Recording the Modern Harpsichord – Persichetti’s Sonatas

PhD researcher Christopher D. Lewis has recently submitted his doctoral thesis AND is about to relase a new recording - double congratulations! Here he introduces us to the harpsichord music of Vincent Persichetti, whose sonatas are the focus of his most recent project: Christopher D. Lewis (Harpsichord): Vincent Persichetti: Harpsichord Sonatas Nos. 1, 3, 5, 8, 9 and Serenade. Release worldwide 14 July 2017.  Naxos Records: https://www.naxos.com/catalogue/item.asp?item_code=8. Continue reading →

Summer performances – on and off the air

Professor David Owen Norris describes his summer projects - a special post for all the students who think the staff are on holiday when term is over :) Pianos & Premieres The Geffrye Museum has very kindly decided to give us an 1812 Strecker grand pianoforte with divided pedal. This will fit very well with our other instruments with divided pedals – a Ganer Square of 1781, a Broadwood grand of 1828, and a Bechstein of 1902. Continue reading →

How to Write a Dissertation

In the second of our series on third year research projects, Beth Walker talks us through the steps of her project on film music: Over the course of my final year I gave myself the challenge of writing a 10,000 word dissertation titled 'Emotion in Film Music'. This was my first time completing such an extensive academic project but it was definitely worth it (especially since it counted towards my degree!). Continue reading →

Southampton composers at the Ludomusicology 2017 Conference

Postgraduate  Music student Ben Jameson tells about a recent conference attended by Southampton composers. The Ludomusicology Research Group is an organisation comprised of academics from various universities, dedicated to the study of game music. Founded in 2011, their 6th annual conference took place this April at Bath Spa University, and had a specific focus on the theme of ‘performance’. Continue reading →

The Human Project

Final year BA Music student Bethany Stenning tells us about her current project. Over the past few months, beginning in November, I have been planning, directing and producing The Human Project. The music for the project will count towards my final year Commercial Composition double module, but I decided I wanted to challenge myself even more – and learn more about filming, another passion of mine, in the process. Continue reading →

Sound Heritage down under

Jeanice Brooks reports on the latest Sound Heritage venture: I've just returned from a wonderful symposium at Elizabeth Bay House in Sydney, organised by Dr Matthew Stephens of Sydney Living Museums. Matthew is the research librarian of SLM's Caroline Simpson Library and Research Collection, and he has been the international member representing Australia at the study days held by the Sound Heritage network in the UK over the past two years. Continue reading →

A Constant Heart

PhD Student Kate Hawnt tells about recent developments in her research: Last week I had the honour of being invited to attend the book launch of a very special publication that has considerable significance for my research:  A CONSTANT HEART: The War Diaries of Maud Russell 1938-1945, edited by Emily Russell.  The event happened at the National Trust property Mottisfont Abbey, once home to Maud Russell and the rest of the Russell family.  Her youngest son, Raymond, is the focus of my PhD. Continue reading →

Line Upon Line

Jamie Howell, MMus Composition student, tells us about a recent concert and workshop by the group Line Upon Line. Having arrived from their hometown of Austin, Texas the previous day, the contemporary percussion group Line Upon Line gave a brilliant performance of new and recent music in a lunchtime concert on Monday 6th March. Continue reading →

Conducting Acis and Galatea

Lucy Grant (year 2) tells us about the her experience as Musical Director of the university's Chamber Opera Society production last weekend: Acis and Galatea is an opera composed by Handel, based upon a text by the author John Gay. The opera was first performed in 1718 as a single act piece; however, Handel later devised a two-act opera, first performed in 1739, and it was this version we performed. Continue reading →

Bath Open Score Lab

Postgraduate composition student Alex Glyde-Bates tells about a recent visit to the Open Score Lab at Bath Spa University On the 1st February, myself, Ben Jameson and our supervisor, Dr Matthew Shlomowitz made our way to Bath Spa University. We had been kindly invited to talk about our work at a new research study group called Open Score Lab based at the University. Continue reading →

OUT-TAKE Ensemble presents: the music of Laurence Crane

Postgraduate Music student Ben Jameson tells about a forthcoming concert by new Southampton group OUT-TAKE Ensemble. OUT-TAKE Ensemble is a new contemporary music group based in Southampton, dedicated to commissioning new works by young composers and performing other experimental repertoire by more established names. The group’s founder is Southampton composition PhD student Alexander Glyde-Bates, who also contributes his tuba skills to the group. Continue reading →