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Dr Nick Jones


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Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 6108

Extension: 76108

Room: E1.08

Cardiff University,
Continuing & Professional Education,
21-23 Senghennydd Road,
CF24 4AG

Career profile

Nick joined Continuing & Professional Education in March 2008. He is a Senior Lecturer and currently co-ordinates the Humanities provision (Creative Writing, English Literature, Media, Historical Studies, Music, and Philosophy) and Inside Narratives Pathway to a Degree. He is Chair of the Learning and Teaching Committee and is also responsible for organising the tutor training programme and annual tutor conference. He is a graduate of Cardiff University, where he gained a PhD for an analytical study of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s Third Symphony and a portfolio of original compositions. From 2005 to 2007 he was a Lecturer in Music and Deputy Chair of the MA in Music programme at The Open University, and from 1996 to 2013 Nick was an Associate Lecturer at Cardiff University’s School of Music. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and holds a Postgraduate Certificate in University Teaching and Learning (PCUTL).

Research interests and publications

Nick’s research interests lie primarily in British music since 1945, particularly that of Peter Maxwell Davies, Harrison Birtwistle, Michael Tippett, William Mathias and Anthony Powers. His work focuses on music analysis, interpretation, sketch study and aspects of biography and context. Nick is currently working on a book concerning the writings of Peter Maxwell Davies. He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the contemporary music journal Tempo (Cambridge University Press). Running in parallel with these activities is his professional interest in all areas of adult education at higher education level, especially exploring different approaches to assessment, improving feedback to students, quality assurance processes and technology-enhanced education.


Peter Maxwell Davies: Selected Writings (ed.) (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2018)

Harrison Birtwistle Studies (co-editor with David Beard and Kenneth Gloag) (Cambridge University Press, 2015)

The Cambridge Companion to Michael Tippett (co-editor with Kenneth Gloag) (Cambridge University Press, 2013)

Peter Maxwell Davies Studies (co-editor with Kenneth Gloag) (Cambridge University Press, 2009)

Chapters in books

‘The Sound of Raasay: Birtwistle’s Hebridean Experience’, in Harrison Birtwistle Studies (Cambridge University Press, 2015), pp. 175-205.

‘Formal Archetypes, Revered Masters and Singing Nightingales: Tippett’s String Quartets’, in The Cambridge Companion to Tippett (Cambridge University Press, 2013), pp. 206–28

‘The Writings of a Young British Composer: Peter Maxwell Davies in the 1950s’, in Peter Maxwell Davies Studies (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009), pp. 21-44

‘Peter Maxwell Davies’s Articles, Lectures, Interviews and Radio Broadcasts’, in Peter Maxwell Davies Studies (Cambridge University Press, 2009), pp. 231-41

Journal articles

‘Peter Maxwell Davies in the 1950s: A Conversation with the Composer’, Tempo 254 (October 2010), pp. 11-19

(with Richard McGregor) ‘Peter Maxwell Davies’s Opus and WoO Numbers: A New Work List’, The Musical Times, Vol. 151 (Spring 2010), 53-86

‘Assessing Critical Reactions to Mathias’s Symphony No. 1’, Tempo 238 (October 2006), pp. 8-14

‘Playing the “Great Game”? Peter Maxwell Davies, Sonata Form, and the Naxos Quartet No. 1’, The Musical Times, Vol. 146 (Autumn 2005), pp. 71-81

‘Ranging Over the Forest: A Conversation with Anthony Powers’, Tempo 228 (April 2004), pp. 23-31

‘Luminous, but with shadows: The Music of Anthony Powers’, The Musical Times, Vol. 144 (Autumn 2003), pp. 26-35

‘Dominant Logic: Peter Maxwell Davies’s basic unifying hypothesis’, The Musical Times, Vol. 143 (Spring 2002), pp. 37-45

‘Something to Shout About: William Mathias’s String Quartet No. 1’, The Musical Times, Vol. 141 (Autumn 2000), pp. 24-32

‘Peter Maxwell Davies’s “Submerged Cathedral”: Architectural Perspectives on the Third Symphony’, Music & Letters, Vol. 81, No. 3 (August 2000), pp. 402-32

‘“Preliminary Workings”: the Precompositional Process in Maxwell Davies’s Third Symphony’, Tempo 204 (April 1998), pp. 14-22

