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CoMa Music for All 2018

Posted on 11 January 2018 by Lauren Sourbutts

Martin Humphries (PhD in Composition) CoMA (Contemporary Music for All) is a UK-wide organisation promoting new music at an amateur level. This chimes perfectly with my own views, with the pre-occupation of much of my research and composing practice being that contemporary repertoire should not be the reserve of professional ensembles.
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Marxism and Form

Object #10. Marxism and Form

Posted on 24 August 2017 by Lauren Sourbutts

By Benjamin Davis (PhD Musicology) The object I have chosen is Fredric Jameson’s book Marxism and Form (1971), in which he postulates that history, as absent cause, shapes cultural forms and leaves traces in them of the situations of their making and reception.
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Object #9. Brassed Off: Gender Stereotypes and the Sexualisation of Instruments, on- and off-screen

Posted on 3 August 2017 by Lauren Sourbutts

By Harriett Blakeman, MA (Performance) Directed by Mark Herman, Brassed Off (1996) confronts social and political tensions prevalent in late twentieth-century Britain. Herman portrays a colliery brass band threatened by pit closures and under investigation from the British Coal Board. For the band members, the ensemble is one of the many areas of their lives
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