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Academic supervisors

The people make the place

The Cardiff School of Music is a lively and ambitious centre dedicated to world-leading research, composition and performance.


These webpages will be updated over the coming weeks and will allow you to find out a little bit more about our staff and their research interests. You can also access a full listing of our academic staff.


Please note that the areas of supervisory interest listed on these pages are just a selection. If you are interested in an area not mentioned here, please contact the School for an informal discussion.

Dr David Beard
Interested in supervising:
Twentieth-century British music; Post-1945 music in general, especially opera and experimental music theatre; Source studies in contemporary music; Contemporary music and politics; Ethnographic studies and contemporary music; Ethnicity in twentieth-century music; Popular music

Dr Keith Chapin
Interested in supervising: 18th to 20th-century French, German, and Austrian musical cultures (including cultural transfers between them); Historical music aesthetics (particularly when combined with music analysis and history); History of music theory and analysis; Cross-currents between literature, philosophy, and music; Critical theory

Professor Rachel Cowgill
Interested in supervising:
The Eisteddfod and musical negotiations of Welsh identity in nineteenth-century Britain; Female vocality and embodiment in operatic performance; Music in Victorian coastal resorts and ports; Transatlantic connections in music before 1950; British music, war and memorialisation

Dr Robert Fokkens

Interested in supervising:
All genres of contemporary composition, with particular interest in vocal music of all types; opera and music theatre; chamber music - with a developing interest in electro-acoustic work in a chamber setting; music which crosses geographical, stylistic and cultural boundaries, (growing out of a specific focus in his own work on the interaction of musical cultures in Southern Africa).

Dr Kenneth Gloag
Interested in supervising:
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

Professor Kenneth Hamilton
Interested in supervising: Performance-practice (particularly of the piano) from the late eighteenth to the mid twentieth-century, and in nineteenth century music in general (particularly Liszt, Wagner, Alkan, Chopin and associated composers). Doctoral dissertations previously supervised include work on Liszt as Kapellmeister in Weimar, on the Violin Students of Leopold Auer, on the performance history of keyboard works by Bach and Beethoven, on the piano music of Alkan, on eighteenth-century English parochial organists, on the performance-practice of British 20th-century organ music, and on the pianism of Paderewski.

Dr Sarah Hill

Interested in supervising:
Popular music historiography; politics and popular music; music in minority language cultures

Professor David Wyn Jones
Interested in supervising: Music and musical life in Classical Period, especially Haydn, symphony, quartet and music dissemination; history of music in Vienna 1700 - 1900, especially neglected aspects such as institutional history, patronage, publishing and operetta

Dr John Morgan O'Connell

Interested in supervising:
Musical Traditions of the Middle East and Central Asia; Musical Traditions of Europe and the European Diaspora; Musical Aesthetics in a Cross-Cultural Perspective; Critical Approaches to the Study of Ethnomusicology

Dr Caroline Rae
Interested in supervising:
French music since Debussy with particular reference to Jolivet, Messiaen, Ohana, Dutilleux and the generation born since 1945. Additionally: piano music and pianism in the 20th and 21st century; 20th century music in Cuba; literary and musical interactions in Paris; the critical writings of Alejo Carpentier

Dr Clair Rowden
Interested in supervising:
Opera and musical theatre (any aspects); French and Italian nineteenth-century opera; French music and music in France in the long nineteenth century; Reception studies; Gender; Cultural studies dealing with France in the long nineteenth century

Dr Arlene Sierra
Interested in supervising: All genres of contemporary composition, including orchestral, opera/vocal, chamber, electroacoustic and music for dance and film

Dr Amanda Villepastour

Interested in supervising:
Traditional and/or popular music in Africa and the diaspora; Linguistic studies in music; Organological studies