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Research resources

The research resources at Cardiff reflects the wide-ranging but interconnected specialisms of staff within the department. Click on the links below for more information on our discrete music collections, as well as two public databases established by Professor John Tyrell.


Music Library

The School of Music is fortunate to have a dedicated University Music Library, with a specialist subject librarian. The Library provides students and researchers with access to more than 43,000 items including a large open-access collection of sound recordings. In all materials, western music from the medieval period to the present is covered, as well as traditional, classical, and popular music from cultures around the world.

Centre for Research in Historically-Informed Performance

Cardiff's Centre for Research in Historically-Informed Performance (CRHIP), established here in 2004, has dedicated facilities in the School of Music, providing opportunities for experiment with 'period' instruments and for the practical application of historical techniques and styles to performance.

Its inventory includes a range of baroque/classical instruments in original condition, modern reproductions, and a collection of 'period' keyboard instruments, which include two harpsichords and a chamber organ.

CRHIP is also fully equipped for the study and analysis of technique and style in early recordings, with resources including facilities for remastering 78rpms on CD and relevant software for the provision of vital analytical data concerning tempo fluctuation, tempo rubato, the treatment of rhythm, the use of vibrato and the employment of portamento and other elements of musical expression.