AHRC Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice

Lead Research Organisation: University of Cambridge
Department Name: Music

Abstract

CHARM's work on recordings serves as the springboard for an enterprising and coordinated study of live musical performance. The Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice will pursue flagship projects with associated workshop packages and will develop a Performance Studies Network to consolidate performance-related research across the discipline. The project team and affiliated PhD students will address such key questions as 'How is musical performance creative, and what knowledge is creatively embodied in musical performance?' Their research will innovatively combine empirical, analytical and computational approaches to performance from diverse traditions and cultures, with the potential to shape musicology's future agenda.
 
Title The Elusive Chopin 
Description Lecture-recital outlining how historical and analytical insights into select works by Fryderyk Chopin can be conveyed through musical performance 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2012 
Impact Considerable interest expressed by members of the public, who were encouraged to consult the resources at www.chopinonline.ac.uk/cfeo and www.chopinonline.ac.uk/ocve. 
 
Description Musical performance has increasingly attracted the attention of researchers after generations of relative neglect. In a dynamic five-year programme, however, the AHRC Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice (CMPCP) has achieved new levels of understanding about music and how it is created both in and through performance.

Launched in October 2009, with a focus on live musical performance and creative music-making, CMPCP has engaged a large team of musicians and musicologists spanning all stages of the career cycle. The Centre's research agenda has addressed important questions such as: How is musical performance creative? How does the act of performance take shape over time? And how does understanding musical performance as creative practice vary across different global contexts and conditions? Reflecting a recent shift in how music is taught at universities and conservatoires, the Centre's work has encouraged the interaction of theory and practice rather than their traditional separation.

Based at the University of Cambridge, CMPCP has featured partnerships with King's College London, the University of Oxford, and Royal Holloway, University of London, and close affiliations with the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the Royal College of Music. It has undertaken five complementary research projects with associated workshops. Alongside these, the Centre has established an international Performance Studies Network to foster collaborative research between scholars and performers across the globe, in addition to awarding Visiting Fellowships and doctoral studentships and running three major conferences.
Exploitation Route The study of musical performance has a long history within musicology, mostly in the fields of historical performance and music psychology, but only in recent years has a performance studies strand developed within the discipline. Musical performance studies now embraces a wide range of methodological approaches from such fields as music history, psychology, analysis, computational musicology, aesthetics, ethnomusicology, anthropology, cultural studies and sociology, while also rubbing shoulders with other art forms including drama, dance and the visual arts. CMPCP believes this diversity is to be celebrated: not only does it ensure greater vitality and viability, but it also paves the way for mutually enriching forms of engagement and collaboration.
The Centre's Director Professor John Rink elaborates: "The fact that we can speak of performance studies as an integral part of today's musicology is attributable to the development of a sizable international community of scholars, institutions to support their work, a large body of research, established modes of dissemination, shared beliefs and values, a common discourse, and a perceived identity. But in some ways we have only just begun: in the brave new world that might now follow, the immensely significant role of performers will be fully recognized by musicologists and thus will inform and shape their research."

Over forty musicians, musicologists and external experts have belonged to the CMPCP team, along with the large membership of CMPCP's Performance Studies Network. In working to consolidate research activity, CMPCP as a whole has aimed to generate new capacity and capability for future generations in part by uniting communities that to date have remained separate rather than engaging with one another.
Sectors Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

URL http://www.cmpcp.ac.uk
 
Description Findings from the research carried out by members of the AHRC Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice (CMPCP) have been used across a wide array of sectors, ranging from private musical tuition to university-level education, and encompassing the creative worlds of composing, giving concerts, leading masterclasses and workshops, and so forth. The commensurately broad spectrum of stakeholders has been in evidence at events including public lectures, focus-group discussions, public performances, conferences, etc.
First Year Of Impact 2009
Sector Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections,Other
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Economic

 
Description AHRC Research Grants
Amount £993,117 (GBP)
Funding ID AH/N004663/1 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2016 
End 03/2021
 
Description Centre for Digital Music (C4DM)
Amount £23,994 (GBP)
Funding ID AH/J013145/1 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description Centre for Digital Music (C4DM)
Amount £23,994 (GBP)
Funding ID AH/J013145/1 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description KCL Graduate School Conference Fund Grant
Amount £300 (GBP)
Organisation King's College London 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description KCL Graduate School Conference Fund Grant
Amount £300 (GBP)
Organisation King's College London 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description KCL Graduate School Travel Bursary
Amount £203 (GBP)
Organisation King's College London 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description KCL Small Grant for Research in Arts & Humanities
Amount £200 (GBP)
Organisation King's College London 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description KCL Small Grant for Research in Arts & Humanities
Amount £250 (GBP)
Organisation King's College London 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description KCL Small Grant for Research in Arts and Humanities
Amount £350 (GBP)
Organisation King's College London 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description Music and Letters Trust
Amount £500 (GBP)
Organisation Music & Letters Trust 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2011 
End 08/2011
 
