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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 Music and The Beatles, Popular Music and Society, 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*
     MA Beatles, Popular Music and Society

 *subject to validation

 

Contact us

For further information, please contact the Departmental Office: 

Department of Music 

T: 0151 291 3284 

El: music@hope.ac.uk

 

Research

Hear more about Department research 

Hear Dr Manuella Blackburn talking about the impact of her recent research: 

 

REF 2014

In the most recent research exercises (REF2014), Music was ranked 2nd in the North West after the University of Manchester, 99% of the research activity of this Unit is world-leading or of international quality. 100% of the Impact of this Unit's research was rated as at least internationally excellent.

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 OrchestraEuropean 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. 

Research Seminar series

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. 

Please see details for this term's Research Seminar series below. 

Wednesday 11 February, 4.00pm

CAP009 

Prof Michael Spitzer (University of Liverpool): Analysing Emotion in Bach and Suede

Wednesday 4 March, 4.00pm  CAP009  Prof Harry White (University College Dublin): Undiscovered Country: Editing the Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland
Tuesday 24 March, 4.00pm Grace Room, COR114  Prof Peter Holman MBE: ‘Behold, I tell you a Mystery’: How Handel directed his oratorios
Tuesday 28 April, 1.00pm  CAP009 Dr Heather Monkhouse and Dr Anne-Marie Forbes (University of Tasmania): YouTube, you learn
Wednesday 6 May, 4.00pm  CAP009 Dr Veronica Skrimsjö (Liverpool Hope University): Value in the ‘Worthless’: A Case Study of Easy Listening and Record Collecting

Ensembles and Events

The music department at Liverpool Hope is dedicated to enhancing its students’ musical experiences through both a challenging and diverse academic life and extra-curricular performance opportunities. The broad range of performance opportunities on offer ranges from open-mic nights to the Liverpool Hope Choir and Orchestra. Alongside student performances, the music department invites a range of international performing artists to perform throughout the year and as part of Liverpool Hope University’s annual Cornerstone Arts Festival.

Students and staff from all disciplines are invited to participate in the wide range of musical activities on offer. There are groups catering for all abilities – if you think you might enjoy performing, why not come along and see how you get on? (please contact music@hope.ac.uk for more information).

 

Ensembles

Liverpool Hope Choir

Liverpool Hope Choir

Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 16:00-17:45 at the Creative Campus

Liverpool Hope Choir is open to all without audition, providing singers of varying abilities to perform large-scale choral works to a high standard. The choir is run jointly by Professor Stephen Pratt and Professor Tassilo Erhardt and performs a range of choral works with and without orchestral accompaniment. The choir is compulsory for all first-year music students (unless they are a member of Liverpool Hope Orchestra). In November 2014, the choir performed Haydn’s The Creation as part of the Cornerstone Arts Festival and is now exploring repertoire ranging from Gregorian chant to Henry Purcell.

 

Liverpool Hope Orchestra

Rehearsals: Thursdays, 12.00-2.00pm at the Creative Campus

Led by Dr. Alberto Sanna, Liverpool Hope Orchestra workshops a broad variety of repertoire on a weekly basis. Concentrating on works for large ensembles, including film music and early and contemporary classical works, these workshop sessions aim to develop sight-reading and ensemble performance skills, including playing without a conductor.  The Orchestra also has the opportunity to perform in concerts alongside members of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and with the university choirs. They will perform Mozart’s Grosse Credo Mass K257 with the Chamber Choir later this term. Open to all without audition, the orchestra is compulsory for first-year music students (unless they sing in Liverpool Hope Choir). 

 

 Chamber Choir

Chamber Choir

Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 14:00-17:00 at the Creative Campus

Directed by Philip Duffy, Chamber Choir is the University’s flagship choral group of around 30 singers. The choir specialises in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century music and performs around five times each year, including concerts with professional soloists and players. Membership to the choir is through informal audition. Following a performance dedicated to St. Cecillia and a Christmas concert of music by Praetorius last term, the choir now looks forward to performances of Mozart’s Grosse Credo Mass K257and Misericordias Domini K222.

