Other Projects and Outputs
Examples of current and recent funded projects in the School of Music
CHASE: Collection of Historical Annotated String Editions (Professor Clive Brown): Practice-Changing Research among a World-Wide Community of Music Makers.
The publicly-accessible CHASE (Collection of Historical Annotated String Editions) research features many new transcriptions of string music as a result of Professor Clive Brown’s AHRC project. The four-year project (2008-2012) aims to create a database of 19th-century performing editions of string chamber music, together with analysis and contextualization of the material. Professor Brown continues to advise a variety of end-users on matters relating to historical performance practice, including professional and amateur musicians, ensembles, conductors, record producers and music publishers.
Ruskin Rocks: Introducing Children to Music and Science (Dr Kia Ng): Innovative Edutainment Technologies
The University of Leeds was awarded nearly £200,000 by Natural England, through DEFRA’s Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund, to create a 21st century percussion instrument using rocks found throughout Cumbria. The project is being hosted by Brantwood, the former home of philosopher John Ruskin and a prime tourist attraction in Cumbria, and will reflect Ruskin’s approach to geology, nature and music. As well as constructing instruments from musical rocks and stones, the project links multimedia, computer vision, computer music and digital media, to create interactive explanations of the geology and musical properties of the selected rocks. The project involves geologists with extensive knowledge of the Lake District, as well as the School of Music’s Dr Kia Ng and other instrument specialists, and the staff at Brantwood. Dame Evelyn Glennie demonstrated the completed instrument at its launch on 19 August 2010, which was open to the public.
LUCEAT Network: Music Research and Practice (Professor Philip Wilby): Enhancement and Development of Local and Regional Choral Activity
The Leeds University Choral Expertise and Attainment (LUCEAT) Network brings together directors and singers from across the north of England. It focuses on dissemination of music (through the Philip Wilby Choral Library), and of research and practice (through workshops and concerts) of University staff and associated experts. It has a particular mission of skills enhancement and development for local and regional choral directors and singers; annual LUCEAT workshops held in the Clothworkers’ Centenary Concert Hall in the School of Music engage a range of participants who may not otherwise have considered accessing the University’s expertise and facilities. A vital component of the LUCEAT Network is the Philip Wilby Choral Library at the School of Music, a substantial collection of published and unpublished choral music. It features unique or extremely rare works including editions not available elsewhere, made by researchers in the School. The LUCEAT Network seeks to actively influence and enrich musical culture and to benefit society more widely by developing research into choral music, improving practice, widening choral participation, and offering high quality musical performances
String Chamber Music of the Classical German School, 1840-1900: A Scholarly Investigation through Reconstructive Performance
David Milsom, July 2009
This folio comprises a set of collated materials for works performed as part of this project, the aim of which was to make a set of new study recordings, based upon the intelligence we have for nineteenth-century German string performing practice of the so-called ‘classical’ German school; that is the tradition espoused by Louis Spohr, musicians based in Leipzig at the time of Mendelssohn, and Joseph Joachim and his protégés, who represented perhaps the final flowering of this tradition before it was expunged by artistic sensibilities of a rather different aesthetic motivation in the early years of the twentieth century.