Research in Music at Bristol encompasses composition, musicology and performance. We recognise these fields as being of equal importance, and staff research often falls within more than one area. Our key fields of research include the following:
Here is a selection of current and recent funded projects led by our academics:
Michael Ellison explores the interaction of Western and Middle Eastern musical cultures (especially Turkish) through ensemble and orchestral music, and opera.
Neal Farwell works in a range of media, including acoustic ensemble, tape, live electronics and installation.
Our studio work is supported by Jonathan Scott.
In roughly chronological order, from chant to hip hop:
Emma Hornby is a chant scholar working with manuscripts from the 10th to the 13th centuries; her prime interests are in oral transmission and performance practice. She currently directs an European Research Council project on Old Hispanic Chant.
Katharine Ellis researches music and musical life in 19th-century France, especially the ways socio-political influences frame musical activity and listener experience.
Kate Guthrie studies the social, political and cultural history of music in mid-twentieth-century Britain.
Guido Heldt works in two major fields: music in film and television, and English music in the first half of the 20th century.
Florian Scheding specialises in music and migration, especially the displacement of European musics and musicians caused by the political upheavals of the 20th century.
Pauline Fairclough works on music and politics, especially Soviet musical culture.
Justin Williams specialises in popular music studies, in particular, hip hop and jazz.
Bristol is home to CHOMBEC (Centre for the History of Music in Britain, the Empire and the Commonwealth). In addition, we direct major publicly-funded projects, run research networks and curate open-access research resources for the benefit of all.
Our research forms part of the overall research activities and strategies of the Faculty of Arts and the Bristol Institute for Research in the Humanities and Arts (BIRTHA).
100 per cent of our work in the Department of Music is considered to be of international quality, with 74 per cent rated either 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent', according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.