skip to content

Faculty of Music


The weekly Colloquia present engaging and thought-provoking research papers covering an eclectic mix of topics and musical styles. They provide stimulating opportunities to hear and discuss the latest research by distinguished scholars and musicians from the UK and abroad.

Colloquia are held on Wednesday evenings in the Recital Room of the Faculty of Music, West Road. Please arrive at 4.50pm for a 5.00pm start. Papers are followed by discussion and a drinks reception with the speaker. Admission is free and open to the general public. All are welcome to attend.

Student Coordinators:
Jiaxi Liu:
Ian Dickson:
Sheila Guymer:


16 October

Elizabeth Eva Leach (Oxford University)

Clerical Work: finding the motet a nobler home


23 October

Daniel Müllensiefen (Goldsmiths, University of London)

The Musicality of Non-Musicians: measuring musical expertise in Britain


30 October

Ross Duffin (Case Western Reserve University, USA; Visiting Fellow, Trinity Hall, Cambridge)

A Briefe Discourse about Thomas Ravenscroft


6 November

Justin London (Carleton College, USA; Visiting Fellow, Wolfson College, Cambridge) 

Microtiming in Ngòn: categorical production and perception of a non-isochronous meter


13 November

Julie Brown (Royal Holloway, University of London)

From Textual Palimpsest to Silent Film Performance: critical perspectives on recreating the musical presentation of The Epic of Everest (1924)


20 November

Ryan Minor (Stony Brook University, SUNY, USA)

Fugues, Fugue States, and Other Operatic Contagions


27 November

Sue Miller (Anglia Ruskin University)

Cuban Flute Improvisation: the role of influence in the development of a style


4 December

Lisa Colton (University of Huddersfield) 

Queer Sensibilities in Medieval Musical Culture