PG Research Student Profiles

Browse our current Postgraduate Research Students below and find out more about the projects they are working on

Our other MPhil/PhD students are Elspeth Brooke, Simon Callaghan, Caroline Clegg, Harvey Davies, Silvia Lucas Rodriguez, Keith Phillips, Nellinne Ranaweera, Amir Sadeghi and Aled Smith. For a list of those who have successfully completed PhDs at the RNCM since the programme commenced in 2009, see our PG Research Alumni page.

Anna Appleby

Anna is composing an opera in collaboration with poet Niall Campbell for performance by the BBC Philharmonic. Composer […]

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Isabel Benito Gutiérrez

Isabel is working towards a PhD in composition at the RNCM, researching about the connection between music and […]

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Simon Callaghan

Roger Sacheverell Coke (1912-72) Simon’s research is centred around the life and music of Derbyshire composer Roger Sacheverell Coke […]

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Mark Dyer

Ruin depiction and aesthetics are commonly explored within archaeology, literary theory and the visual arts. Through his research, […]

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Davide Sciacca

Davide’s research examines early 19th century guitar repertoire inspired by the operas of Sicilian composer Vincenzo Bellini. This […]

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Molly Marsh

Molly is a PhD student in music psychology. Her research looks at musicians’ wellbeing and the role of education in reducing […]

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Jack Adler-McKean

Towards a comprehensive tuba performance practice The development of a musical instrument requires both a reflexive, critical evaluation […]

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Tywi Roberts

Tywi’s current research project is focused around mapping the methodologies of digital composition over to the acoustic space, […]

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Alex Webb

Alex is currently conducting research into British Light Music; in particular the contributions made by Ernest Tomlinson (1924-2015). […]

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Caroline Bordignon

Caroline’s research involves collaboration between fine art and music with a focus on composition and painting. Caroline began her studies […]

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Bofan Ma

Bofan has long believed in the charm of live concert performances. He regards the intricate entanglement between sound […]

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David Cane

Representations of disability in post-war British opera David’s research, aligning itself with the emerging interdisciplinary field of enquiry, […]

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Maria Stratigou

Maria’s research aims to highlight and explore the piano Etudes of Louise Farrenc, a composer, performer, pedagogue and researcher, […]

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Harvey Davies

Harvey is undertaking a large-scale project to make the world première recordings of much of the chamber music […]

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Nellinne Ranaweera

Nellinne is currently a PhD candidate in Music Psychology at the RNCM.  Her research interests include music, health […]

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Jo-Yee Cheung

Jo is an RNCM-funded music education researcher looking at the role of parents in the development of metacognition in […]

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Rob Laidlow

Robert’s work involves developing creative tools and methodologies for composers, based on artificial intelligence, and collaborating with leading […]

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Jason Alder

Jason’s research focuses on the sonic possibilities of the contrabass clarinet, explored through composer-performer collaboration He’s also investigating […]

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Simon Knighton

Simon’s research will investigate the area of acoustic instrumentation plus electronics and will tackle the issue of the […]

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Ellen Sargen

Ellen’s research addresses ongoing shifts in the creative distribution between composer and performer A composer who predominantly works […]

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Anna Wright

The supporters and benefactors of the Royal Manchester College of Music (RMCM): musical patronage and philanthropy in Manchester, […]

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Jennie Hartley

Jennie’s research into music education looks at composition in the higher key stages of secondary schools, with particular […]

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David Bainbridge

Hegemony/electronic mediation David’s project is a study of the political category of hegemony, and of mediation via electronic tele-communications […]

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Elspeth Brooke

The Application of Cinematographic Techniques and Aesthetics of Proximity and Perspective to Musical Composition In the first year […]

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Kerry Baldwin

The influence of Berio’s Sequenza V on trombone repertoire and technique: Performances and thesis Kerry’s research project is in […]

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Rachel Johnson

Musical networks in early-Victorian Manchester, 1836-1860 Rachel is investigating musical life in early-Victorian Manchester, identifying what musical activity […]

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Zakiya Leeming

Portfolio of compositions: Naturally occurring patterns and concepts

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Lucy Pankhurst

Portfolio of compositions: The un-tapped textural potential of the brass band through contemporary music I’m currently working on […]

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