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. Her research has focussed on the history of music as an academic discipline during the nineteenth century, on the status of music and musicians, particularly through professional institutions and accreditation, and on the relationships between music, health and wellbeing in nineteenth-century Britain. She has recently published a book on music in nineteenth-century English lunatic asylums (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021), and is preparing a documentary history on music in nineteenth-century Britain for Routledge.
As Staff Tutor in Music Rosemary has oversight of teaching in various Arts subjects, based in the central-south region of England. Rosemary was seconded from this role to the post of Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching in Arts between January 2014 and November 2015. She has contributed to Music modules including A342 (Central Questions in the Study of Music) and has served on module teams from level 1 to MA. Rosemary is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Rosemary currently works part-time; her usual core working days are Monday and Wednesday mornings, and all day Thursday and Friday.
Rosemary’s research covers 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. More recently she has written about organists and organ recitals, professional organisation and accreditation in the 1890s, and music in lunatic asylums.
Her most recent publication is a large-scale documentary history of music in nineteenth-century Britain. Commissioned by Routledge, the four volumes cover a range of topics charting the ways in which music was discussed and described in nineteenth-century print, from autobiographies to examinations of musical listening, from descriptions of concerts to philosophical texts. The volumes draw on her wide-ranging interests across the music and musical practices of nineteenth-century Britain, and offered a valuable opportunity to bring much of this research together. Details of the publication are available here: Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain - 1st Edition - Rosemary Golding (routledge.com)
Rosemary's current research draws on her long-standing interests in the relationship between music and health, and in the historical perceptions of music's health-giving properties. This intersects with her work on the identities and discourse surrounding music in nineteenth-century Britain. Her current project is focussed around music in British asylums during the nineteenth century and she has published a monograph on this subject, drawing on a rich body of archive material: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-78525-3. Her research blog is available here: https://musichealthandhappiness.wordpress.com/
Some other recent research has been published in a blog post here: http://fass.open.ac.uk/school-arts-humanities-music/news/music-moral-management-and-mental-health-what-can-we-learn
In 2013 her first monograph, Music and Academia in Victorian Britain, was published by Ashgate. This book traces the development of music as a university subject at four British universities during the nineteenth century: Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh and London. See https://www.routledge.com/Music-and-Academia-in-Victorian-Britain/Golding/p/book/9781138276659 This was followed by an edited collection of essays on the Music Profession in Britain 1780-1920. Details of the book and its contents can be found here: https://www.routledge.com/The-Music-Profession-in-Britain-1780-1920-New-Perspectives-on-Status/Golding/p/book/9781138291867
Rosemary is keen to hear from potential PhD students interested in any area of music in nineteenth-century Britain, in the social and institutional history of music, in the history of music and health, and in music education.
For a full list please see the publications tab
Music in Nineteenth Century Britain (Abingdon: Routledge, 2022)
Music and Moral Management in the Nineteenth-Century English Lunatic Asylum (Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021)
The Music Profession in Britain 1780-1920: New Perspectives on Status and Identity (Abingdon: Routledge, 2018)
Rosemary has contributed to modules across the Arts and Music curriculum, working on module teams including AA100, A224, AA302, A870, A871 and A877. She chaired the Music MA modules A870 and A871 between September 2011 and November 2014 and the second-level module A224 between August 2017 and February 2018. She wrote two online units on research skills for the Music Level 3 module A342 and a case study for MA Music module A873. Rosemary is currently chairing production of a new Music MA module, A890.
As Staff Tutor she manages tuition on a range of modules across the Arts disciplines, currently A111 and Music MA (A873, A874). She worked as an Associate Lecturer on the introductory interdisciplinary module AA100, and the third-level music module AA302.
Rosemary supervises a number of PhD students, including topics in music and its social history in nineteenth-century Britain.
As Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching in Arts (2014-15) Rosemary had responsibilities across the faculty's curriculum, including developing new module content, teaching and assessment policy, employability and accessibility.
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This project is focussed on the nature of musical activity in British asylums c. 1780-1920. I hope to investigate both the nature of activity (asylum balls, ad-hoc music making, choirs and bands, concerts, etc.) and the ideas and discourse surrounding music’s therapeutic properties. Archives will cover both private and public institutions, chosen due to known musical links or a particular reputation for moral treatment: York, Norwich, Bethlem, Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Surrey (Holloway and Brookwood).
Sounding the Archival Silence: Searching for Music in the Nineteenth-Century English Asylum (2022)
Social History of Medicine ((Early access))
Music as Therapy for the ‘exceptionally wealthy’ at the Nineteenth-Century Ticehurst Asylum (2021)
Royal Musical Association Research Chronicle ((In Press))
‘Appeasing the unstrung mental faculties’: listening to music in nineteenth-century lunatic asylums (2020-12)
Nineteenth-Century Music Review, 17(3) (pp. 403-425)
The Society of Arts and the Challenge of Professional Music Education in 1860s Britain (2017-04-01)
Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, 38(2) (pp. 128-150)
Seeking a Philosophy of Music in Higher Education: The Case of Mid-nineteenth Century Edinburgh (2016-10-31)
Philosophy of Music Education Review, 24(2) (pp. 191-212)
Organ Recitals, education, repertoire, and a new musical public in nineteenth-century Edinburgh (2014-10)
Ad Parnassum. A Journal of Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Instrumental Music, 12(24) (pp. 89-113)
Musical Chairs: the Construction of ‘Music’ in Nineteenth-Century British Universities (2009-12)
Nineteenth-Century Music Review, 6(2) (pp. 19-39)
Music and Moral Management in the Nineteenth-Century English Lunatic Asylum (2021-09)
Mental Health in Historical Perspective
ISBN : 978-3-030-78524-6 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan | Published : Cham, Switzerland
Music and Academia in Victorian Britain (2013-08)
Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain
ISBN : 978-1-4094-5751-0 | Publisher : Ashgate | Published : Farnham
Music and Mass Education: Cultivation or Control? (2019-05-31)
In: Collins, Sarah ed. Music and Victorian Liberalism: Composing the Liberal Subject (pp. 60-80)
ISBN : 9781108628778 | Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Finding Musicology in nineteenth-century Britain: contexts and conflicts (2018-11-30)
In: Wald-Fuhrmann, Melanie and Keym, Stefan eds. Wege zur Musikwissenschaft / Paths to Musicology
ISBN : 9783761824429 | Publisher : Bärenreiter Verlag
In: Golding, Rosemary ed. The Music Profession in Britain, 1780-1920: New Perspectives on Status and Identity (pp. 1-11)
Publisher : Routledge
Music teaching in the late-nineteenth century: a professional occupation? (2018-03-26)
In: Golding, Rosemary ed. The Music Profession in Britain, 1780-1920: New Perspectives on Status and Identity. Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain (pp. 128-148)
Publisher : Routledge
(Re)-configuring the idea of the Conservatoire in late-nineteenth-century London (2012)
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
Music in Nineteenth Century Britain (2022-08-15)
Golding, Rosemary ed.
ISBN : 9780367435271 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : UK
The Music Profession in Britain, 1780-1920: New Perspectives on Status and Identity (2018-03-28)
Golding, Rosemary ed.
Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain
ISBN : 9781138291867 | Publisher : Routledge