Alexander Ivashkin memorial concert

Centre for Russian Music

We're an original and unique initiative in the West, the main purpose of which is to promote research, publication and performance.

Department of Music

Inside the department

We offer a wide-ranging scope of interdisciplinary activities focused on cultural, social, political and musical problems of Russian modern history and based on its unique archival collections.

The Centre for Russian Music (CRM) works under the supervision of an international board of advisors, including Krzystof Penderecki, Sofia Gubaidulina, Arvo Part, James MacMillan, Oliver Knussen, Irina Schnittke, Gennady Rozhdestvensky and Alexander Lazarev. The Centre attracts researchers and students from different countries and makes its unique materials available to any interested scholar.

For enquires, please contact Dr Tamsin Alexander.

The CRM offers:

  • Courses in Russian music
  • Graduate supervision
  • Short courses, research seminars and round-table discussions
  • Publication launches
  • An innovative yearly conference and concert events backed by the music industry
  • Workshops and masterclasses with leading Russian composers and performers
  • Opportunities to perform Russian music
  • Access to unique unpublished archive materials, a very comprehensive recording collection, and one of the best collections of publications on Russian music
  • Unique opportunities for postgraduate students to work in archives in Russia.

Special collections of the Centre for Russian Music include:

  • Malcolm Henbury Ballan's collection of Russian Piano Music (including many rare first editions) ; enquiries and appointments: Jacqueline Cooke
  • Malcolm Henbury Ballan's collection of orchestral and chamber scores; enquiries and appointments: Jacqueline Cooke
  • Special collection of post-Soviet scores, recordings and document; enquires and appointments: Lesley Ruthven, Librarian, Special Collections & Music
  • Nikolai Korndorf's archive, enquires and appointments: Tamsin Alexander
  • Giles Roche's collection of the scores, recordings and booksIn November 2012 Gerard McBurney's collection of scores, books, recorded interviews, press clippings and concert programmes were donated to the Centre for Russian Music. It is being catalogued and will soon be made available for the scholars.

The CRM also co-ordinates a variety of events, including concerts, festivals, research programmes, conferences and seminars dedicated to Russian music on a wide cultural and political background.

Festivals and conferences have been running in collaboration with leading national orchestras (BBC SO, London Philharmonic, RSNO), recording companies (Chandos, BMG) and publishing houses (Boosey & Hawkes; Hans Sikorski, Germany; Kompozitor, Russia).

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