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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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Audiences Love New OU/BBC series ‘A History of Music and Technology’

Pick of the Week by The Times, the landmark OU/BBC series ‘A History of Music and Technology’ is proving a real hit on BBC World Service Radio on Saturdays at 12.06 BST – or catch-up online here. Pink Floyd’s Nick … Continue reading

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Laura Hamer gives pre-concert talk for Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

On Thursday 28 February, Laura Hamer gave a pre-concert talk for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (RLPO). The talk, which took the form of a conversation with BBC Radio Merseyside’s Angela Heslop, focused upon the later-nineteenth- and earlier-twentieth-century female French … Continue reading

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Robert Samuels to give OAE pre-concert talk on 4 February

The next event in the Department’s partnership with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) is their concert at the Royal Festival Hall in London’s Southbank Centre on Monday 4 February. The concert has the title Love and Duty, and … Continue reading

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The Classical Music Lover’s Companion to Orchestral Music

A new  – and epic – book is about to appear, written by ex-member of the music department, and before that of the BBC at the OU, Dr Robert Philip. Robert’s Classical Music Lover’s Companion to Orchestral Music, thirteen years … Continue reading

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Welcome to Dr Alexander Kolassa

OU Music is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Alexander Kolassa to the position of Lecturer in Music. Alex received his PhD in Music Composition at the University of Nottingham in 2015. Since then, he has taught composition and musicology at … Continue reading

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OU presents Study Day at Oxford Lieder Festival

For the fourth year in a row, the Literature and Music Research Group at the OU is presenting a Study Day as part of the Oxford Lieder Festival, on Sunday 14 October 2018. This year’s festival is called The Grand Tour: … Continue reading

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Certificate: The Practice of Music Making Live Q&A

  Friday 13 July, 19.00 Join us live on Facebook on Friday 13th July at 19.00 for a Q&A with the Certificate: The Practice of Music Making (CPMM) Programme Leader, Aleks Szram.     This is your chance to ask … Continue reading

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What is it like studying ‘The Practice of Music Making’?

Andrea Lea, one of  this year’s students on The Practice of Music Making, the Certificate written in collaboration with Trinity Laban Conservatoire, has written about her experience studying with us in a ‘guest blog’ for Making Music, the organisation that supports … Continue reading

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