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Claire Layton

Claire LaytonGraduating with first class honours in her music degree at University College Cork, Claire went on to study Music, Culture and Politics at Cardiff University, completing her dissertation on race relations in 1950s' American rock 'n' roll' (2007).   

She is currently Administrator with Crash Ensemble, Ireland's leading contemporary music group.
I chose to study at Cardiff because I was attracted to the range of courses available there. I liked the interdisciplinary approach taken in the Music, Culture and Politics Taught Masters programme and at the time there was no such course in Ireland. I think it's a good idea to try out a new academic environment too so I was excited to see how things were done in Cardiff University!

Following graduation I volunteered at the Cork International Choral Festival and then got a job as Friends Co-ordinator for the Dublin Theatre Festival, a position I held for two years. While there I applied to an internship programme with Crash Ensemble, Ireland's leading contemporary music group.

I started working with Crash immediately after the Dublin Theatre Festival in October 2009 and I was offered my current position on completion of the internship in June 2010. 

The resources available to students at Cardiff University are great- from the excellent lecturing staff to the well-stocked libraries and sports facilities. The music department has an excellent music library and concert hall. The content of the Music, Culture and Politics course was very diverse and always challenging and there were always opportunities to share ideas and reactions. I really enjoyed attending the lectures from visiting scholars, which took place regularly. 

I would definitely recommend the Music School to prospective students as the staff are extremely welcoming and encouraging, with a broad range of specialities and interests; the facilities are excellent and there are lots opportunities to engage with other students' research.  

Describe the School in three words? 
Stimulating; Diverse; Welcoming