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Overview

Welcome from the Head of Department

Laura Hamer

Based at Liverpool Hope’s Creative Campus, the Music Department boasts teaching and research specialisms in Cultural and Historical Musicology, Popular Music Studies, Performance, Composition, and Electroacoustic Composition. The Department offers a BA Music degree, MA degrees in The Beatles, Popular Music and Society and Sacred Music, and research supervision in Musicology, Popular Music Studies, Composition, and Electroacoustic Composition for MPhil and PhD students.

As a Department, we work closely with our partner organisations to enhance our teaching and to explore exciting research possibilities. Our major partner is the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (RLPO). During their time with us, all undergraduate students have the opportunity to study composition and to have their pieces workshopped by members of the RLPO. Opportunities also exist in performance and to get involved with the RLPO’s In-Harmony Project. The Music Department also has partnerships with The European Opera Centre, Milapfest (Indian Music and Dance), The Beatles Story, and the City’s two cathedrals.

The Music Department is housed in the University’s new Capstone Building (opened 2010), which is also home to the Capstone Theatre, a 280-seater, public theatre, which hosts a regular public concert series, and in which students also get opportunities to perform. The Music Department is one of only a handful of All-Steinway Music Schools in the UK and, in addition to a Steinway Model D in the Capstone Theatre, also boasts a suite of sound-proofed practice rooms, all equipped with Steinway pianos. The Music Department includes specialised teaching spaces, a suite of electroacoustic facilities – two high-specification iMac computer labs installed with industry standard software, a multi-channel surround studio (8-channel setup), two individual-use project rooms for loudspeaker monitoring, and a further space for interactive laptop music – and a band room. The Department also owns two harpsichords, which are available for student use.

Beyond the core undergraduate and postgraduate provision, the Department also enjoys a flourishing musical life, with many ensembles and extra-curricular performance opportunities. These include Liverpool Hope Choir, Liverpool Hope Orchestra, Chamber Choir, Hope Park Voices (based in Music Education at Hope Park), Voices of Hope, University Concert Band (based in Music Education at Hope Park), and the innovative laptop orchestra H.E.L.L.O (Hope Electronic Live Laptop Orchestra). Students get many additional opportunities to perform, and the Department runs a regular student lunchtime concert series and open-mic nights. Many of our students get involved with our vibrant, student-led Music Society, which organises student showcases and social events throughout the year.

Voices of hope

Voices of Hope performing at the January Graduation Dinner 2014.

 

There are a number of (competitive) instrumental and choral scholarships available.

‌Dr Laura Hamer 

Head, Department of Music 

 

Study with us

              Undergraduate  Postgraduate                                    
Subject BA Music  MA Creative Practice
     MA Music since 1900
     MA Beatles, Popular Music and Society
     MA/PGCert Sacred Music

 

Contact us

For further information, please contact the Departmental Office: 

 

Department of Music 

T: 0151 291 3284 

El: music@hope.ac.uk

 

Research

Liverpool Hope is a long-established centre of excellence for the study, composition and performance of new music. Recently added specialisms include musicology, early music, and historically-informed performance. The Department also benefits from close partnerships with a number of arts organisations including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, European Opera Centre and Milapfest. The Cornerstone Festival, held each November, provides a platform for some of our latest work, programmed alongside visiting artists and ensembles from across the globe. Head of Music, Professor Stephen Pratt, is Festival Director.     

In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, 65% of the music research submitted by Liverpool Hope was 'recognised internationally' for its originality, significance and rigour, and, of this, 30% was highlighted as 'internationally excellent'.  The Department has continued to develop its research profile, having made three new appointments during the 2011-12 academic year, and is currently in the process of adding two Professorial Fellows, in composition and musicology.

The Department runs its own music research group and seminar series, and participates in a number of cross-disciplinary activities including meetings of research groups. Central to the Department’s research culture is its growing community of postgraduate students, both in taught MA programmes and research degrees.

Hear more about Department research 

Partnerships

Students benefit from Hope's longstanding partnerships with arts organisations that share its commitment to education. The University is the Higher Education Partner of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and members of the orchestra teach, perform and advise students at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Our partners also include the Indian arts trust Milapfest, and the European Opera Centre, which provides training and performance opportunities for early-career opera singers. In 2010 Hope also became one of the first UK universities to achieve the status of an 'All-Steinway School'.  

FAQs

Q1: What makes studying music at Liverpool Hope special?

A1: Liverpool boasts a vibrant and varied musical life, from the legacy of the Beatles via the city’s two cathedrals to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. At Liverpool Hope University we use this excellent infrastructure to provide you with a solid and broad education that equips you well for further study and professional life in many areas. At the same time we encourage you to develop your own interests with the help of our Department’s strengths in composition, popular music, musicology, early music, sacred music, and performance.

Q2: Where can I find a prospectus?

A2: You can view a copy of our Undergraduate Prospectus 2014 or request one be posted to you. Music Subject Leaflet 2015

For information on other courses offered by the music department, please use the Course Finder

Q3: Can I visit the department?

A3: Yes. The University holds Open Days where you can visit the Department and speak to our faculty.  

Q4: What should I put on my UCAS form?

A4: Please summarise your achievements in a clear and concise way, explaining what sets you apart from other candidates. Please make clear what your primary instrument/voice is and outline your main musical interests. Include any experience or interests in performance, composition, songwriting, music technology, music history, music theory and/or conducting that you may have. You may also like to consider including details of any ensembles/bands/orchestras you belong to, as well as any prizes or awards that you have won. Please pay attention to form and presentation.

Q5: Will I be interviewed or auditioned?

A5: If you apply for Single-Honours Music, you will be invited to visit the Department for our interview-and-audition process. You will be asked to sit a short test. This is nothing to worry about. We just want to know how you think about music, and your responses will provide discussion points for your interview. For the audition, we will ask you to play two short contrasting pieces. (Please advise us, in advance of the day of your visit to the Department, if you require piano accompaniment.) We will conclude the process with a short interview to find out more about your musical interest and aspirations. There will also be an opportunity for you to ask us any questions you might have about the course.

Applicants for Combined Honours (the Music Major) may be requested to go through the same procedure. Please allow at least an hour for the whole process.



Q6: What Grade should I be performing at?

A6: We expect a good level of performance, normally the equivalent to Grade VII (ABRSM) or above. If you have not taken any such exams, do not worry, as we assess all applicants individually through a short audition.  The ability to read music is also essential to undertake our BA Music. We generally expect all students to have obtained at least Grade V Music Theory (ABRSM) standard.

 

Q7: Do you accept mature students?

A7: Yes. We strongly encourage applications from mature students. If you do not possess the qualifications specified by UCAS, please ensure that your references and personal statement give us an accurate picture of your abilities. We will consider individual cases very carefully.

Q8: What happens if I miss my grades?

A8: Your application will automatically be entered into the UCAS Clearing procedure. Because we form our opinion based on more than exam grades alone, we sometimes still accept students who have narrowly missed their grades.

Q9: Do I have to pay extra for my instrumental/vocal lessons?

A9: No, these are provided free, though participation in the performance courses at second and third year are subject to successful performance in the previous year.

Q10: Who will be my instrumental/vocal teachers?

A10: Shortly after you commence your course, you will be allocated an experienced Visiting Instrumental/Vocal Tutor. You can find a full list of these colleagues under the list of Department Staff on the Department website.


Q11: Will my compositions be performed?

Q11: Yes. All  students have the opportunity to have their work played by members of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Also, we regularly invite high-profile ensembles — such as élite vocal ensembles  The Sixteen — to perform our students’ work.


Q12: What equipment and facilities will I have access to?

A12: The University continues to invest significantly into its music department’s equipment. Developments and acquisitions in recent years include the Cornerstone Building (£7 million), state- of-the-art electronic studio facilities(£60000), 15 pianos and grand pianos by Steinway & Sons (£250000), and a recording studio.

Department Staff

Academic 

Laura Hamer

Dr Laura Hamer

Head of Music 

hamerl@hope.ac.uk

 Manuella Blackburn

Dr Manuella Blackburn

Senior Lecturer in Music Technology

blackbm@hope.ac.uk

 

Dr Mike Brocken

Senior Lecturer in Popular Music

brockem@hope.ac.uk

Tassilo Erhardt

Professor Tassilo Erhardt

Professor of Sacred Music 

erhardt@hope.ac.uk

 Robin Hartwell

Robin Hartwell

Lecturer

hartwer@hope.ac.uk

 0132 Ms Joanna MacGregor

Ms Joanna MacGregor

Professor

macgrej@hope.ac.uk

 John Milsom

Dr John Milsom

Professorial Fellow in Music (Composition)

milsomj@hope.ac.uk

 Chloe Mullet

Chloe Mullett

Lecturer

mulletc@hope.ac.uk

 Ian Percy

Dr Ian Percy

Lecturer

percyi@hope.ac.uk

Stephen Pratt

Professor Stephen Pratt

Professor

pratts@hope.ac.uk 

 alberto sanna

Dr Alberto Sanna

Senior Lecturer

sannaa@hope.ac.uk

 Michael Talbot

Professor Michael Talbot

Visting Professor

talbotj@hope.ac.uk

 David Walters

David Walters

Music Tutor

walterd@hope.ac.uk

 

Instrumental Tutors 

Andrew Roberts Clarinet
Ben Cottrell (RLPO) Sax
Brendan Ball (RLPO) Trumpet
Chris Morely French Horn
David Bridge Guitar
David Walters Piano
Dianne O'Hara Piano
Esther Ingram (RLPO) Flute Tutor
Gethyn Jones (RLPO) Cello
Kate Smith Popular Music Vocal Tutor
Lynne Rogers Vocal Tutor
Mark Taft Guitar
Mike Harvey Percussion
Nick Bhattacharjee Flute Tutor
Paul Thomas Trumpet
Richard Lea Organ
Robin Haggard Tuba
Simon Chappell Trombone
Sophie Coles Violin
Thomas Verity (RLPO) Clarinet
Vanessa Williamson Classical Vocal Tutor

 

Administrative 

010 Mr Mark Pountney

Mr Mark Poutney

Department Administrative Assistant

pountnm@hope.ac.uk 

 

Overview

Welcome from the Head of Department

Laura Hamer

Based at Liverpool Hope’s Creative Campus, the Music Department boasts teaching and research specialisms in Cultural and Historical Musicology, Popular Music Studies, Performance, Composition, and Electroacoustic Composition. The Department offers a BA Music degree, MA degrees in The Beatles, Popular Music and Society and Sacred Music, and research supervision in Musicology, Popular Music Studies, Composition, and Electroacoustic Composition for MPhil and PhD students.

As a Department, we work closely with our partner organisations to enhance our teaching and to explore exciting research possibilities. Our major partner is the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (RLPO). During their time with us, all undergraduate students have the opportunity to study composition and to have their pieces workshopped by members of the RLPO. Opportunities also exist in performance and to get involved with the RLPO’s In-Harmony Project. The Music Department also has partnerships with The European Opera Centre, Milapfest (Indian Music and Dance), The Beatles Story, and the City’s two cathedrals.

The Music Department is housed in the University’s new Capstone Building (opened 2010), which is also home to the Capstone Theatre, a 280-seater, public theatre, which hosts a regular public concert series, and in which students also get opportunities to perform. The Music Department is one of only a handful of All-Steinway Music Schools in the UK and, in addition to a Steinway Model D in the Capstone Theatre, also boasts a suite of sound-proofed practice rooms, all equipped with Steinway pianos. The Music Department includes specialised teaching spaces, a suite of electroacoustic facilities – two high-specification iMac computer labs installed with industry standard software, a multi-channel surround studio (8-channel setup), two individual-use project rooms for loudspeaker monitoring, and a further space for interactive laptop music – and a band room. The Department also owns two harpsichords, which are available for student use.

Beyond the core undergraduate and postgraduate provision, the Department also enjoys a flourishing musical life, with many ensembles and extra-curricular performance opportunities. These include Liverpool Hope Choir, Liverpool Hope Orchestra, Chamber Choir, Hope Park Voices (based in Music Education at Hope Park), Voices of Hope, University Concert Band (based in Music Education at Hope Park), and the innovative laptop orchestra H.E.L.L.O (Hope Electronic Live Laptop Orchestra). Students get many additional opportunities to perform, and the Department runs a regular student lunchtime concert series and open-mic nights. Many of our students get involved with our vibrant, student-led Music Society, which organises student showcases and social events throughout the year.

