Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Music

Music Research Colloquia

Thursdays at 4.30pm in Lecture Theatre 1, School of Music

A wide-ranging programme of Research Colloquia, featuring invited guest speakers and staff from the School of Music, covering a broad view of current musicology and interdisciplinary research, including composition and technology; music and social sciences; music management; new approaches to music history; music psychology; and performance (analysis, history, pedagogy, practice).

Pre- and post-colloquium drinks

The School of Music foyer and bar will be open from 4.00pm each Thursday for informal drinks and discussion prior to the Colloquium.
The foyer and bar will also be open after the Colloquium to continue the conversation with the Colloquium speaker and other attendees.

Semester 2, 2017-18

Archive of previous colloquia

Jacques Launay, Brunel University
Is music an evolutionary adaptation for social bonding?
Thursday 25 January 2018

Daniel Herscovitch (Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney)
Colloquium & Recital: ‘The Art of Fugue’ – the culminating work of Bach’s final decade
Thursday 1 February 2018

Kerry Hagan (University of Limerick)
Collaboration and composing with new musical algorithms
Thursday 8 February 2018

John Cunningham, University of Bangor
Charles Dibdin at Leeds: the Freemantle Collection
Thursday 15 February 2018

James Saunders (Open Scores Lab, Bath Spa University)
Group behaviours as music
Thursday 22 February 2018

Daragh O’Reilly (University of Sheffield)
Uses of the past in branding musical artists
Thursday 1 March 2018

Tony Whyton (BCU Royal Birmingham Conservatoire)
Wilkie’s story: hidden musicians, cosmopolitan connections, and dominant jazz histories
Thursday 8 March 2018

Simon Warner (University of Leeds)
Days of Independents: Narratives of Authenticity in the Music Industry, 1940–1990
Thursday 15 March 2018

Barbara Kelly (Royal Northern College of Music)
Jane Bathori’s music action in war-time Paris: remembering, forgetting and recovered memories
Thursday 19 April 2018

Jung Yoon Cho (University of Leeds)
Behind the notation: Understanding Brahms’s expectations for performers
Thursday 26 April 2018

David Hesmondhalgh (University of Leeds)
Musical production and consumption in the age of streaming
Thursday 3 May 2018

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Archive of previous seminars

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Semester 1, 2017-18

Julia Zupancic, LMU Munich
Thinking Music in Terms of ‘Progress’: The West German Post-War Debates
Thursday 28 September 2017

Matthew Sergeant, Bath Spa University
Made by Matter: Reflections on agency in my recent compositional practice
Thursday 5 October 2017

Ross Cole, University of Cambridge
‘Entwined together in this culture of death’: Nick Cave, the Bad Seeds, and the Blues
Thursday 12 October 2017

Katherine Hambridge, Durham University
Popularising the Popular
Thursday 19 October 2017

George Kennaway, University of Leeds
The ‘Ingenious Professor’ John Gunn (1766-1824), Scottish Musician and Historian
Thursday 26 October 2017

Guido Heldt, University of Bristol
Dots, Loops and Squeaks. Music, Sound and Humour in Abstract Films by Norman McLaren
Thursday 2 November 2017

Andy Hamilton, Durham University
Rhythm and Stasis: A Humanistic Account
Thursday 16 November 2017

Samuel Hertz, Composer/Sound Artist
Deep Time, Slow Dance: Propositions
Thursday 23 November 2017

Dorien Schampaert, University of Leeds
The Shaping of the Ondes Martenot in the 21st Century
Thursday 30 November 2017

Sarah Mawby, University of Leeds
Exploring ‘best practice’ in SEN/D music education
Thursday 7 December 2017


Helena Gaunt, Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Thursday 26 January 2017
Making it work as a professional in the performing arts: shaping identity through creative entrepreneurship

Richard Glover, Wolverhampton University
Thursday 2 February 2017
Notational developments in music of gradual process

