Centre for Russian Music (CRM)
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The Centre for Russian Music

The Centre for Russian Music

The Centre for Russian Music (CRM) is an original and unique initiative in the West, the main purpose of which is to promote research, publication and performance. It offers 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 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  • Access to unique unpublished archive materials, a very comprehensive recording collection, and one of the best collections of publications on Russian music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:


In 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).


Goldsmiths signs agreement with Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory

At the end of 2013 the Warden, Patrick Loughrey, visited Moscow to sign a Memorandum of Understanding that will see Goldsmiths strengthen our cultural ties with The Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory. 

The agreement, signed by the Warden and the Conservatory's Rector, Professor Alexander Sokolov (pictured left), promotes cultural understanding, collegiality and academic fellowship between the two institutions. As a result, Goldsmiths and the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory will seek to develop collaborative projects, publications, concerts and festivals, with the potential for short-term exchange visits.

The Project (2009- ): Alfred Schnittke: Collected Works. Critical Edition

The publication of the Alfred Schnittke Collected Works is a joint project of the Compozitor Publishing House, St Petersburg, the Schnittke family Archive, and the Alfred Schnittke Collection at the Centre for Russian Music, Goldsmiths, University of London. [Find out more]

Centre for Russian music events

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Alfred Schnittke Collection

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A Dictionary of Russian/Soviet Piano Music

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