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Dr Rosemary Golding

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Profile summary

  • Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) and Lecturer in Music
  • Faculty of Arts
  • Music
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Professional biography

Rosemary Golding joined the Open University as an Associate Lecturer in 2009, and as Staff Tutor in Music in 2010. Rosemary studied for a BA and MSt at Merton College, Oxford, and completed her PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London. Rosemary’s research has focussed on the history of music as an academic discipline during the nineteenth century.

Rosemary is currently Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching in the Faculty of Arts. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research interests

In 2013 her book, Music and Academia in Victorian Britain, was published by Ashgate. Building on work undertaken for the PhD, this book traces the development of music as a university subject at four British universities during the nineteenth century: Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh and London.

Rosemary’s research has extended to cover areas of institutional and cultural history of music in nineteenth-century Britain. She is interested in musical identities, and particularly in the history of the music profession. She is currently writing about organists and organ recitals, and about some of the music composed for Oxford music degrees.

Rosemary is keen to hear from students interested in any area of music in nineteenth-century Britain, in the social and institutional history of music, and in music education.


‘Dynamics of Change’ in Times Higher Education no. 2122 (10-16 October 2013); published online as ‘Music and the ‘Mickey Mouse’ degree debate’
Music and Academia in Victorian Britain (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013).
 ‘(Re-)configuring the idea of the Conservatoire in late-nineteenth-century London’ in L. Sirch, M. Sita and M. Vaccarini (ed.), L’Insegnamento dei Conservatori, la Composizione e la Vita Musicale nell’Europa dell’Ottocento (Lucca: LIM, 2012), pp 141- 157.
‘Musical Chairs: the Construction of ‘Music’ in Nineteenth-Century British Universities’, in Nineteenth Century Music Review Vol. 6 (December 2009), pp. 19-39.

Selected conference papers

‘Defining (academic) music in nineteenth-century Britain’, OU Music Department Research day, October 2013.
‘Organ Recitals, education, repertoire, and a new musical public in nineteenth-century Edinburgh’ La Spezia, July 2013.
‘Status, Identity and the College of Organists’, Cardiff, June 2013.
‘“A Music School for Scotland”: Music Education and National Identity in late-nineteenth-century Edinburgh’ at the Biennial Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music, Edinburgh, June 2012.
‘Why study music? Historical perspectives on status and identity’: invited speaker at the University of Newcastle Music Skills Symposium, September 2009.
‘The ‘University Object’: Degrees, Diplomas and the Idea of the Music Qualification in Late Nineteenth-Century Britain’ at the biennial conference on Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain, Bristol, July 2009.
‘Disciplining Music?: The Early History of the Reid Chair at the University of Edinburgh’: invited speaker at the University of Edinburgh Music Department Research Seminar series, January 2009.
‘(Re-)configuring the idea of the Conservatoire in late-nineteenth-century London’: invited speaker at Milan Conservatory, November 2008.
‘A ‘troublesome matter’: Musical Study and Institutional Identity in 1890s London’ at the Royal Musical Association Annual Meeting, Aberdeen, July 2008.
‘Why study Music? The view from Cambridge, 1877’ at the Biennial Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music, Dublin, June 2008.
‘Music and Institutional Identity: the University of London in the Nineteenth Century’ as part of the Institute of Historical Research series ‘Music in Britain: a Social History Seminar’, London, January 2008.
‘Musical Chairs: the Construction of ‘Music’ in Nineteenth-Century British Universities’ at the American Musicological Society Annual Meeting, Quebec City, November 2007

Teaching interests

Rosemary has worked as an Associate Lecturer on the introductory interdisciplinary module AA100, and the third-level music module AA302. As Staff Tutor she manages tuition on a range of modules across the Arts disciplines.

Rosemary has been module team chair for the Music MA modules A870 and A871 since September 2011. She supervises a number of PhD students, including topics in music and its social history in nineteenth-century Britain. Rosemary is also contributing to new curriculum in Music.


Musical Chairs: the Construction of ‘Music’ in Nineteenth-Century British Universities (2009-12)
Golding, Rosemary
Nineteenth-Century Music Review, 6(2) (pp. 19-39)
Music and Academia in Victorian Britain (2013-08)
Golding, Rosemary
Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain
ISBN : 978-1-4094-5751-0 | Publisher : Ashgate | Published : Farnham
(Re)-configuring the idea of the Conservatoire in late-nineteenth-century London (2012)
Golding, Rosemary
In: Sirch, Licia; Sità, Maria Grazia and Vaccarini, Marina eds. L´insegnamento dei conservatori, la composizione e la vita musicale nell´Europa dell´Ottocento. Strumenti della Ricerca Musicale (19)
ISBN : 978870966947 | Publisher : Libreria Musicale Italiana | Published : Lucca