2020 Vision – a wide perspective

Maybe I should call it 360-degree vision.  I seem to be looking in several directions all at once.

I contributed to a Music Graduate Careers website earlier last year.  It’s curated by a scholar from the University of Northumbria, and it went live this week.  Interesting to see the very many paths a music degree can take you!

What else? I’ve been invited to participate in an AHTV event coordinated for AHRC grant-holders, looking at ways researchers can get involved in television.  This is an exciting opportunity, and I’m looking forward to it immensely.

I’m awaiting the outcome of a grant application that I submitted at the very beginning of November – a few more weeks to wait yet, so I just have to be patient! – and I have another idea for a big grant application, but that still requires a bit more work before we can upload it as a formal submission.

All the above is exciting stuff, but some further developments have been rather more unexpected.  Last November, my solo flute composition was performed by a doctoral student at the London College of music, with another performance expected this year.  And yesterday, I was in touch with a folklore expert on the Isle of Wight (he curates https://www.thesacredisle.uk/), who has accepted for broadcast two SoundCloud recordings of a couple of my song compositions, performed by a librarian soprano of my acquaintance.  (Librarian soprano? Soprano librarian?  We know each other because we’re librarians, AND because of a shared musical interest.  You know what I mean, anyway!)  Suffice to say, these songs will  be broadcast on an Isle of Wight folklore programme that this expert is curating.  (They’ll be available online, which is just as well, because it could be difficult trying to tune in by radio from Glasgow!)

I have conflicted feelings about my compositional activities.  Surrounded by “real composers”, I suffer severely from imposter syndrome in this regard.  And yet, whilst I’m not a professional composer, I do appear to be a composer of some sort!  I can only say, watch this space …

Claimed From Stationers’ Hall: papers from an AHRC-funded network project (Brio Vol.56 no.2, Autumn-Winter 2019)

An important research output, and also worthy of noting here on my Teaching Artist blog – first published output of 2020!

Claimed From Stationers' Hall

And it popped through the letter-box today: the latest shiny-new issue of Brio, our special issue dedicated to papers from the Claimed From Stationers’ Hall networking project.

If you or your library subscribe to Brio, put the kettle on and settle down to a fascinating read.  (Your library may have been closed for Christmas, so it might take a day or two for the latest issue to hit the shelves!)

I have added the entire issue to Pure, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s institutional repository, but it won’t appear straight away – all entries go through an editorial process to ensure we’ve logged every relevant bit of data!

If you contributed to the volume, but haven’t got access to Brio, please don’t worry – we’ll be sending you a copy in due course!

Meanwhile, to whet your appetite, here’s what you can look forward to!

Brio 56 no 2 title page

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