Author Archives: Catherine Tackley

New Blog Feature: Academic of the Month

Here in the Music Department we thought we’d give you some insights into what we’re up to through a new ‘academic of the month’ feature on our blog. As it was my idea, my colleagues have kindly nominated me (Catherine) … Continue reading

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OU Music Department announces partnership with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

A reception held during ‘The Hidden Musicians revisited’ conference formally announced a learning partnership between the OU Music Department and the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment. Delegates enjoyed a performance from one of the orchestra’s cellists, Jonathan Rees. … Continue reading

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‘The Hidden Musicians revisited’ conference a huge success

The music department hosted a highly successful international conference entitled ‘Hidden Musicians Revisited’ on 11-12 January. The theme of the conference was chosen in honour of Emeritus Professor Ruth Finnegan, whose seminal book The Hidden Musicians: Music-Making in an English … Continue reading

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The Music Department prepares to welcome delegates to ‘The Hidden Musicians revisited’ conference

We are greatly looking forward to welcoming around 60 delegates from around the world to The Open University for our ‘The Hidden Musicians revisited’ conference next week. The programme includes papers, panels and roundtables covering wide spectrum of musical style and … Continue reading

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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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