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Centre for Research into Historically Informed Performance

The Centre for Research into Historically Informed Performance (CRHIP) was established in 2004, as a result of a Science Research Investment Fund (SRIF2) grant of £140k. It seeks to provide the equivalent of a 'well-found laboratory' for research into performance through history and its resources include a collection of ‘period’ musical instruments, specialist technological equipment to support analytical research into technique, style and performance in early recordings and a collection of 78rpm records.

Research projects associated with CRHIP have included doctoral dissertations on 'Stylistic Change in the Hungarian Violin School 1900-1960', the legacies of the French cellist André Navarra and of the Austrian conductor and pedagogue Hans Swarowsky, and projects on the Baroque flute and early clarinet.

The Centre welcomes approaches from individuals and organisations interested in collaborative research projects.


CRHIP’s activities draw on the expertise of a wide range of members of staff, both from within the School of Music and across the University. Robin Stowell, Keith Chapin and Claire Holden’s interests in string performance practices are complemented in the keyboard department by those of David Ponsford, Kenneth Hamilton and Caroline Rae and in vocal music by Alison Wray, a research professor in Language and Communication at Cardiff University renowned for her work on formulaic language and reconstructing pronunciation for early music. Their research has attracted a burgeoning cluster of postgraduate research students. See Expertise and Postgraduate Research for more information.


    • to promote and support the study and practice of historically informed performance

    • to apply musical theory to practical performance

    • to promote student experiment with ‘period’ instruments and student concert activity in ‘period’ performance

    • to facilitate research into aspects of performance gleaned from texts and recordings

    • to host conferences and symposia appropriate to its mission

    • to serve as a catalyst for individual and collaborative research projects

    • to collaborate, as appropriate, with local, national and international organisations in the pursuit of research into issues of historical performance.