Description Music and Letters Trust
Amount £500 (GBP)
Organisation Music & Letters Trust 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description Music and Letters Trust Bursaries
Amount £1,500 (GBP)
Organisation Music & Letters Trust 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2010 
End 07/2010
 
Description Music and Letters Trust Bursaries
Amount £1,500 (GBP)
Organisation Music & Letters Trust 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description SEMPRE Conference Award
Amount £50 (GBP)
Organisation The Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description SEMPRE Conference Award
Amount £175 (GBP)
Organisation The Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2012 
 
Description SEMPRE Conference Award
Amount £50 (GBP)
Organisation The Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2012 
 
Description SEMPRE Conference Award
Amount £175 (GBP)
Organisation The Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description ARC Centre for Excellence for the History of Emotions 
Organisation Australian Research Council
Department Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions
Country Australia 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Nicholas Cook gave a keynote paper entitled 'Beyond hidden persuasion' at the 34th National Conference of the Musicological Society of Australia  and the 2nd International Conference on Music and Emotions, held in Perth, Australia in December 2011 in association with the ARC Centre for Excellence for the History of Emotions (of which CMPCP International Advisory Board member Jane Davidson is a Co-Director).
Start Year 2010
 
Description CMPCP Affiliate Artist Scheme 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
Department AHRC Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution CMPCP has a roster of distinguished Affiliate Artists, including Alfred Brendel, Simon Channing, Margaret Faultless, Christopher Hogwood, Janis Kelly, Helen Reid, Susan Tomes, and the four members of the Endellion Quartet ? Andrew Watkinson, Ralph de Souza, Garfield Jackson and David Waterman.These Affiliate Artists have actively contributed to at least one CMPCP workshop or conference or to another area of the Centre's work. Full details of the current roster appear at www.cmpcp.ac.uk/people_artists.html.
Start Year 2009
 
Description CMPCP Associate Scheme 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
Department AHRC Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The AHRC Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice currently has four CMPCP Associates ? Dr Mine Do_antan-Dack, Dr Helena Gaunt, Dr Nicolas Gold, and Professor Aaron Williamon ? all of whom provide high-level input to the Centre's work on an ongoing basis. For biographical details on these members see http://www.cmpcp.ac.uk/people_associates.html.
Start Year 2009
 
Description CMPCP International Advisory Panel 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
Department AHRC Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Both CMPCP's Directorate and the Steering Committee are supported by an International Advisory Panel, whose formal membership includes leading scholars within the fields of musicology, ethnomusicology, music psychology and cognate disciplines, as well as distinguished performers, composers and music teachers. The panel's current membership includes Professor Philip Bohlman (University of Chicago), Professor Jane Davidson (University of Western Australia), Peter Dejans (Orpheus Instituut), Professor Jonathan Dunsby (Eastman School of Music), Professor Stephen McAdams (McGill University) and Professor Huib Schippers (Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre, Griffith University).
Start Year 2009
 
Description Cambridge Summer Music Festival 
Organisation Cambridge Summer Music Festival
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The concert given on Friday 15 July 2011 by the Endellion String Quartet, which formed part of CMPCP's Performance Studies Network International Conference at the University of Cambridge in July 2011, was organised by the Cambridge Summer Music Festival.
Start Year 2010
 
Description Guildhall School of Music & Drama 
Organisation Guildhall School of Music & Drama
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution One of the key collaborating institutions in the 'Creative learning and "original" music performance project within CMPCP. Extensive fieldwork is being conducted at both the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama; the work in question is being undertaken by two Research Fellows based at the University of Cambridge (Dr Karen Wise and Dr Mirjam James). The director of this collaborative research project is Prof. John Rink (Cambridge), working in partnership with Dr Helena Gaunt (Guildhall School) and Prof. Aaron Williamon (Royal College of Music).
Start Year 2009
 
Description Institute of Musical Research 
Organisation Royal Holloway, University of London
Department Institute of Musical Research
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Institute of Musical Research exists to facilitate research in music of all traditions and eras, and to support freelance and affiliated scholars alike. The IMR is working closely with CMPCP in mounting an annual Performance/Research seminar series along with other special events, such as the Study Day with the Arditti Quartet on 26 January 2012.
Start Year 2009
 
Description Laboratoire d?excellence (GREAM) Groupe de Recherches Expérimentales sur l?Acte Musical 
Organisation Laboratoire d'excellence (GREAM) Groupe de Recherches Expérimentales sur l'Acte Musical
Country France 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution John Rink is an invited overseas member of the Comité de pilotage for the Groupe de Recherches Expérimentales sur l?Acte Musical (GREAM), which is a Laboratoire d?excellence (LABEX) at the Université de Strasbourg, France.
Start Year 2011
 