Kenneth Hamilton, Cardiff University
Thursday 9 February 2017
Interpretation and Its Discontents: approaches to the theory and practice of interpretation

Steve Muir, University of Leeds
Thursday 16 February 2017
Performing the Jewish Archive

Ian Sapiro, University of Leeds
Thursday 23 February 2017
‘Simple, Medium, and Shebang’: Trevor Jones and the Film-Music Toolkit

James Williams, University of Derby
Thursday 2 March 2017
Expanding Ethnomusicology: Evolutions towards Ethnosonicological Research Methods

Clive McClelland, University of Leeds
Thursday 9 March 2017
Haydn, Tempesta and the Myth of Sturm und Drang

Alistair Zaldua, Canterbury Christ Church University
Thursday 16 March 2017
Notation, Translation, Improvisation

Sean Williams, Universities of Kent, Edinburgh
Thursday 23 March 2017
Instrument design and performance practice in early electronic music

Jacopo Gianninoto,  Assumption University of Bangkok, Thailand
Thursday 27 April 2017
Lute, Contemporary Music and the art work in the post-era of mechanical reproduction

Elaine King, University of Hull
Thursday 4 May 2017
Performers’ Perspectives on ‘Feel’ in Music

Christopher Haworth, University of Leeds
Thursday 29 September, 2016
Underground Music and the Internet: From Microsound to Vaporwave

Albini Saragu, University of Leeds
Thursday 6 October 2016
Developing a multicultural model of children’s Music and Movement activities

Michael Winter
Thursday 13 October 2016
Over 300 years ago, Leibniz predicted many current trends in music: a lecture/ performance

Catherine Haworth, University of Huddersfield
Thursday 20 October 2016
On the Beat with The Falcon: scoring the adventure programmer at RKO

Simo Muir, University of Leeds
Thursday 27 October 2016
Jewish musical activities in Finland during World War II

Sarah Hall, University of Leeds
Thursday 3 November 2016
The Television Music of Trevor Jones: Exploring an Audio-Visual Archive

Arne DeForce, cellist
Thursday 10 November 2016
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Peter Martens, University of Stellenbosch
Thursday 17 November 2016
Contemporary performance of the sonatas for cello and piano by Ludwig van Beethoven, as informed by Carl Czerny

Rob Bentall, Leeds College of Music
Thursday 24 November 2016
Genre Hybridisation in Electroacoustic Music Composition

Derek Scott, University of Leeds
Thursday 1 December 2016
Silver-Age Operetta: The Power of an Early 20th-Century Transcultural Entertainment Industry

Alannah Halay, University of Leeds
Thursday 8 December 2016
‘avant garde’ and ‘Avant Garde’: A Practice-Led Investigation


Tenley Martin, University of Leeds
Thursday 01 October 2015, 16:30-18:00
Flamenco Britannica – ‘This is my culture too’: The impact of the individual driver in the appropriation and transmission of UK Flamenco

Sophy Smith, DeMontfort University
Thursday 08 October 2015, 16:30-18:00
Transmedia Performance Practice and Creative uses of Social Media

Alinka Greasley, University of Leeds
Thursday 15 October 2015, 16:30-18:00
Hearing aids for music: exploring the music listening behaviour of people with hearing impairments

Vic Gammon & Arthur Knevett, Newcastle University
Thursday 22 October 2015, 16:30-18:00
The Idea of the Peasant and the English Folk Song Collectors (c.1830-1925)

Laura Hamer, Liverpool Hope University
Thursday 29 October 2015, 16:30-18:00
Catharsis, Commentary, Protest: Elsa Barraine’s Deuxième Symphonie (1938)

Naomi Norton, Royal Northern College of Music
Thursday 05 November 2015, 16:30-18:00
Health and Wellness Education for Musicians: Investigating Music Teachers’ Perspectives

John Dack, Middlesex University
Thursday 12 November 2015, 16:30-18:00
Pierre Schaeffer, Musique Concrète and the Instrument