 

 Voices of Hope 2

Voices of Hope

Voices of Hope was established five years ago by Evgenia Petrenko and is currently directed by Professor Stephen Pratt. The group normally performs as a sextet, one voice to a part. The group explores repertoire including English and Italian Madrigals, popular arrangements and traditional music. Anyone with a good quality voice and some experience in ensemble singing and sight-reading is welcome to get in touch about becoming involved in this project. Please contact Stephen Pratt (pratts@hope.ac.uk) or visit www.vohsingers.com for more information. 

Voices of Hope recently performed on Arts Alive: Music, a programme on Liverpool-based TV channel, Bay TV.

Voices of Hope on Arts Alive: Music

 

 Liverpool Hope Concert Band

University Concert Band

Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 18:00-20:00 at Hope Park

Directed by Anne James, the Hope University Concert Band performs a wide range of music from the traditional wind band repertoire to more contemporary compositions and arrangements of popular pieces. Players are drawn from across the University as well as from the local community and other Universities. All brass and woodwind players of grade 5 standard and above are welcome, and there are also some places available for percussionists.

 

 Hope Park Voices

Hope Park Voices

Rehearsals Mondays, 18:00-19:45

Under the direction of Mary Black, Hope Park Voices performs a broad range of repertoire including African chants, Christmas carols and large-scale choral works. Anyone who is enthusiastic about singing is welcome but notation-reading skills will be an advantage for most pieces. Later this year Hope Park Voices will be attending a Choir Festival in Chester.

 

The University also welcome ideas about student-led ensembles. In the past students have come together to perform in string quartets, wind quintets, jazz ensembles and in the form of Liverpool Hope University Girls’ Choir. If you have any ideas about ensembles you would like to create please contact the departmental administrator Mark Pountney (pountnm@hope.ac.uk).

 

Events

Lunchtime Live

Throughout the year there is a series of lunchtime concerts at 13:00 in the Capstone Theatre (see dates below). Though these concerts are primarily intended for performances by music students, they are open to students from other disciplines with prior arrangement. For more information, please contact payneh@hope.ac.uk

Friday 20 February

Friday 6 March

Friday 27 March

Friday 24 April

Friday 8 May

 

Open-Mic Nights

Open Mic is a free event open to all, music students and non-music students alike. The only requirement is that you don’t use backing tracks, unless you have made them yourself.

The set-up available for your use includes PA system, drums, weighted piano keyboard and amplifiers. Please note that guitar, bass guitars, jack leads and drum sticks are not provided so please come prepared. This term Open Mic will take place on the following dates (times to be confirmed). For more information please contact Chloë Mullett (mulletc@hope.ac.uk).

Tuesday 10 Feb

Tuesday 3 March 

Tuesday 24 March 

 

Cornerstone Arts Festival

Established in 2001 under the directorship of Professor Stephen Pratt, Cornerstone Arts Festival is an annual celebration of the work done at Liverpool Hope University’s beautiful Creative Campus. Bringing together students, staff visiting academics and performers, the Festival explores the relevance of the creative and performing arts in contemporary society. Through an intense programme of performances, lectures and workshops, the Festival encourages new talent and gives students the opportunity to perform alongside and to engage with international performing artists and academics. Over its fourteen-year history, The Festival has enjoyed a wealth of contributions from artists and partners such as Joanna MacGregor, the Limon Dance Company from New York,  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Milapfest, the European Opera Centre, Company Chameleon and Holly Baxter, regular contributor to the Guardian. Cornerstone Festival also gives staff the opportunity to exhibit their research activity such as Professor Simon Piasecki’s recent performance of Flight to Arras and, current Artist Director, Dr. Alberto Sanna’s work with Italian and Indian ensembles Gli Archi del Cherubino and Tarang.

Cornerstone Arts Festival 2015 will run from Friday 20 to Saturday 28 November.

For more information please visit www.hope.ac.uk/cornerstonefestival

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. You can find more subject specific information in our 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. Upcoming Open Days include Wednesday 24th June, Saturday 27th June, Saturday 12th September, Saturday 3rd October and Saturday 24th October.

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 for all students following the performance course, 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. The music department also houses a suite of sound-proofed practice rooms as well as two harpsichords and a chamber organ.

