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

Our staff are discovering Haydn's forgotten quartets, composing for the New York Philharmonic, addressing the dark side of music and conflict, exploring postmodernism in music, revealing Birtwistle's compositional process, transforming the way period-instrument orchestras perform Beethoven, and cracking the code of the Yoruba Bata Drum.

Our reputation for international research was recognised in the last Research Assessment Exercise, which judged 70% of the School's research to be either "world-leading or "internationally excellent."

This research-led environment and unique blend of staff ensures that we offer leading teaching and research in several areas of the discipline.


Research Musicology

Musicology (incl Ethnomusicology & Popular Music)

Research Performance


Research Composition


Centre for Research into Historically-Informed Performance (CRHIP)

The Centre for Research into Historically-Informed Performance (CRHIP) was established in 2004 and seeks to provide the equivalent of a 'well-found laboratory' for research into performance through history.

Centre for Research into Historically-Informed Performance

Cardiff Interdisciplinary Research in Opera (CIRO)

A new platform for interdisciplinary collaboration in opera research both within and beyond Cardiff University.
Cardiff Interdisciplinary Research in Opera

Research Activities

This section provides a digest of recent and forthcoming research activities

Research Activities

Research Resources

Information on our discrete music collections, public databases, and other useful resources

Research Resources

Postgraduate Research

Details of our postgraduate research programmes, facilities, and student activities

Postgraduate Research