Author Archives: Catherine Tackley

Musicians receive Honorary Awards from the Open University

Two musicians have been honoured with awards at Open University degree ceremonies this year. Kathryn Tickell was made Master of the University at the ceremony in Gateshead in June. Kathryn is a composer and performer whose work is deeply connected … Continue reading

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UPDATED ‘The Hidden Musicians revisited conference’, Milton Keynes, 11-12 January 2016

We are delighted to reveal the provisional programme for ‘The Hidden Musicians revisited’ a conference organised by the Music Department at The Open University. The programme includes papers, panels and roundtables covering wide spectrum of musical style and practice. It features … Continue reading

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Symposium: ‘Words into Music: Poets, Composers and Song’

The Oxford Lieder Festival, now established as the leading festival of its kind in the UK, begins on Friday 16th October with a symposium on the theme ‘Words into Music: Poets, Composers and Song’ organised by the OU Literature and … Continue reading

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Why Ibiza club music at a classical concert is a clash we should embrace

Catherine Tackley’s article reflecting on the popular music content in the 2015 BBC Proms season has been published online in The Conversation.

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4. Music is creative

Music is creative – you’ll learn about how musicians work creatively with sound, and experience this for yourself. As we mentioned earlier in this series of blogs, you don’t have to be an expert musician to understand more about music. … Continue reading

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2. Music is everywhere

Music is everywhere – in our modules you’ll discover how music works and explore what music means and what it does. Music is all around us, all of the time. It isn’t just something which happens in designated spaces like … Continue reading

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1. Music is for everyone

Music is for everyone – you can start studying music with us from scratch. You can begin by looking at our free taster materials on OpenLearn, or sign up for the next presentation of our MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) – From … Continue reading

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10 Reasons to Study Music at the Open University

We’re running a series of short blogs outlining reasons to study music with us. Read these as they come in at or by following the #10reasonsOUMusic hashtag on Twitter. We provide a wide range of opportunities at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, … Continue reading

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‘Story of Swing’ at the Proms

Catherine Tackley is on the panel for a free ‘Proms Extra’ event taking place at the Royal College of Music ahead of the ‘Story of Swing’ Prom on 11th August (5:45pm). The discussion will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 during the interval.

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Shanty and Sea Song Symposium, Aland Islands, Friday 3 July 2015

Following on from the successful ‘Atlantic Sounds: Ships and Sailortowns’ research networking project, funded by the AHRC in 2012-2014, principal investigator Catherine Tackley has been working with Hanna Hagmark-Cooper, director of the Aland Maritime Museum to present a symposium alongside the … Continue reading

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