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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 module leader of MU2235 Studio Techniques I & MU3176 Studio Techniques II for UG years 2&3. I also am a guest lecturer on university's PGT Studio Techniques course, and tutor 1st year UG composition. 

I am an accredited Cardiff Education Fellow, holding FHEA status from AdvanceHe.


New Intersections of Western Art Music and Vernacular Culture

Funding source

Leonard and Marion Jones Music Scholarship


Rob Fokkens

Dr Robert Fokkens

Senior Lecturer in Composition

Carlo Cenciarelli

Dr Carlo Cenciarelli

Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies