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Department of Music


All SteinwayBased at Liverpool Hope’s Creative Campus, the Music Department boasts teaching and research specialisms in a number of areas. The Department has a number of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

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. 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.

We are housed in the University’s Capstone Building, which is also home to the Capstone Theatre. We are one of only a handful of All-Steinway Music Schools in the UK. We also have specialised teaching spaces, including a suite of electroacoustic facilities, a popular music studies resources centre, and a band room. We own two harpsichords and a chamber organ.

We enjoy a flourishing musical life, with many ensembles and extra-curricular performance opportunities. Students get many performance opportunities, and the Department runs a regular student lunchtime concert series and open-mic nights.

National Student Survey 2017

The National Student Survey ( asks final year students at every publicly funded Higher Education Institution (HEI) in the UK to rate their experience by stating to what extent they agree with a set of core questions across a number of categories.

In this year’s results:

  • 100% of students were satisfied with the teaching on their course for Music at Liverpool Hope University
  • 92.86% of students were satisfied overall with Music at Liverpool Hope University
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Department Staff

Manuella Blackburn

Dr Manuella Blackburn

Senior Lecturer in Music

Dr Mike Brocken

Senior Lecturer in Popular Music

Laura Hamer

Dr Laura Hamer

Senior Research Fellow in Music

Professor John Milsom

Dr John Milsom

Professorial Fellow in Music (Composition)

Dr Ian Percy

Dr Ian Percy

Senior Lecturer in Music

Professor Stephen Pratt

Professor Stephen Pratt

Emeritus Professor of Music

Dr Veronica Skrimsjö

Dr Veronica Skrimsjö

Lecturer in Popular Music

Professor Michael Talbot

Professor Michael Talbot

Visiting Professor of Music

Mr David Walters

David Walters

University Accompanist and Director of Chamber Choir


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