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Faculty of Music


How does music in performance take shape over time? In what ways is musical performance creative, and what knowledge is embodied in it? How does understanding musical performance as a creative practice vary across different global contexts, idioms and performance conditions?

These are some of the fascinating questions that a large research team in the Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice has been trying to answer since October 2009. The CMPCP film 'Passionate about Performance' explores key aspects of the Centre's work and its ongoing quest to know what lies behind musical performance.

The Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice is based at the University of Cambridge in partnership with King's College London, the University of Oxford and Royal Holloway, University of London. One of the research projects is being conducted in collaboration with the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the Royal College of Music. The Centre has received major funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

AHRC Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice: