Current sponsored projects at the School of Music
In the academic year 2016–17, three major research projects have been supported by the research foundations.
Professor Andrew Lewis is recipient of the prestigious Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship for his project "Songs from afar: composing the experience of dementia". In his composition, he will use the voices of people with dementia and their carers as the starting point for of a completely new way of composing orchestral music. Using digital techniques, interviews recorded as part of clinical research, he will translate his audio material into a a piece for orchestra which literally 'gives voice' to the experience of dementia.
Professor Pwyll Ap Sion also received the prestigious Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship for his project "Steve Reich and the Paradox of Modernism." He will argue that Steve Reich – one of the twentieth century’s most important composers – along with many others from the minimalist school effectively initiated a modern-day Seconda Prattica to post-1945 avant-garde’s Prima Prattica, similar to the break which occurred between the late Renaissance and early Baroque. Some research for this project will take Pwyll to the renowned Paul Sacher Stiftung in Basel, Switzerland, which holds the Steve Reich Collection.
Dr Hana Vlhová-Wörner received a British Academy/Leverhulme trust small research grant for her edition "Repertorium troporum Bohemiae medii aevi, vol. V: Lectiones cum farsis", in which she will revive in the form of a modern music edition repertory from Bohemian medieval manuscripts (13th-16th centuries). Hana will conduct her research in manuscript libraries in Prague and present her results at international conferences in 2017.