Title Paul Rodmell's research in late 19th and early 20th century history
Duration 1.21 mins
My name is Paul Rodmell. I'm a Lecturer in Music History at the University of Birmingham.
My main field of research interest is late 19th century and early 20th century Britain. I'm currently writing a book on opera and operatic culture in Britain between 1875 and 1918, which focuses on such things as what people would have seen, how it would have been performed, new British operas, why we apparently weren't very good at opera in the 19th century in this country, the commercial situation in which opera companies found themselves and so on and so forth.
Although at the moment I'm working on opera, I've also written on concert societies around Britain, particularly in Dublin, and also on music in the Anglican Church. So, various aspects of 19th century social and historical musical culture are of interest to me.
I'm currently supervising postgraduates on a variety of subjects. I've got one student studying the songs of Herbert Howells. One student studying Granville Bantock's dramatic works and one student working on the Broadwood piano archive which is the company archive for Broadwood in the early 19th century. So, although my main interests personally are on the late 19th century and early 20th century, I would go both forwards and backwards within the national framework.