History without royalty? Queen and the strata of the popular music canon

My article, ‘History without royalty?  Queen and the strata of the popular music canon’, published in Popular Music (32.3), investigates canonisation processes in popular music, using Queen as a case study.  The ‘popular music canon’ has been discussed in popular music studies for over a decade now, and canonisation is not always welcome.…


‘We are here to salute the Red Army’: Basil Dean and His Russian Adventures

The latest issue of Theatre Survey includes an article by Dr Claire Warden entitled ‘“We are here to salute the Red Army”: Basil Dean and His Russian Adventures’.


Curriculum writing in music education: who’s in control?

This blogpost was adapted from Regina Murphy and Martin Fautley’s Editorial of British Journal of Music Education 30/3. We write curriculum documents that are full of good intentions – ambitious musical aims, the highest educational aspirations and holistic principles that place the learner at the centre.…


Performance and the Everyday

This blogpost is adapted from Charlotte Canning’s Editorial of the latest issue of Theatre Research International (TRI). Where do the limits of performance and everyday life intersect?…


Bringing Ancient Greek Drama to Life (Part Two): What’s ‘knock-knock’ in Ancient Greek?

As the second of two features marking Cambridge University Press’ sponsorship of the Cambridge Greek Play 2013, Dr Oliver Thomas, incoming Editor of The Cambridge Classical Journal, considers some of the ways of translating (and not translating) an ancient Greek play to keep it amusing.


Bringing Ancient Greek Drama to Life

‘All human skills are from Prometheus’..or so Prometheus claims in the ancient Greek tragedy Prometheus Bound.  As the first of two features marking Cambridge University Press’ sponsorship of the Cambridge Greek Play 2013, Dr Oliver Thomas, incoming Editor of The Cambridge Classical Journal, explores the enduring fascination of the figure of Prometheus.


Theatre and the Arab Spring

This blogpost was adapted from guest Editors Hazem Azmy and Marvin Carlson’s introduction to a special issue of Theatre Research International entitled ‘Theatre and the Arab Spring.’ More than a year and half ago, when we started conceptualizing a collection of essays on theatre and the Arab Spring, we were occasionally greeted with a measure of scepticism from those who thought that the developing situation in the region was far more reminiscent of a bleak winter than any spring of hope.…


The Pedagogy of Electroacoustic Music

This blogpost was adapted from guest Editor Mary Simoni’s introduction to a special issue of Organised Sound entitled ‘Best Practices in the Pedagogy of Electroacoustic Music and its Technology.’ The twenty-first century has ushered in an energised and prolific period in music history with the global creation and dissemination of music.…