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BBC Proms interval feature

On Monday 5 September, Robert Samuels from the Music Department will be in conversation with presenter Ian Skelly as the interval feature for that evening’s concert in the BBC Proms season.  The discussion will focus on Mahler’s First Symphony, which will … Continue reading

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Pre-concert talk on 8 March

Following our successful Study Day held on 15 February, the next event in our partnership with The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment will be a pre-concert talk by the Music Department’s Robert Samuels on 8 March at the Southbank Centre, … Continue reading

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OAE premieres new concert on digital platform

The Music Department’s partner orchestra, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, has recorded the programme of a concert scheduled during the global health crisis for performance on its digital platform, OAE Player. The film goes live on 10 February 2021 … Continue reading

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OU academic writes about Beethoven for international virtual exhibition

December 2020 sees Beethoven’s 250th birthday, and to mark the anniversary, Dr Robert Samuels of the OU Music Department has contributed an item to Romantic Europe: The Virtual Exhibition (RÊVE). The exhibition publishes a new ‘exhibit’ each month, and each contains an … Continue reading

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Pre-concert talks with the OAE

The next events in our partnership with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment are pre-concert talks by Robert Samuels of the OU Music department, before the orchestra’s programme ‘Mozart’s Final Flourish’. The concerts present the composer’s last three symphonies (No. … Continue reading

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PhD is student’s fourth OU music qualification

OU Music student Tom Hewitt has qualified for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) after successfully completing his viva voce examination on 8 January. Tom’s thesis was supervised by Robert Samuels of the Music Department and David Roden of the … Continue reading

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Research round-up: December 2019

Here’s a quick round-up of recent research activities, publications and events involving OU Music academics. Prize for Emeritus Professor’s book The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Brass Instruments, edited by Trevor Herbert, Arnold Myers and John Wallace, has been named as one … Continue reading

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Major book award for Emeritus Professor of Music

The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Brass Instruments, edited by Trevor Herbert, Arnold Myers and John Wallace, has been named as one of the winners of the Choice Outstanding Academic Titles of 2019. Choice is the reviews journal of the Association of … Continue reading

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OU Honours Howard Goodall at Brighton Degree Ceremony

The composer Howard Goodall was given an honorary doctorate at the Open University’s Brighton degree ceremony on Saturday 19 October. Howard was presented for the degree by Robert Samuels of the Music Department. Robert’s address to those at the ceremony, … Continue reading

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Congratulations to Dr Martyn Strachan!

Congratulations to Dr Martyn Strachan, who was awarded his PhD at the OU graduation ceremony in Glasgow on 27 September. Martyn’s thesis, Style in the Music of Arthur Sullivan: An Investigation, was supervised by Fiona Richards, Martin Clarke and Rosemary Golding. … Continue reading

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