Profile of Dr Rhiannon Mathias

Dr Rhiannon Mathias
Music Fellow / Lecturer
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School of Music


Dr Rhiannon Mathias studied at Surrey University (B. Mus), St. John’s College, Cambridge (M. Phil) and Reading University (PhD). Prior to joining the staff at Bangor, she lecturerd on a wide range of historical musical subjects at the Universities of Surrey, Reading and Bristol, and was also a Edison Fellow at the British Library.

Rhiannon is currently a Music Fellow and lectures at the School of Music. She is also a Trustee of the Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias (Music Centre) in Caernarfon, and is the Canolfan’s flute tutor.


  • WXM 2009/3009 Twentieth-Century Women Composers
  • WXM 2013/3013 Post-war British Opera

Research Interest

  • Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Music
  • Women and Music
  • Music Analysis
  • Welsh Music
  • Opera



Lutyens, Maconchy Williams and Twentieth-Century British Music: A Blest Trio of Sirens (Aldershot, UK / Vermont, US, 2012)

Selected Chapters and Articles

‘Maconchy’s Late String Quartets’. Chapter in Christa Brüstle, ed., ‘Passionately intellectual, intellectually passionate’: Elizabeth Maconchy (1907-1994), (Vienna- London-New York: Universal Edition, 2017).

‘Women Composers? At Cheltenham?’ Article for the 2014 Cheltenham Music Festival brochure

‘William Mathias’s Piano Concertos: Primus Inter Pares’, Musical Opinion, vol. 135, no.1489 (July 2012).

‘Music and Scholasticism: Reflections on Stravinsky and Maritain’, in Maritain Studies / Etudes Maritainiennes, Journal of the Canadian Jacques Maritain Association (Autumn 2001) and in Notes et Documents, Journal of the International Institute, Rome (2002).

Reviews of Thomas Sipe, Beethoven: Eroica Symphony (Cambridge, 1998) and Isaiah Berlin, Personal Impressions, ed. H. Hardy (Princeton, 2001) published in the journal of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas (ISSEI), 2003.

Conference Presentations

‘Maconchy’s Late String Quartets’, paper given on 24 October 2014 at the Maconchy Symposium Graz at the Kunst University of Graz, Austria. Published as a chapter in Christa Brüstle, ed., ‘Passionately intellectual, intellectually passionate’: Elizabeth Maconchy (1907-1994), (Vienna-London-New York: Universal Edition, 2015).

‘A Blest Trio of Sirens: Elisabeth Lutyens, Elizabeth Maconchy and Grace Williams’ paper given at the Eighth Biennial International Conference on Music since 1900, 12 September 2013. Also given at Women in Music since 1913 Symposium on 21 March 2015 at Liverpool Hope University.

‘Tair merch greadigol yng ngherddoriaeth Prydain yr ugeinfed ganrif’. Key-note presentation given at Y Ferch Greadigol Conference, Bangor University, 6 October 2012.

‘Lutyens, Maconchy, Williams and Twentieth-Century British Music’. Paper given at the New Music in Britain Conference at Canterbury Christ Church University, 12 May 2012.

‘The Restoration of Stravinsky: A Russian Fox with Catholic Tastes’. Paper presented atthe Annual Symposium of the Canadian Jacques Maritain Association, Ottawa (November 2000). This paper was given at a seminar for postgraduates, Bango rUniversity (December, 2000)

Public Talks and Broadcasts

‘A Blest Trio of Sirens: Elisabeth Lutyens, Elizabeth Maconchy and Grace Williams’. Talk given (with performances by the soprano Carola Darwin) on 6 December 2012 at the Royal College of Music, London as part of the RCM’s Grove Forum series.

‘The Music of Elizabeth Maconchy, Elisabeth Lutyens and Grace Williams: A Blest Trio of Sirens’. Illustrated talk given on 23 November 2012 at St. Hilda’s College, University of Oxford.

‘Lutyens, Maconchy, Williams and Twentieth-Century British Music’. Illustrated talk given at the British Library on 12 June 2012 as part of the Library’s Sound Cases series.

Interview with Tom Service about the book on Radio 3 ‘Music Matters’ broadcast on 9 June 2012:

Interview with Jenni Murray about the book on Radio 4 ‘Woman’s Hour’ broadcast on 25 May 2012:

‘The Music of Grace Williams, Elisabeth Lutyens and Elizabeth Maconchy’. Illustrated talk (with a performance by Rhiannon Mathias and Graeme Cotterill of Grace Williams’s Flute Sonatina) given on 18 May 2012 at Y Drwm, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.

Interview on Radio 3 ‘The Choir’ - William Mathias Focus, broadcast on 31 October 2010:

‘Elisabeth Lutyens, Pioneer of the Avant-Garde’. British Library Saul Seminar given on 3 October 2006 with Brian Elias, Jane Manning, Anthony Payne, Robert Saxton and Rhiannon Mathias (chair). Consultant and co-author of the British Library’s online exhibition devoted to Lutyens and her music (2006).

‘Grace Williams – Her Life and Music’. British Music Society Lecture Recital given on 30 September 2006 at the New Cavendish Club, London.

Contributor/interviewee on Radio 3 ‘Composer of the Week’ about Grace Williams broadcast between 7-11 August 2006: