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Department of Music

From opera to soundscape, from John Cale to James Blake, music at Goldsmiths embraces 21st-century culture.

Our music degrees bring together academic work with creative practice, letting you merge classical, contemporary, studio-based, ethnographic and popular music studies.

We focus on your creative development, enabling you to make music that’s true to your identity. You will graduate with an impressive and diverse set of skills, equipped for a range of music careers: whether in performance, education, the arts sector or the creative industries.

As a student at Goldsmiths, you will perform, compose, study and experiment – ultimately specialising in the subjects that interest you most. You will use our commercial-standard recording studio and Stanley Glasser Electronic Music Studios, and you can gain work experience through our professional practice scheme linked to London-based music institutions.

We provide a host of performance opportunities, including our opera, the Goldsmiths Sinfonia, our Chamber Choir and the Contemporary Music Ensemble. These culminate in our end-of-year degree show and public music festival, PureGold.

LATEST NEWS:

Alexander Ivashkin Scholarship worth £3000 a year. The Dept of Music is excited to be able to offer significant scholarships: £3000 a year for 3 years for 5 BMus Music students, and a 25% fee reduction for 3 MMus students. Click here for more information on the BMus Music scholarship, and here for MMus fee reduction.

Congratualtions to our latest PhD student, Dr Andri Hadjiandreou: ‘Intentions and Interpretations: Form, Narrativity and Performance Approaches to the 19th-Century Piano Ballade’, under her supervisor Anthony Pryer.

Welcome to Ashley Paul, Research Fellow, attached to the Contemporary Music Research Unit and Popular Music Research Unit. Paul is a performer and composer based in Brooklyn, New York. She uses an array of instruments including saxophone, clarinet, voice, guitar, bells and percussion, mixing disparate elements to create a colorful palate of sound that works its way into her intuitive songs; free forming, introverted melodies.

Berta Joncus was the guest on BBC Radio 3's Building a Library, in which she selects the best (from c48!) recordings of Mozart's Abduction from the Seraglio - more information here

Celebrating the Thunderbirds 50th anniversary this year, check out the performance of Thunderbirds Are Go! at this years Glastonbury Festival, performed by Charles Hazlewood’s All Star Collective, and the arrangements are by the Music Department's Ian Gardiner.

PhD funding success: Music will host an AHRC-funded PhD project from next year, thanks to an award just made under the CHASE scheme. Applications for the next round of PhD funding will be invited again in the autumn. More information on the MPhil/PhD here

Congratulations to PhD graduates John Lely and Ryo Ikeshiro on being awarded the Francis Chagrin Award.

New Music Bursaries and Scholarships Announced

Alexander Ivashkin Music Scholarship
The Dept of Music is excited to be able to offer significant scholarships: £3000 a year for 3 years for 5 BMus Music students, and a 25% fee reduction for 3 MMus students. Click here for more information on the BMus Music scholarship, and here for MMus fee reduction. Applicants for the MMus (Performance & Related Studies) for 2015 entry will automatically be considered for the Alexander Ivashkin Music Scholarship. This scholarship honours Professor Ivashkin's outstanding contributions to music performance. The scholarship is a 25% fee waiver for students in the MMus (Performance & Related Studies) degree.

Joe Brown Memorial Award
Second-year students are eligible to apply for an award of £1,000 towards final-year Creative Projects with an electronic component. This award is generously donated by Nick Brown in memory of his son, Joe Brown. The Award recipient will receive the title of ‘Joe Brown Memorial Scholar’.

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