Description Rhythm Changes: Jazz Cultures and European Identities 
Organisation Rhythm Changes Jazz Cultures and European Identities
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Rhythm Changes project has been funded as part of the Humanities in the European Research Area?s (HERA) theme, ?Cultural dynamics: inheritance and identity?, a joint research programme funded by thirteen national funding agencies to ?create collaborative, trans-national research opportunities that will derive new insights from humanities research in order to address major social, cultural, and political challenges facing Europe?. CMPCP and the Rhythm Changes project collaborated in organising the jazz panel discussion on 17 July 2011 as part of CMPCP's Performance Studies Network International Conference entitled 'On the margins of idiomatic jazz: creativity in improvisation, performance and composition'.
Start Year 2010
 
Description Royal College of Music 
Organisation Royal College of Music (RCM)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution One of the key collaborating institutions in the 'Creative learning and "original" music performance project within CMPCP. Extensive fieldwork is being conducted at both the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama; the work in question is being undertaken by two Research Fellows based at the University of Cambridge (Dr Karen Wise and Dr Mirjam James). The director of this collaborative research project is Prof. John Rink (Cambridge), working in partnership with Dr Helena Gaunt (Guildhall School) and Prof. Aaron Williamon (Royal College of Music).
Start Year 2009
 
Description Sonic Arts Research Centre at Queens University Belfast (SARC) 
Organisation Queen's University Belfast
Department Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Sonic Arts Research Centre was established at Queen?s University Belfast, Northern Ireland in February 2001. The Centre, the first purpose-built facility of its kind in the UK, has brought together over fifty researchers working in the fields of music, computer science and electrical and electronic engineering into a world-class research group. CMPCP collaborated with SARC on 30 June 2011 in the event 'Improvisation in the Round' (see ROS separate entry).
Start Year 2009
 
Description Third Reflective Conservatoire Conference 
Organisation Third Reflective Conservatoire Conference
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Third International Reflective Conservatoire Conference 'Performing at the Heart of Knowledge' was held at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the Barbican Centre from 17 to 20 March 2012. It brought together leading researchers, professional performers and teachers in music and drama from all over the world to address key issues within music in Higher Education in a series of Keynote papers, curated sessions, seminars, practical workshops and a festival showcasing new work. The conference was delivered in partnership with the European Association of Conservatoires (AEC), The Culture Capital Exchange (TCCE), the Society for Education, Music & Psychology Research (SEMPRE) and the AHRC Research Centre for Music Performance as Creative Practice (CMPCP).
Start Year 2011
 
Description Alfred Brendel: Humanitas Visiting Professor in Chamber Music 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Humanitas Visiting Professorship in Chamber Music 2011 was held by Alfred Brendel. The programme consisted of the following events, all of which were held in the Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge:

Lectures:
On Character in Music - Friday, 13 May 2011
Light and Shade of Interpretation - Monday, 16 May 2011

Open Rehearsal with Alfred Brendel and Szymanowski Quartet - Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Concert by Szymanowski Quartet - Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Stimulated considerable discussion and heightened interests.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Chopin's afterthoughts. Talk presented in The Prince's Teaching Institute Summer School Residential for English, History, Art and Music, Homerton College, Cambridge 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk sparked questions and discussion afterwards

Future related activity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Music, empathy and cultural understanding 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Keynote address at International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, Seoul, South Korea, 7 August 2014

Unknown.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.icmpc.org/icmpc_upcoming_conference.html
 
Description Musical Performance as Creative Practice. Talk presented in University of Cambridge Alumni Festival. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk sparked questions and discussion afterwards

Future related activity
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description New work, old instruments: At His Majesty's Pleasure - a collaboration between Martyn Harry and His Majesty's Sagbutts and Cornetts'. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Talk sparked questions and discussion afterwards.

There is increasing interest in understanding creative processes in contemporary music, taking advantage of the living presence of the principal agents, and investigating some of the changing roles and functions that are involved. This paper contributes to this line of research, but examines the unusual case of the commissioning of a new work by an ensemble specialising in historical performance. We present some of the findings of a study of the rehearsal, recording sessions and live performance of 'At His Majesty's Pleasure', a contemporary piece by composer Martyn Harry for His Majesty's Sagbutts and Cornetts, an ensemble attuned to the performance practices of music of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. What are the demands that such a piece makes in terms of playing techniques, tuning, coordination and aesthetic attitude? What are the risks and opportunities of such a commission for the identity and reputation of the ensemble itself?
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.cmpcp.ac.uk/conference3.html
 
Description Private view: researchers as audience 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Talk sparked questions and discussion afterwards.

Unknown.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.cmpcp.ac.uk/Composers_performers_audiences.pdf
 
Description The price of literacy: performing practice today 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Lecture given at the Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge by Professor Richard Taruskin on 19 November 2010

Future related activity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Yundi in Cambridge: Chopin Masterclass and Musical Dialogue 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Masterclass given by the international concert pianist Li Yundi, followed by 'Musical Dialogue' (public interview/discussion) with John Rink

Future related activity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012