraged and supported to take an interest in performance research to enhance your musical and artistic development.

Through individual lessons, performance classes and masterclasses you will prepare and perform a recital as the major part of your programme, and you will also explore the challenges of performing a large-scale musical structure through the concerto/song-cycle/extended work module. You can choose to carry out an applied performance study, which allows pursuit of a distinctive individual performance project, and/or present a second, shorter recital on a different instrument/voice from that of your main recital.

The course is an ideal option for students wishing to pursue advanced performance studies, and for existing performers wishing to enhance their skills or undertake continuous professional development.

Key Staff

Prof. Michael Allis (Programme Leader)
Research Interests: Performance; 19th- and early 20th-century British music; Music in Victorian and Edwardian Britain; Interdisciplinary studies of music and literature; Reception; Sketch studies
Performance Experience: Studied cello and piano at the Royal College of Music with Anna Shuttleworth and Peter Wallfisch; worked at the Royal Academy of Music for twelve years including as Senior Postgraduate Tutor, with responsibility for overseeing academic elements of taught postgraduate programmes

Dr Marian Jago
Research Interests: Improvisation; Scenes; Jazz studies; Popular music; Ethnography; Music and landscape
Performance Experience: Saxophonist; Private study with leading jazz artists including Don Palmer, Mike Murley, David Braid, Kirk MacDonald, and David Mott in Canada, and for several years with Lee Konitz in New York

Daniel Gordon (Repetiteur)
Performance Experience: Vastly experienced pianist, repetiteur and accompanist; Former head chorister of Westminster Abbey;  Instrumental scholar at Balliol College, Oxford

Specialist instrumental and vocal teachers
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Programme Information and Performance Research

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