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Cardiff French Music Research (CFMR)

Internationally recognised for its research excellence in French Music of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Cardiff University School of Music has established a centre for French Music Research (CFMR) to promote the study of music in France from the seventeenth to the twenty-first centuries.

Embracing a wide range of composers, repertories and contexts, research interests cover the whole of the French musical milieux to reflect the well-established cosmopolitanism and transnationalism of the Francophone musical world.

Our approach is broad and inclusive, and incorporates archival, historical, critical, analytical and reception perspectives as well as performance-practice research, music editing and intersections with literary and ethnomusical studies.

CFMR aims to cultivate links between Cardiff University and external organisations and has already mounted symposia, talks and concerts in collaboration with:

  • BBC National Orchestra of Wales
  • BBC Proms
  • Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Welsh National Opera
  • Royal Northern College of Music
  • Paris Conservatoire (CNSMDP)
  • Institut Français
  • Berlioz Society
  • France: Musiques-Cultures, 1789-1918

We also seek to provide a forum for scholars to share their research through lectures, study days, symposia and international conferences.

We welcome proposals for PhD research.


  • to foster collegial musical enquiry at the highest scholarly level
  • to act as a forum for investigation of French music and music in France
  • to work with other organisations to develop collaborative partnerships
  • to mount talks, symposia and international conferences


Our research includes the following:

  • French composer studies (17th-21st centuries)
  • analysis and critical investigation of music in France
  • sketch and archival studies
  • reception studies
  • international interactions and musical exchange
  • historical performance practice relating to French repertories
  • French national and transnational identities
  • French cultural milieu: musical institutions politics, war, religion, propaganda etc
  • interdisciplinary connections with opera, literature, ballet, press cultures, etc

Meet the team

Academic staff

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Dr Caroline Rae

Reader, Director of Postgraduate Research

+44 29208 74391

Associated staff

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Professor Kenneth Hamilton

Senior University Dean for International Partnerships

+44 29208 74380


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