Voices of hope

Voices of Hope performing at the January Graduation Dinner 2014.

 

There are a number of (competitive) instrumental and choral scholarships available.

‌Dr Laura Hamer 

Head, Department of Music 

 

Study with us

              Undergraduate  Postgraduate                                    
Subject BA Music  MA Creative Practice
     MA Music since 1900
     MA Beatles, Popular Music and Society
     MA/PGCert Sacred Music

 

Contact us

For further information, please contact the Departmental Office: 

 

Department of Music 

T: 0151 291 3284 

El: music@hope.ac.uk

 

Research

Liverpool Hope is a long-established centre of excellence for the study, composition and performance of new music. Recently added specialisms include musicology, early music, and historically-informed performance. The Department also benefits from close partnerships with a number of arts organisations including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, European Opera Centre and Milapfest. The Cornerstone Festival, held each November, provides a platform for some of our latest work, programmed alongside visiting artists and ensembles from across the globe. Head of Music, Professor Stephen Pratt, is Festival Director.     

In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, 65% of the music research submitted by Liverpool Hope was 'recognised internationally' for its originality, significance and rigour, and, of this, 30% was highlighted as 'internationally excellent'.  The Department has continued to develop its research profile, having made three new appointments during the 2011-12 academic year, and is currently in the process of adding two Professorial Fellows, in composition and musicology.

The Department runs its own music research group and seminar series, and participates in a number of cross-disciplinary activities including meetings of research groups. Central to the Department’s research culture is its growing community of postgraduate students, both in taught MA programmes and research degrees.

Hear more about Department research 

Partnerships

Students benefit from Hope's longstanding partnerships with arts organisations that share its commitment to education. The University is the Higher Education Partner of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and members of the orchestra teach, perform and advise students at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Our partners also include the Indian arts trust Milapfest, and the European Opera Centre, which provides training and performance opportunities for early-career opera singers. In 2010 Hope also became one of the first UK universities to achieve the status of an 'All-Steinway School'.  

FAQs

Q1: What makes studying music at Liverpool Hope special?

A1: Liverpool boasts a vibrant and varied musical life, from the legacy of the Beatles via the city’s two cathedrals to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. At Liverpool Hope University we use this excellent infrastructure to provide you with a solid and broad education that equips you well for further study and professional life in many areas. At the same time we encourage you to develop your own interests with the help of our Department’s strengths in composition, popular music, musicology, early music, sacred music, and performance.

Q2: Where can I find a prospectus?

A2: You can view a copy of our Undergraduate Prospectus 2014 or request one be posted to you. Music Subject Leaflet 2015

For information on other courses offered by the music department, please use the Course Finder

Q3: Can I visit the department?

A3: Yes. The University holds Open Days where you can visit the Department and speak to our faculty.  

Q4: What should I put on my UCAS form?

A4: Please summarise your achievements in a clear and concise way, explaining what sets you apart from other candidates. Please make clear what your primary instrument/voice is and outline your main musical interests. Include any experience or interests in performance, composition, songwriting, music technology, music history, music theory and/or conducting that you may have. You may also like to consider including details of any ensembles/bands/orchestras you belong to, as well as any prizes or awards that you have won. Please pay attention to form and presentation.

Q5: Will I be interviewed or auditioned?

A5: If you apply for Single-Honours Music, you will be invited to visit the Department for our interview-and-audition process. You will be asked to sit a short test. This is nothing to worry about. We just want to know how you think about music, and your responses will provide discussion points for your interview. For the audition, we will ask you to play two short contrasting pieces. (Please advise us, in advance of the day of your visit to the Department, if you require piano accompaniment.) We will conclude the process with a short interview to find out more about your musical interest and aspirations. There will also be an opportunity for you to ask us any questions you might have about the course.

Applicants for Combined Honours (the Music Major) may be requested to go through the same procedure. Please allow at least an hour for the whole process.



