Author Archives: Catherine Tackley

Donald Burrows appointed Emeritus Professor

Earlier in the year the Department gathered to celebrate Professor Donald Burrows‘ long and distinguished career at The Open University. Although his official retirement date was the end of January, in his new role as Emeritus Professor Donald has of course … Continue reading

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Songwriting Workshop and Concert

This year, for the first time, the Music Department is holding a study day on songwriting, which is a focus within the level 2 module A224: Inside music. The event will consist of workshops on songs written by past A224 … Continue reading

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OU Music highly rated in Research Excellence Framework 2014

The quality of research produced by OU Music researchers was recognised through the Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise, the results of which were published earlier in December. Not only was the Music submission ranked highest of all those put forward by the … Continue reading

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Len Goodman’s Big Band Bonanza!

Catherine Tackley was featured on Len Goodman’s Big Band Bonanza, which was screened on BBC Four just before Christmas and isavailable on BBC iplayer  for the next 3 weeks. The programme charts the rise and fall of the British big band. … Continue reading

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Music Department Plans

The Music Department’s central academic staff recently held an event to discuss our plans for the future. Topics under consideration included curriculum, learning and teaching, the student experience and research and impact. We also shared our individual ongoing research interests … Continue reading

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Music Department Research Day, Friday 3 October, Music Research Studio

10:30 Coffee 11:00 Rachel Beale – ‘Reflections on musicianship in action in Truro, Cornwall’ 11:30 Nick Logie – ‘Perceptions of gender in conducting’ 12:00 Ben Winters – ‘‘Venedig in Wien’? Korngold’s Violanta and the Masking of Identities’ 12:30-1:15 LUNCH 1:15 … Continue reading

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New Book on Black British Jazz

Black British Jazz: Routes, Ownership and Performance edited by Jason Toynbee (OU Sociology), Catherine Tackley (OU Music) and Mark Doffman (a former OU PhD student now at the University of Oxford) will be published on 8 September. The volume was … Continue reading

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Jazz Beyond Borders Conference, Amsterdam, September 2014

Jazz Beyond Borders is a major international conference, the largest of its kind, hosted by the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. The conference seeks to critically explore how borders – real and imagined – have shaped, and continue to shape, debates about … Continue reading

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OU Music Student leads the Blues and Royals

David Hammond is an OU music research student and Director of Music of The Band of The Blues and Royals based in Windsor. The Band of The Blues and Royals is one of two mounted bands and is part of the Corps … Continue reading

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The OU at the North American British Music Studies Association Conference

The Department will be well represented at the biennial conference of the North American British Music Association in July. Rosemary Golding will present a paper on her ongoing exploration of British music education in the nineteenth century, Catherine Tackley will … Continue reading

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