Postgraduate Workshops, Lectures and Seminars
John Bird Lectures
The School of Music organises a series of lectures and seminars at which students and staff exchange experiences and views on research and compositional topics. The main series is called the John Bird Lectures, named after one of the School's benefactors. These colloquia take place four or five times during each semester and include distinguished guest lecturers from the UK and abroad as well as staff and postgraduate research students from the School of Music in Cardiff. All postgraduate students are expected to attend.
Visit the News & Events section for John Bird Lectures listings.
The School of Music organises an innovative programme of workshops for its thriving composition programme (in the current year, there are 18 final-year undergraduates taking Composition options, 6 MMus and 10 PhD students in Composition). These workshops are usually led by visiting composers (including Simon Bainbridge, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Judith Weir) or by visiting ensembles before or after their Tuesday Evening concert. There is also a continuing cooperation with the BBC National Orchestral of Wales (see the Composition Workshops below). Student compositions are rehearsed and recorded at these workshops, providing constructive feedback as well as a recorded document of completed works or works in progress.
All postgraduate students also participate in weekly seminars organised by Professor Tyrrell and Professor Powers. Postgraduates discuss research issues and are invited to give presentations on their own research or compositions. These seminars are also business meetings at which practical matters concerning postgraduate study with the School may be raised.
Special seminars and workshops are also often organised as part of more extended stays by visiting scholars and composers.