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 (RLPO) 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 (RLPO) Tuba
Simon Chappell (RLPO) Trombone
Sophie Coles (RLPO) 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 Music and The Beatles, Popular Music and Society, 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*
     MA Beatles, Popular Music and Society

 *subject to validation

 

Contact us

For further information, please contact the Departmental Office: 

Department of Music 

T: 0151 291 3284 

El: music@hope.ac.uk

 

Research

Hear more about Department research 

Hear Dr Manuella Blackburn talking about the impact of her recent research: 

 

REF 2014

In the most recent research exercises (REF2014), Music was ranked 2nd in the North West after the University of Manchester, 99% of the research activity of this Unit is world-leading or of international quality. 100% of the Impact of this Unit's research was rated as at least internationally excellent.

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 OrchestraEuropean 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. 

Research Seminar series

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. 

Please see details for this term's Research Seminar series below. 

Wednesday 11 February, 4.00pm

CAP009 

Prof Michael Spitzer (University of Liverpool): Analysing Emotion in Bach and Suede

Wednesday 4 March, 4.00pm  CAP009  Prof Harry White (University College Dublin): Undiscovered Country: Editing the Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland
Tuesday 24 March, 4.00pm Grace Room, COR114  Prof Peter Holman MBE: ‘Behold, I tell you a Mystery’: How Handel directed his oratorios
Tuesday 28 April, 1.00pm  CAP009 Dr Heather Monkhouse and Dr Anne-Marie Forbes (University of Tasmania): YouTube, you learn
Wednesday 6 May, 4.00pm  CAP009 Dr Veronica Skrimsjö (Liverpool Hope University): Value in the ‘Worthless’: A Case Study of Easy Listening and Record Collecting

Ensembles and Events

The music department at Liverpool Hope is dedicated to enhancing its students’ musical experiences through both a challenging and diverse academic life and extra-curricular performance opportunities. The broad range of performance opportunities on offer ranges from open-mic nights to the Liverpool Hope Choir and Orchestra. Alongside student performances, the music department invites a range of international performing artists to perform throughout the year and as part of Liverpool Hope University’s annual Cornerstone Arts Festival.

Students and staff from all disciplines are invited to participate in the wide range of musical activities on offer. There are groups catering for all abilities – if you think you might enjoy performing, why not come along and see how you get on? (please contact music@hope.ac.uk for more information).

 

Ensembles

Liverpool Hope Choir

Liverpool Hope Choir

Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 16:00-17:45 at the Creative Campus

Liverpool Hope Choir is open to all without audition, providing singers of varying abilities to perform large-scale choral works to a high standard. The choir is run jointly by Professor Stephen Pratt and Professor Tassilo Erhardt and performs a range of choral works with and without orchestral accompaniment. The choir is compulsory for all first-year music students (unless they are a member of Liverpool Hope Orchestra). In November 2014, the choir performed Haydn’s The Creation as part of the Cornerstone Arts Festival and is now exploring repertoire ranging from Gregorian chant to Henry Purcell.

 

Liverpool Hope Orchestra

Rehearsals: Thursdays, 12.00-2.00pm at the Creative Campus

Led by Dr. Alberto Sanna, Liverpool Hope Orchestra workshops a broad variety of repertoire on a weekly basis. Concentrating on works for large ensembles, including film music and early and contemporary classical works, these workshop sessions aim to develop sight-reading and ensemble performance skills, including playing without a conductor.  The Orchestra also has the opportunity to perform in concerts alongside members of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and with the university choirs. They will perform Mozart’s Grosse Credo Mass K257 with the Chamber Choir later this term. Open to all without audition, the orchestra is compulsory for first-year music students (unless they sing in Liverpool Hope Choir). 

 

 Chamber Choir

Chamber Choir

Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 14:00-17:00 at the Creative Campus

Directed by Philip Duffy, Chamber Choir is the University’s flagship choral group of around 30 singers. The choir specialises in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century music and performs around five times each year, including concerts with professional soloists and players. Membership to the choir is through informal audition. Following a performance dedicated to St. Cecillia and a Christmas concert of music by Praetorius last term, the choir now looks forward to performances of Mozart’s Grosse Credo Mass K257and Misericordias Domini K222.

