Dr Lauren Redhead

Staff details

PositionSenior Lecturer, Head of Undergraduate Studies
Department Music
Email l.redhead (@gold.ac.uk)
Dr Lauren Redhead

Lauren’s primary interests are in 20th and 21st Century Music; she is a musicologist who studies the aesthetics and sociosemiotics of music, psychoanalytic perspectives on music, minority discourse, anti-aesthetics, materialism and notation, a composer of experimental music, a performer of music for organ and electronics. Her PhD thesis, completed at the University of Leeds with Prof Derek Scott and Prof Martin Iddon, took a practice-led approach to the application of relational aesthetics in music and was funded by the AHRC. Since completing her PhD, Lauren has published work on many contemporary composers, and on Practice Research. She is currently the president of the Royal Musical Associations’s Music and/as Process study group.

As a composer, Lauren’s music has been performed by international artists such as Ian Pace, the Nieuw Ensemble, Trio Atem, Philip Thomas, BL!NDMAN ensemble and rarescale, and she has received commissions from, for example, Yorkshire Forward, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Making Music and the PRSF for Music, Octopus Collective with the Arts Council of England and TRANSIT festival. Her opera with librettist Adam Strickson, green angel, was premiered in January 2011 with the support of the Arts Council of England. Lauren’s music has been performed at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, the London Ear Festival, London Contemporary Music Festival, Firenze Suona Contemporanea, Composer’s Marathon V (Vienna), Full of Noises Festival, the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, and many locations throughout the UK and Europe. A CD of Lauren’s chamber works entitled tactile figures was released on the engraved glass label in 2012. She has since released two albums with the pan y rosas discos experimental music label (Chicago) and her work ‘concerto’ featured on the debut album of the Vocal Constructivists, ‘Walking Still’ (Innova). As a performer Lauren is actively involved in promoting and commissioning new works for organ and electronics and graphic and open notation works for the organ. In 2014 she gave a tour of her organ and electronics programme throughout the UK with the support of Sound and Music and in 2015 this was followed by a duet organ and electronics album with Alistair Zaldua on the sfz music label.

Research Interests

20th and 21st century music; music aesthetics; music and philosophy; music semiotics; analysis of 20th century music; contemporary music performance practices; practice research; compositio