Research in Music at Canterbury Christ Church University has an excellent, international, reputation, highlighted by the results of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, in which 75% of the Department's research work was rated as internationally excellent or recognised, with 10% being awarded the highest possible rating of "world-leading".
The Music Department regularly attracts internationally renowned performers, composers and musicologists to Canterbury, giving students opportunities to work alongside composers such as Jonathan Harvey, Mark Anthony Turnage and Poul Ruders, and performers such as Peter Hill, Jane Chapman, the London Sinfonietta and Ensemble Klang. In 2009 the Department hosted Krzysztof Penderecki, and in 2011 it welcomes Arvo Pärt. The Department also maintains very close partnerships with ensembles and festivals including the Maggini String Quartet, Southbank Sinfonia, Canterbury Festival and Sounds New Festival.
Advanced composition students work regularly with our two Visiting Professors of Composition, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies (Master of the Queen's Music) and Paul Patterson. Staff composers working in the Department include Professor Roderick Watkins, Dr Matthew Wright and Robert Stillman, exploring between them a wide range of genres and styles.
Musicological research is led by Dr Eva Mantzourani, whose particular areas of expertise include the music of Nikos Skalkottas and concert life in 19th-century England, and Dr Robert Rawson, whose research focuses on early Czech music and issues of performance practice.
The Music Department's extensive research into Music and Health is based in the Sidney de Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health led by Professor Stephen Clift and has almost a dozen active researchers. Departmental research into Instrumental Teaching and Learning is led by Kim Burwell, focusing particularly on higher education and the development of student independence.
The Department hosts an outstanding series of research seminars in musicology, performance practice and music and health together with annual international conferences (recently including Music and Health (2008), Polish Music Since 1945 (2009), Music and Numbers (2010), Baltic Music and Musicologies (May 2011) and Striking a Chord September (2011).
For further information about these projects and more, please visit the Music Department's web pages.