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Meet our PhD supervisors: Dr Kenneth Gloag

Ken GloagMeet our PhD supervisors: Dr Kenneth Gloag
BMus Surrey University, MMus King’s College, London, PhD Exeter University (an analytical study of the music of Stravinsky)

Kenneth has published extensively on a broad range of musics, including popular music and 20th-century British music with particular reference to Michael Tippett. During the Tippett centenary (2005) he gave papers and presentations on aspects of Tippett’s music at Glasgow University, the Sage Gateshead (in dialogue with Mark Elder on the Second Symphony), and in collaboration with the BBC at the Barbican (The Knot Garden). He has also given papers at international conferences in Europe, the USA and Australia and has been reviews editor of twentieth-century music since its inception.

Current book projects

Selected research/publications

Musicology book

Kenneth has successfully supervised a large number of PhD students with a wide range of topics, including Welsh popular music, analysis of Maxwell Davies Third Symphony, the canon of rock music, Perircian semiotics in music, the biography of Charles Ives, minimalism and postmodernism, the aesthetics of Hanslick, analysis of the music of Vaughan Williams.

He would be happy to consider applications from students considering postgraduate research in the following areas: All aspects of 20th century music, but in particular British music, the music of Tippett, analytical issues in the music of Stravinsky, modernism, postmodernism, critical and cultural theory.

Postgraduate funding:
Interested in pursuing postgraduate research at one of the largest and most diverse music schools in the UK? The School of Music is currently offering three competitive Studentships that cover tuition fees at the Home/EU rate. More information on our funding opportunities is available at: