Music Department academics have secured £50,000 funding from the 10th Anniversary AHRC Cultural Engagement Fund. The scheme funds one or more collaborative projects to support the engagement of arts and humanities research with wider cultural and civic contexts.The scheme particularly seeks to fund recently completed doctoral graduates, and so aims to to support the broader career development of these graduates, particularly in relation to work with non-academic partners to support the impact of arts and humanities research.
Professor Stephen Cottrell will work with Dr Jocelyn Howell on sources in the Boosey and Hawkes archive. The project will use 3D printer technology to provide lost or damaged component parts for older musical instruments for which such parts are no longer available.
Dr Alexander Lingas will work with Dr Dimitrios Skrekas to develop a study day on the teaching of Byzantine music in diaspora involving academic musicologists from the Department of Music at City University and its Erasmus partner, the Department of Music Studies of the University of Athens, members of the choir Cappella Romana, instructors and students of the School of Byzantine Music of the Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain, and interested members of the general public.
Dr Laudan Nooshin will work with Dr Andrew Pace and the British Library on the organisation and interpretation of the Peter Kennedy Paper Archive. Peter Kennedy was one of the most important collectors of music traditions from the British Isles. He started recording in the early 1950s, work that instigated the presentation of folk music and traditions on the BBC. In just over 50 years he amassed a collection of audio and video recordings amounting to approximately 1500 hours, plus several hundred photographs as negatives and prints and cabinets full of paperwork (correspondence, contracts with artists, etc.).