MUSIC COLLECTIONS, MUSIC ROOMS AND MUSICAL PRACTICE IN BRITISH COUNTRY HOUSES, 1780-1860
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON IN COLLABORATION WITH THE NATIONAL TRUST
The Department of Music at the University of Southampton, in collaboration with The National Trust, has been given two new fully-funded PhD studentships by the Arts and Humanities Research Council of Great Britain. The studentships are for the project 'Music Collections, Music Rooms and Musical Practice in British Country Houses, 1780-1860'. The project aims to expand understanding of domestic musical practice in British country houses of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, investigating the intersections of space, material musical culture, musical repertory and performance practice characteristic of this milieu. In addition to conducting their research, the students will create historically sensitive musical events and materials for dissemination through heritage bodies so that country house spaces 'sound' for contemporary visitors in informative and stimulating ways. The practical context for both studentships will be provided by the National Trust, principally through two major music collections still held in the houses in which they were first used, Tatton Park (Cheshire) and Killerton House (Devon). In addition to research in the collections, the students will have training in National Trust regional and national offices and a co-supervisor from the Trust in addition to academic supervision.
One studentship is for a dissertation on an aspect of domestic music-making in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century British country houses. The precise topic will emerge from negotiation with the student, but will be practically based in one or more music collections held by the National Trust. The holder of the second studentship will prepare a shorter thesis and a portfolio of recitals and other musical events for a performance-led research degree on musical repertory performed in country houses. The musical events will not only demonstrate aspects of historical performance practice but will be suitable for touring to historic properties as appropriate, and for filming and/or recording (including for example as podcasts or material for audio headsets) for use by the National Trust. Student 2 will probably be a first-study keyboard player, although appropriately-qualified singers will be considered for the studentship. The students will be required to act as a team, with the predominantly historical work of student 1 supporting the more practice-led research of student 2, and vice versa.
The studentships are available to UK residents and EU nationals. For more information and instructions on how to apply, see
The application deadline is 10 June 2009. Queries can be directed to JeaniceBrooks: ljb1 at soton.ac.uk.