Monthly Archives: July 2016

‘Are we all Ethnomusicologists Now?’: video of the debate and other links

The video of the full debate which took place at City University on June 1st, 2016 ‘Are we all Ethnomusicologists Now?’, is now online for all to view.

Participants were Amanda Bayley (Bath Spa University), Tore Tvarnø Lind (Copenhagen University), Laudan Nooshin (City University), Ian Pace (City University) and Michael Spitzer (Liverpool University). The debate was chaired by Alexander Lingas (City University).

The following are some other important links: first, reports and responses to the debate by Rachel Cunniffe and Ben Smith

I have published my own position statement online here.

Nooshin’s position statement and slides can be found here.

And here is a further blog post of mine giving the full context of Paul Harper-Scott’s remarks cited during the debate, and some other reflections.

(A full response to Nooshin’s position statement will follow soon).

This debate has generated much discussion more widely, and hopefully will continue to do so. Many thanks to everyone for taking part.

Doctorates Awarded in the Music Department at City University, 2015-16

We are delighted to announce the following doctorates awarded in the Music Department in the 2015-16 academic year:


Liam Cagney: ‘Synthesis and Deviation: New Perspectives on the Emergence of the French courant spectral 1969-74′ (supervisor: Ian Pace) 

Tatjana Goldberg: ‘Maud Powell, Marie Hall and Alma Moodie: A Gendered Re-Evaluation of Three Violinists’ (supervisor: Ian Pace) 

Ikuko Inoguchi: ‘Concepts of Time in the Works of John Cage, George Crumb and Toru Takemitsu and Implications for Performance’ (supervisor: Ian Pace) 

Miranda Crowdus: ‘Hip Hop in South Tel Aviv: Third-Space, Convergent Dispossession(s), and Intercultural Communication in Urban Borderlands’ (supervisor: Laudan Nooshin) 

Jocelyn Howell: ‘Boosey & Hawkes: The Rise and Fall of a Wind Instrument Manufacturing Empire’ (supervisor: Stephen Cottrell)


Vasileios  Rakitzis: ‘Alfred Cortot’s Response to the Music for Solo Piano of Franz Schubert: A Study in Performance Practice’ (supervisor: Ian Pace; Guildhall advisor: Caroline Palmer)

Christopher Suckling: The Realisation of Recitative by the Cello in Handelian Opera Current and Historical Practices’ (supervisor: Alexander Lingas; Guildhall advisor: Alison McGillivray)

Annie Yim: ‘Robert Schumann’s Musical-Aesthetic Influence on Brahms’ Piano Trio in B Major, Op.8 (1854 Version) as Illustrated by Schumann’s Piano Trio in D Minor, Op.63’ (supervisor: Christopher Wiley; Guildhall advisor: Joan Havill)

Many congratulations to the students and their supervisors.

City’s Alexander Lingas and Spyridon Antonopoulos Appear with Cappella Romana on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune

Cappella Romana, the American-based vocal ensemble founded by Reader in Music Alexander Lingas, appeared yesterday on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune. Dr Lingas and Spyridon Antonopoulos, who received his doctorate from City and is now an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department, were interviewed by host Sean Rafferty. The archived broadcast is available here13438817_10101081776562901_4418322132635390653_n13524374_10154301486352556_4576460574453941193_n