Small grant win for French music expert

French composer Germaine Tailleferre

Visiting Reader in French Music Dr Caroline Potter has been awarded a British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant worth £2,158.

The small research grants are intended to cover the cost of expenses arising from a defined research project to support primary research in the humanities and social sciences.

Dr Caroline Potter will be using the grant to fund a research trip to Paris for her research on French composer Germaine Tailleferre (1892-1983) who played piano and organ.

Germaine was forced to study music at the Paris Conservatoire in secret and change her family name to ‘Taillefesse’ to prevent her father from finding out, as he was opposed to her education.

Dr Caroline Potter said: “The grant will enable me to travel to Paris next year to do research for my forthcoming short book on the French composer Germaine Tailleferre, which is under contract with Cambridge University Press. It'll be fantastic to spend time studying her manuscripts and I'm really excited to have this opportunity!”

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