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.

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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Anna Wright

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

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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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Jessica Beck

The Women Musicians at South Place Ethical Society Jessica’s research is based on the South Place Ethical Society archives, […]

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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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Karin Greenhead

Dalcroze Eurhythmics and Dynamic Rehearsal techniques: Reflections on practice Karin’s general research aims are to investigate and begin to […]

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Bruno Heinen

Practice based PhD: Counterpoint in jazz piano with specific relation to the solo work of Fred Hersch Bruno […]

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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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