Research is central to Birmingham Conservatoire's ethos, underpinning its creative and performance activities with world-class intellectual, critical, technological and historical enquiry. In the national 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, our research was rated among the top three conservatoires in the UK, and the most highly rated outside London.

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Research Staff

Our research staff are Internationally prominent performers, composers and musicologists.
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research funded projects

Funded Projects

The Conservatoire has an excellent track record in attracting external funding for its research.
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Groups and Specialisms

Much of our research work, beyond the major Funded Projects, tends to cluster into informal groupings.
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research facilities

Facilities and Resources

The Conservatoire enjoys excellent facilities for supporting research.
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Historical Instrument Collection

Browse the online catalogue by instrument and by maker.
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Contact Details

For more information please get in touch.
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Our Centre for Music and Performance (one of the University’s 13 Research Centres), directed from the Research Department, acts as a hub for all of the Conservatoire’s research. Here we are able to draw upon and foster the expertise of internationally prominent performers, composers and musicologists on our staff, along with many external collaborators and organisations, to form a vibrant, mutually supportive research community of academic colleagues and research students.

We have a recognised track record of producing research outputs of world-leading standards, across an impressively wide range of practice-based, technological and scholarly media, from high-profile performance, composition and recordings, through to research monographs, edited volumes, musicological journal articles, innovative software and web development. Birmingham Conservatoire has been one of the pioneering players in the evolution of performance studies and practice-based research in music, one of the richest and most probing developments in music studies across the last 20 years.

The Conservatoire benefits from a large and thriving international community of research students working towards PhD and MPhil degrees, including a number funded by AHRC and Conservatoire studentships. We welcome applications from suitably qualified candidates in any of the areas of research outlined here.

See related pages for further details of individual Research Staff profiles, current Funded Projects, Research Groups and Specialisms, and Facilities and Resources.

Key Staff

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Prof Ronald Woodley
Head of Research,
Director of the Centre -
Professor Woodley enjoys a wide-ranging career as musicologist, clarinettist and chamber pianist.

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Dr Christopher Dingle
Co-ordinator of Research Students,
Reader in Music, Assistant Course Director - Christopher is a specialist in French Music, notably Messiaen, and the history and practice of music criticism.

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Shelley is the Faculty
Research Officer for the
Faculty of Performance,
Media and English.


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