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Mark Gotham


Mark Gotham is a composer, conductor, and scholar based in Cambridge, UK. He graduated from the University of Oxford with the Gibbs prize for the highest-ranking first class degree awarded in music; from the Royal Northern College of Music with an MMus in composition (supported by a full Arts and Humanities Research Council scholarship); and from the University of Cambridge with a Ph.D. in music theory (Newton Trust scholarship). His thesis was described by the examiners as 'excellent' (Alan Marsden) and 'formidable' (Robert Pascall).

Mark now works at the University of Cambridge as Artist By-Fellow and Director of Music-Making at Churchill College, and as a supervisor and visiting lecturer at the Faculty of Music. He is also an orchestral conductor with 'a natural ability' (Mark Heron), a choral director with 'much to offer' (Tim Brown) and a composer with 'an exciting new voice' (Sarah MacDonald). Highlights include conducting members of both the London Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra, and a debut disc of music for choir(s) and keyboard(s) featuring The Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge to be released in 2016 by Regent Records.


I am a 'visiting' lecturer and course leader for 1B Orchestration, and I supervise extensively for this and other modules in composition, counterpoint, and 20th century analysis. I am always happy to discuss dissertation topics with prospective students, especially those working on the theory and analysis of modern music.

Key Publications

Music theory

  • ‘Hierarchy and position usage in mixed metres’ (under review: Journal of New Musicological Research)
  • ‘Metre Metrics’, Music Theory Online, 21/2 (June 2015).
  • ‘Attractor Tempos for Metrical Structures’, Journal of Mathematics and Music, 9/1 (March 2015).

Book reviews

  • Review of E. Roxburgh 2014: ‘Conducting for a new era’ (in press with Music and Letters, 2015)
  • ‘Music of the Circles’, a Review of G. Toussaint 2013, Music Theory Online, Issue 19.2 (June 2013).

Concert programming / contemporary music

  • ‘Coherence in concert programming’, International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music (IRASM), Vol. 45/2 (December 2014)
  • ‘First impressions: on the programming and concert presentation of new music today’, Tempo, 68 / 267.
Conference highlights
  • 2014 IRCAM, Paris. Invited speaker at the MaMux (Mathematics and Music) seminar series
  • 2014 RMA Music and Mathematics study day, University of Leeds.
  • 2014 BIBAC, Cambridge. Presenter of ‘Mixed metres in theory and Practice’, composer, co-organiser.
  • 2014 Analytical Approaches to World Music, SOAS, London. Presenter / member of the S.M.A. panel.

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