Pedro Alvarez, composer
Thursday 19 November 2015, 16:30-18:00
Situational composition and its conjunction with improvisation

Liza Lim, University of Huddersfield
Thursday 26 November 2015, 16:30-18:00
Thinking through sensations via analogy

Jo Hutton, University of Southampton
Thursday 03 December 2015, 16:30-18:00
Electric Storm: Inventions, Systems and Techniques in Electronic Composition (1950-80s)

Sumanth Gopinath, University of Minnesota
Thursday 10 December 2015, 16:30-18:00
Speculative Hermeneutics, Scottish Memory, and James Dillon’s String Quartet No. 6

Owen Coggins, Open University
Thursday 28 January 2016, 16:30-18:00
Drone Metal Mysticism: Religious Language and Protest in Extreme Metal Music

Mark Knoop, University of Southampton
Thursday 04 February 2016, 16:30-18:00
Clicks and tricks: Solving problems of synchronisation in musical performance

Sally Anne Gross, University of Westminster
Thursday 11 February 2016, 16:30-18:00
State of Emergency: The Production of Music is Out of Control

John Sloboda, Keele University  
Thursday 18 February 2016, 16:30-18:00
Audiences for live classical music: why do they attend (or not), and how can composers, performers, and promoters better engage them?

David Patmore, University of Sheffield
Thursday 25 February 2016, 16:30-18:00
Commerce, Competition, Consequences: The British Record Industry 1923-1931

Danielle Hood, University of Leeds
Thursday 03 March 2016, 16:30-18:00
Doubles and Duplicity: Topics in Vienna around the long fin-de-siècle, 1874–1928

Clive Brown, University of Leeds  
Thursday 10 March 2016, 16:30-18:00
Editing Brahms’ Sonatas: Reading between the Lines of the Notation

Bret Battey, DeMontfort University
Thursday 17 March 2016, 16:30-18:00
Wayfinding, Algorithm, Impermanence

William Baldry, University of Leeds
Thursday 21 April 2016, 16:30-18:00
The application of hip-hop turntable technique within avant-garde contexts

James Dillon, University of Minnesota  
Thursday 28 April 2016, 16:30-18:00
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Semester 1, 2014-15

Colin Huehns, Royal Academy of Music
Thursday 2 October 2014, 16:30-18:00
The Book of Songs (诗经) and Erhu Compositions by Liu Tianhua (刘天华): Historical Sources for the Study of Chinese Music

Christopher Roberts, University of Leeds
Thursday 9 October 2014, 16:30-18:00
She played extremely well on the harpsichord. Her fortune likewise was large’: the musical and romantic pursuits of John Courtney, an eighteenth-century Beverley gentleman

Renee Timmers, Sheffield University
Thursday 16 October 2014, 16:30-18:00
Interrelations between cross-modal and emotional meaning in three performances of Schubert’s ‘Die Stadt’

Laura Anderson, University of Leeds
Thursday 23 October 2014, 16:30-18:00
Sonic Self-Reflection: Jean Cocteau’s soundscape for Le Testament d’Orphée

James Mooney, University of Leeds
Thursday 30 October 2014, 16:30-18:00
Hugh Davies’s Electronic Music Documentation, 1961-68

James Roberts, Leeds University Business School
Thursday 6 November 2014, 16:30-18:00
Corporate capabilities and the challenges of digitisation: lessons from the popular music and broadcasting sectors

Mark Doffman, Oxford University
Thursday 13 November 2014,16:30-18:00
Good time? Timekeeping in contemporary music

Lauren Redhead, Canterbury Christ Church University
Thursday 20 November 2014, 16:30-18:00
Dual Roles and Split Personalities: Undertaking Practice-Led Research in Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Contexts

Gretchen Larsen, University of Durham
Thursday 27 November 2014, 16:30-18:00
Pushing the Boundaries: Groupies and the Trangression of Fandom

Seth Josel, contemporary guitarist</strong%


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