New course: ‘The String Quartets of Dmitri Shostakovich’

(image: wikipedia) In the spirit of sharing syllabi and teaching materials, I'm making the overview of my new module publicly available. Beginning January 2022, I'll be teaching a new module at Royal Holloway (well, technically a revived one, from maybe 10 years ago), on Shostakovich's String Quartets. Over 10 weeks, students will engage with these… Continue reading New course: ‘The String Quartets of Dmitri Shostakovich’

Teaching: ‘A History of the 19th-Century in 100 Musical Works’

Here's a post on a brand new module I'm delivering this coming term: 'A History of the Nineteenth Century in 100 Musical Works'.  I spend lots of my time dissecting ideas of classical canon in music, seeking to expand representation in terms of ethnic diversity and gender, exploring 'forgotten' composers, etc (you only have to… Continue reading Teaching: ‘A History of the 19th-Century in 100 Musical Works’

April/May Update – QMUL talk and book reviews

Here's a few updates on my recent and upcoming activities. First of all, I'm giving a talk on 'The Paradoxes of Socialist-Realist Music' at QMUL on 12 May, as part of their 'Translation, Transmission, and Cultural Transfer' seminar series. Abstract as follows: 'There is a considerable body of work on socialist realism in literature, art,… Continue reading April/May Update – QMUL talk and book reviews

Podcast appearance – ‘Down with the Patri-Bachy’

I was delighted to record an episode of the new podcast 'Down with the Patri-Bachy' with Ellie Ajao and Ben Richards at the weekend. Their podcast focuses on expanding our ideas of the classical canon via exploring composers who aren't male/white/dead. Their first two episodes explored the music of Florence Price and Germaine Tailleferre. For… Continue reading Podcast appearance – ‘Down with the Patri-Bachy’


I've made a resolution to post on this site more often. It perhaps won't always be the most 'in-depth' content, but I'm going to post more often anyway. Here's a few things I would like to do this year: Start up Youtube channel (watch this space!) Two articles accepted/published Book proposal submitted + accepted Here's… Continue reading 2021

‘Socialist Realism comes to the Met Stage’

Socialist Realism has frequently been badly received outside of its intended audience. The following is a memorable review by Harold C. Schonberg for the New York Times on a production of Kiril Molchanov's The Dawns are Quiet Here. -------------------------------------- New York Times, July 14, 1975. 'Socialist Realism Comes to Met Stage' Presumably, there was a political… Continue reading ‘Socialist Realism comes to the Met Stage’