Centre for the History of Music in Britain, the Empire and the Commonwealth

A sketch of Dan Godfrey by Ernest FarrarCHOMBEC (Centre for the History of Music in Britain, the Empire and the Commonwealth) exists to encourage and provide a focal point for research into the history of music in the British Empire, in Britain, and within the West Country. Founded by Stephen Banfield in 2006 it is currently co-directed by Florian Scheding and Guido Heldt.  Housed at the Victoria Rooms, CHOMBEC is located within the university’s Faculty of Arts and has developed partnerships with other centres within the faculty, as well as with a network of institutions and researchers worldwide.

Please explore these pages to find out more about our projects, events, archives, and the MA in British Music that has grown out of the Centre's work.


Latest News


CHOMBEC News 20 is now out and has been sent to members

Pastoralism and modernity in the Southern mountains: a centenary symposium on Cecil Sharp's 1916 Appalachian journey

Conference, Cecil Sharp House, London, 16 July 2016. Please see the events page for further details.

AMS Award for CHOMBEC Founder, Prof. Stephen Banfield

Prof. Emeritus Stephen Banfield, CHOMBEC’s founding director has been elected a Corresponding Member of the American Musicological Society; see the News page for further details.

New publications

Musica Britannica 99: Savoy Curtain-Raisers, edited by CHOMBEC contributor Christopher O'Brien, and The Music of Frank Bridge by Fabian Huss (CHOMBEC Administrator) have both been published recently; see the News page for further details.



Recent News Archive

West Gallery Music Association Research Meeting 4

The West Gallery Music Association Research Meeting 4, Saturday 6 February 2016. Please see the event page for full details.


CHOMBEC News 19 is now out - see the Newsletter page where CHOMBEC News 17 is now available to download.

Funny Tones: Music in British Film and Television Comedy

A CHOMBEC/Screen Research workshop for the Institute for Advanced Studies

7 July 2015 - see the Events page for details.

Funding success

CHOMBEC newsletter's designer and first editor, Philip Lancaster (BA and MA Bristol Music Department), was awarded a British Academy postdoc in September 2014 to work further on Gurney in the Exeter University English Department.

Robert Saxton scores Archive

The University Library has recently acquired a substantial collection of musical scores by the distinguished British composer, Robert Saxton - see the News page for further details.