Q6: What Grade should I be performing at?

A6: We expect a good level of performance, normally the equivalent to Grade VII (ABRSM) or above. If you have not taken any such exams, do not worry, as we assess all applicants individually through a short audition.  The ability to read music is also essential to undertake our BA Music. We generally expect all students to have obtained at least Grade V Music Theory (ABRSM) standard.

 

Q7: Do you accept mature students?

A7: Yes. We strongly encourage applications from mature students. If you do not possess the qualifications specified by UCAS, please ensure that your references and personal statement give us an accurate picture of your abilities. We will consider individual cases very carefully.

Q8: What happens if I miss my grades?

A8: Your application will automatically be entered into the UCAS Clearing procedure. Because we form our opinion based on more than exam grades alone, we sometimes still accept students who have narrowly missed their grades.

Q9: Do I have to pay extra for my instrumental/vocal lessons?

A9: No, these are provided free, though participation in the performance courses at second and third year are subject to successful performance in the previous year.

Q10: Who will be my instrumental/vocal teachers?

A10: Shortly after you commence your course, you will be allocated an experienced Visiting Instrumental/Vocal Tutor. You can find a full list of these colleagues under the list of Department Staff on the Department website.


Q11: Will my compositions be performed?

Q11: Yes. All  students have the opportunity to have their work played by members of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Also, we regularly invite high-profile ensembles — such as élite vocal ensembles  The Sixteen — to perform our students’ work.


Q12: What equipment and facilities will I have access to?

A12: The University continues to invest significantly into its music department’s equipment. Developments and acquisitions in recent years include the Cornerstone Building (£7 million), state- of-the-art electronic studio facilities(£60000), 15 pianos and grand pianos by Steinway & Sons (£250000), and a recording studio.

Department Staff

Academic 

Laura Hamer

Dr Laura Hamer

Head of Music 

hamerl@hope.ac.uk

 Manuella Blackburn

Dr Manuella Blackburn

Senior Lecturer in Music Technology

blackbm@hope.ac.uk

 

Dr Mike Brocken

Senior Lecturer in Popular Music

brockem@hope.ac.uk

Tassilo Erhardt

Professor Tassilo Erhardt

Professor of Sacred Music 

erhardt@hope.ac.uk

 Robin Hartwell

Robin Hartwell

Lecturer

hartwer@hope.ac.uk

 0132 Ms Joanna MacGregor

Ms Joanna MacGregor

Professor

macgrej@hope.ac.uk

 John Milsom

Dr John Milsom

Professorial Fellow in Music (Composition)

milsomj@hope.ac.uk

 Chloe Mullet

Chloe Mullett

Lecturer

mulletc@hope.ac.uk

 Ian Percy

Dr Ian Percy

Lecturer

percyi@hope.ac.uk

Stephen Pratt

Professor Stephen Pratt

Professor

pratts@hope.ac.uk 

 alberto sanna

Dr Alberto Sanna

Senior Lecturer

sannaa@hope.ac.uk

 Michael Talbot

Professor Michael Talbot

Visting Professor

talbotj@hope.ac.uk

 David Walters

David Walters

Music Tutor

walterd@hope.ac.uk

 

Instrumental Tutors 

Andrew Roberts Clarinet
Ben Cottrell (RLPO) Sax
Brendan Ball (RLPO) Trumpet
Chris Morely French Horn
David Bridge Guitar
David Walters Piano
Dianne O'Hara Piano
Esther Ingram (RLPO) Flute Tutor
Gethyn Jones (RLPO) Cello
Kate Smith Popular Music Vocal Tutor
Lynne Rogers Vocal Tutor
Mark Taft Guitar
Mike Harvey Percussion
Nick Bhattacharjee Flute Tutor
Paul Thomas Trumpet
Richard Lea Organ
Robin Haggard Tuba
Simon Chappell Trombone
Sophie Coles Violin
Thomas Verity (RLPO) Clarinet
Vanessa Williamson Classical Vocal Tutor

 

Administrative 

010 Mr Mark Pountney

Mr Mark Poutney

Department Administrative Assistant

pountnm@hope.ac.uk