Leadership and Management
At Birmingham I co-founded the Centre for Early Music Performance & Research (CEMPR) and have been its Director since 2004. CEMPR is a unique centre among higher education institutions in the UK and has few competitors globally. It brings together traditional, applied, and practice-based research in music pre 1800 in an integrated community of academic staff, students, and the professional world of early music performance. Some of the world’s leading early music performers now teach at CEMPR.
I have also built up the resource of ‘period instruments’ from a handful of instruments to a working collection of over 100 instruments made by the best makers in the world. Phase 1 of the development of CEMPR involved introducing and integrating professional-level early music to performance and academic courses in the undergraduate syllabus. Phase 2 involved introducing innovative postgraduate programmes, including the first PhD in performance practice to be offered in a UK university. Four new early music pathways in Early Music will be launched in the autumn of 2012 for entry in 2013.
Building on the unique infrastructure of early music activities at UG and PG level, CEMPR is now in Phase 3 of its development i.e. innovative early music projects involving practice-led research and research-led practice. Already CEMPR staff and projects have attracted substantial grants from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and other bodies.
In addition to my role as Director of CEMPR, I have served in various roles at School level, including Head of Academic Programmes, and Deputy Head of the School of Humanities (made up of the departments of Italian, French, German, Hispanic Studies, Drama and Theatre Arts, English, and Music).
From its inception to its successful conclusion, I worked very closely with the development office (DARO) in the University campaign to raise funds for the new Bramall Music Building, which has its official opening in November 2012.
As an artistic director of the Birmingham Early Music Festival, I have been responsible for devising many original early music programmes, and for the UK debut of several artists from mainland Europe and the U.S.