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 Timothy Johnston

Timothy Johnston

Research student, School of Music


I am an Anglo-Welsh composer, researching the use of traditional music and culture in contemporary Classical repertoire. I also have an active interest in both the theory and practice of music and visual media, a topic which is the focus of a number of my compositional and academic activities. My music explores aspects of folkloristics, narrative, intertextuality, and modality.

I am a keen producer and mixer, I have composed soundtracks for several films, short and full-length; my debut feature film soundtrack was released in 2019. I am also a pianist, cellist, and vocalist, and regularly perform with the Cardiff University Symphony Orchestra (principal cellist, 2019/20) and Contemporary Music Group.

I graduated with my undergraduate degree from Cardiff University (BMus, First Class Hons) in 2017, and my MA [Composition for Film and Television] (Dist.) from the University of Bristol in 2018, under the tutorage of Prof. John Pickard and Dr Richard Blackford. 


Research interests

Within my work and creative output as a composer, I am particularly interested in:

  • The interaction of Western art music with folk music and culture

  • Developing new methodological approaches to collaboration in music and visual media (especially film)

  • Music and narrative

  • Creative studio techniques


I am a postgraduate tutor in first year undergraduate composition, principal lecturer and tutor on the University's UG Studio Techniques modules, and a guest lecturer on the PGT Studio Techniques course.


New Interactions of Western Art Music and Vernacular Culture

Funding source

Leonard and Marion Jones Music Scholarship