 

 Voices of Hope 2

Voices of Hope

Voices of Hope was established five years ago by Evgenia Petrenko and is currently directed by Professor Stephen Pratt. The group normally performs as a sextet, one voice to a part. The group explores repertoire including English and Italian Madrigals, popular arrangements and traditional music. Anyone with a good quality voice and some experience in ensemble singing and sight-reading is welcome to get in touch about becoming involved in this project. Please contact Stephen Pratt (pratts@hope.ac.uk) or visit www.vohsingers.com for more information. 

Voices of Hope recently performed on Arts Alive: Music, a programme on Liverpool-based TV channel, Bay TV.

Voices of Hope on Arts Alive: Music

 

 Liverpool Hope Concert Band

University Concert Band

Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 18:00-20:00 at Hope Park

Directed by Anne James, the Hope University Concert Band performs a wide range of music from the traditional wind band repertoire to more contemporary compositions and arrangements of popular pieces. Players are drawn from across the University as well as from the local community and other Universities. All brass and woodwind players of grade 5 standard and above are welcome, and there are also some places available for percussionists.

 

 Hope Park Voices

Hope Park Voices

Rehearsals Mondays, 18:00-19:45

Under the direction of Mary Black, Hope Park Voices performs a broad range of repertoire including African chants, Christmas carols and large-scale choral works. Anyone who is enthusiastic about singing is welcome but notation-reading skills will be an advantage for most pieces. Later this year Hope Park Voices will be attending a Choir Festival in Chester.

 

The University also welcome ideas about student-led ensembles. In the past students have come together to perform in string quartets, wind quintets, jazz ensembles and in the form of Liverpool Hope University Girls’ Choir. If you have any ideas about ensembles you would like to create please contact the departmental administrator Mark Pountney (pountnm@hope.ac.uk).

 

Events

Lunchtime Live

Throughout the year there is a series of lunchtime concerts at 13:00 in the Capstone Theatre (see dates below). Though these concerts are primarily intended for performances by music students, they are open to students from other disciplines with prior arrangement. For more information, please contact payneh@hope.ac.uk

Friday 20 February

Friday 6 March

Friday 27 March

Friday 24 April

Friday 8 May

 

Open-Mic Nights

Open Mic is a free event open to all, music students and non-music students alike. The only requirement is that you don’t use backing tracks, unless you have made them yourself.

The set-up available for your use includes PA system, drums, weighted piano keyboard and amplifiers. Please note that guitar, bass guitars, jack leads and drum sticks are not provided so please come prepared. This term Open Mic will take place on the following dates (times to be confirmed). For more information please contact Chloë Mullett (mulletc@hope.ac.uk).

Tuesday 10 Feb

Tuesday 3 March 

Tuesday 24 March 

 

Cornerstone Arts Festival

Established in 2001 under the directorship of Professor Stephen Pratt, Cornerstone Arts Festival is an annual celebration of the work done at Liverpool Hope University’s beautiful Creative Campus. Bringing together students, staff visiting academics and performers, the Festival explores the relevance of the creative and performing arts in contemporary society. Through an intense programme of performances, lectures and workshops, the Festival encourages new talent and gives students the opportunity to perform alongside and to engage with international performing artists and academics. Over its fourteen-year history, The Festival has enjoyed a wealth of contributions from artists and partners such as Joanna MacGregor, the Limon Dance Company from New York,  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Milapfest, the European Opera Centre, Company Chameleon and Holly Baxter, regular contributor to the Guardian. Cornerstone Festival also gives staff the opportunity to exhibit their research activity such as Professor Simon Piasecki’s recent performance of Flight to Arras and, current Artist Director, Dr. Alberto Sanna’s work with Italian and Indian ensembles Gli Archi del Cherubino and Tarang.

Cornerstone Arts Festival 2015 will run from Friday 20 to Saturday 28 November.

For more information please visit www.hope.ac.uk/cornerstonefestival

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. You can find more subject specific information in our 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. Upcoming Open Days include Wednesday 24th June, Saturday 27th June, Saturday 12th September, Saturday 3rd October and Saturday 24th October.

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 for all students following the performance course, 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. The music department also houses a suite of sound-proofed practice rooms as well as two harpsichords and a chamber organ.

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 (RLPO) 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 (RLPO) Tuba
Simon Chappell (RLPO) Trombone
Sophie Coles (RLPO) 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