Dr Nick Jones
Position: Co-ordinating Lecturer for Humanities
Nick joined the Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning in March 2008. He is currently Co-ordinating Lecturer for Humanities (Creative Writing, English Literature, Media, Historical Studies, Music, and Philosophy), Pathways for Progression Co-ordinator, and Chair of the Learning and Teaching Committee. He 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. Nick is also an Associate Lecturer at Cardiff University’s School of Music, a position he has held since 1996. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).
Nick’s research interests lie primarily in British music post-1945, particularly that of Peter Maxwell Davies, Michael Tippett, Harrison Birtwistle, 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 and is carrying out research on several instrumental works of Harrison Birtwistle. He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the journal Tempo.
(co-editor Kenneth Gloag) The Cambridge Companion to Tippett (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013)
(co-editor Kenneth Gloag) Peter Maxwell Davies Studies (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009)
Articles in books
‘Formal Archetypes, Revered Masters and Singing Nightingales: Tippett’s String Quartets’, in The Cambridge Companion to Tippett (forthcoming, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013)
‘The Writings of a Young British Composer: Peter Maxwell Davies in the 1950s’, in Peter Maxwell Davies Studies (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009)
‘Peter Maxwell Davies’s Articles, Lectures, Interviews and Radio Broadcasts’, in Peter Maxwell Davies Studies (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009)
‘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), 8-14
‘Playing the “Great Game”? Peter Maxwell Davies, Sonata Form, and the Naxos Quartet No. 1’, The Musical Times, Vol. 146 (Autumn 2005), 71-81
‘Ranging Over the Forest: A Conversation with Anthony Powers’, Tempo 228 (April 2004), 23-31
‘Luminous, but with shadows: The Music of Anthony Powers’, The Musical Times, Vol. 144 (Autumn 2003), 26-35
‘Dominant Logic: Peter Maxwell Davies’s basic unifying hypothesis’, The Musical Times, Vol. 143 (Spring 2002), 37-45
‘Something to Shout About: William Mathias’s String Quartet No. 1’, The Musical Times, Vol. 141 (Autumn 2000), 24-32
‘Peter Maxwell Davies’s “Submerged Cathedral”: Architectural Perspectives on the Third Symphony’, Music & Letters, Vol. 81, No. 3 (August 2000), 402-32
‘“Preliminary Workings”: the Precompositional Process in Maxwell Davies’s Third Symphony’, Tempo 204 (April 1998), 14-22
Book reviews in Music & Letters and The Musical Times.
Research Papers and Public Lectures
‘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.
‘“Englishness” and “Britishness” in Classical Music: from Elgar to Peter Maxwell Davies’, History, Archaeology, Politics and Identity – Exploring the Dynamics of the Past Conference, Centre for Lifelong Learning, Cardiff University, 9 May 2009
‘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 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