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The story of ‘Danny Boy’

One of the second-year MA students, Anne Ku, has been investigating the origins of the song ‘Danny Boy’, and has been successful in finding an outlet for her research. The fascinating story that she’s unearthed can be read here: http://corymbus.co.uk/tracing-the-origins-of-danny-boy/  

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MA study day

On Monday 9 October some of the MA students met for a study day in Milton Keynes. The morning was spent exploring the two MA modules A873 and A874, followed by a group reading session considering Roland Barthes’ classic text, ‘The grain … Continue reading

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New PhD students

New PhD students Paul Britten and Nick Curley are starting their studies following their successful completion of the Open University MA in Music. Paul is working on English municipal orchestras in the 19th- and 20th centuries. Nick is focusing on … Continue reading

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Soundscapes of Australia in paperback

Fiona Richards’ edited book, The Soundscapes of Australia, has just come out in paperback. It’s been produced as part of the Routledge Paperback Direct programme, which is a way of publishing cheaper editions of successful hardbacks for customers to purchase directly from the Routledge website. The idea … Continue reading

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Working in Lincolnshire archives

MA students are continuing to unearth exciting new archival materials. Helen Earl is working on “Folk Fishing in North Lincolnshire 1904-1908”, investigating Percy Grainger’s ‘helpers’, singers, villages and songs. Like some of the other MA students she has been working with digital … Continue reading

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Working in university archives

One of the current MA students, James McNeill, has been working on archival materials over the summer. Here he writes about his recent work: My dissertation is on the subject of whether we can find the themes which Gerald Finzi … Continue reading

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Listening to Frederick Grinke

Over the last year Fiona Richards has been working on recordings of the wonderful violinist Frederick Grinke, who trained at the Royal Academy of Music and went on to become a great advocate of English music. An update on her work has … Continue reading

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Paper accepted for prestigious folk music conference

One of the current MA students, Peter McLoughlin, has had a paper accepted for the upcoming English folk song conference at Cecil Sharp House in London. The theme of the conference is the history and transmission of traditional tunes and popular … Continue reading

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Working on operatic versions of Hamlet

Australian composer Brett Dean’s operatic version of Hamlet was premiered at Glyndebourne in June.  It’s a bold new work, which has received many very favourable reviews. Current MA student Nick Arratoon has taken the decision to include this piece within his dissertation. Here … Continue reading

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Sue Elliott (MA Open) has conference paper accepted

One of the MA graduates of 2016, Sue Elliott, has had a paper accepted for a leading conference, the First International Conference on Women’s Work in Music. Sue’s MA dissertation forms the basis of her conference paper,’Women Composers and the … Continue reading

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