Reviews and review-articles

B. Northcott, The Way we Listen Now and Other Writings on Music (London: Plumbago, 2009), in twentieth-century music, 7/2 (November 2011), pp. 267-70

B.A. Varga, György Kurtág: Three Interviews and Ligeti Homages (Rochester, NY and Woodbridge: University of Rochester Press, 2009), in Music & Letters, Vol. 92 No. 2 (May 2011), pp. 330-32

D. Metzer, Musical Modernism at the Turn of the Twenty-first Century (Cambridge: CUP, 2009), in The Musical Times, Vol. 151 (Autumn 2010), pp. 109-12 (Review-article)

M. MacDonald (ed.), Havergal Brian on Music, Volume Two: European and American Music in his time (London: Toccata Press, 2009), in The Musical Times, Vol. 151 (Summer 2010), pp. 118-20

E. Venn, The Music of Hugh Wood (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008), in Music & Letters, Vol. 90 No. 3 (August 2009), pp. 514-16

A. Whittall, The Cambridge Introduction to Serialism (Cambridge: CUP, 2008), in The Musical Times, Vol. 150 (Spring 2009), pp. 100-03

R. Maconie, The Way of Music: Aural Training for the Internet Generation (The Scarecrow Press, 2007), in The Musical Times, Vol. 148 (Winter 2007), pp. 111-14

J.P.E. Harper-Scott, Edward Elgar, Modernist (CUP, 2006), in The Musical Times, Vol. 148 (Summer 2007), pp. 81-88 (Review-article)

M.J. Grant, Serial Music, Serial Aesthetics: Compositional Theory in Post-War Europe (CUP, 2002), The Musical Times, Vol. 143 (Summer 2002), pp. 78-9

R. McGregor (ed.), Perspectives on Peter Maxwell Davies (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2000), Music & Letters, Vol. 83, No. 1 (February 2002), pp. 147-51

Chapters in textbooks

‘Madonna as Pop Diva’, in Book 1: Reputations, AA100 The Arts Past and Present (Milton Keynes: The Open University, 2008), 165–71

‘Seaside Music: The Beach Boys and The Who’, in Book 4: Place and Leisure, AA100 The Arts Past and Present (Milton Keynes: The Open University, 2008), 184–89

‘“The End” by The Doors’, in Block 5: Listening Frames: Contexts, Performances and Audiences, A179 Start Listening to Music (Milton Keynes: The Open University, 2007), Unit 9.5

Internet publications

‘Towards the Symphonic Odyssey: Maxwell Davies’s Works for Orchestra 1958 –73’, January 1998, MaxOpus [the official website of Peter Maxwell Davies], at:

‘Interview with Peter Maxwell Davies’, April 1997, MaxOpus [the official website of Peter Maxwell Davies], at:

Conference papers and public lectures

‘Das Land ohne Musik? Issues of National Identity and Place in British Classical Music, from Elgar to the Cultural Olympiad’, Exploring the Past Lecture Series (in collaboration with the Historical Association), Cardiff University, 20 May 2015.

‘Embedding Assessment into Course Design: A View from Cardiff University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning’, Universities Association for Lifelong Learning Annual Conference, Who and what are universities for? Local communities, global competitiveness and the part-time student, 20–22 March 2013.

‘Being British: Issues of National Identity in Classical Music, from Edward Elgar to Peter Maxwell Davies’, Creative Minds Festival of Ideas, Cardiff University, 13 November 2012.

‘Interlacings: reflections on issues of autobiography in two works by Peter Maxwell Davies’, New Music in Britain, Canterbury Christ Church University, 10-12 May 2012.

‘Issues of National Identity in Twentieth-Century British Music’, History, Archaeology, Politics and Identity – Exploring the Dynamics of the Past, one-day conference, Centre for Lifelong Learning, Cardiff University, 9 May 2009.

‘An Introduction to the Music of Peter Maxwell Davies’, Cardiff Recorded Music Society, 30 November 2005.

‘Playing the “Great Game”? Peter Maxwell Davies and Sonata Form’, Peter Maxwell Davies One-day Conference, Canterbury Christ Church University College, 16 October 2004.

‘Maxwell Davies’s “Submerged Cathedral”: Architectural Perspectives on the Third Symphony’, Peter Maxwell Davies Conference, St. Martin’s College, Lancaster, 1-2 April 2000.

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