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We are a creative and comprehensive centre of excellent musical research, composition and performance.

We are proud to be ranked 2nd among UK university music departments for the quality of our research environment, and 8th for overall research excellence, in the UK government's latest assessment of research across the UK.

We combine acknowledged research expertise in dedicated areas with a commitment to the wider scholarly world and a clear sense of our role in the cultural life of a capital city.

Strategic collaborations with international organisations, including the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Welsh National Opera, and National Museum Wales, allow us to make extensive contributions to the world of music, both within and beyond academia.

Our holistic approach helps our researchers to work together across conventional disciplinary boundaries. Musicology and ethnomusicology come together in a shared understanding of music as a cultural practice; musicological research informs compositional theory and processes. Moreover, specialists in historical performance are actively engaged with performance as practitioners and/or consultants.

Ultimately, all our work derives from a shared love of music. Through publications, outreach and public engagement activities we fire imaginations and illuminate practice.