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Professor John Pickard

Professor John Pickard

Professor John Pickard
B.Mus., Ph.D.(Wales)

Professor of Composition & Applied Musicology

Area of research


Victoria Rooms,
Queens Road, Clifton BS8 1SA
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 3314049

Research summary

John Pickard received his BMus. degree from Bangor University in 1984, where his composition teacher was William Mathias. Between 1984 and 1985 he studied with Louis Andriessen at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, Netherlands on a Dutch Ministry of Culture Scholarship. He was awarded a PhD in composition in 1989 and has worked at the University of Bristol since 1993. He was awarded a Personal Chair in 2009.

John is best known for his orchestral and chamber music. He has written five symphonies (No. 2 premièred by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in 1989; No. 3, a BBC commission for ...

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I joined the University in 1993, working initially in the Department for Continuing Education. I was responsible for running a part-time degree in Music and for organising - and in many cases teaching - short courses and dayschools in Bristol and surrounding counties. In 1998 I transferred to the Music Department, initially doing the same sort of thing, but gradually became increasingly involved in Undergraduate and Postgraduate teaching, until, in 2003, I was fully absorbed into mainstream teaching.

I was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2003 and was awarded a Personal Chair in 2009.

Between 2009 and 2013 I was Head of ...

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