Hub for Artistic Research in Performance (HARP)

HARP aims to promote artistic research in performance across all areas of performance and pedagogy at the RNCM, working with staff and students in all programmes and fostering research links with external organisations.

Building on our growing number of research degree students in performance, HARP seeks to spotlight the existing strengths of the College while encouraging new collaborations, sponsoring training events and research-led performance projects.

HARP was delighted to host the RNCM’s first international conference focussing on artistic research into performance from June 28 – 29, 2018, featuring invited presentations and performances by artistic researchers. 47 presenters representing 30 conservatoires and universities from around the world attended. More information on the programme from June can be found here.

A pianist, clarinettist, and cellist perform together in the RNCM theatre.

The HARP Team

David Horne

Dr David Horne

Director of HARP, composer, pianist and Head of Graduate School RNCM

John Miller

Professor John Miller

Trumpeter, former Head of School of Wind, Brass and Percussion RNCM

Adam Swayne

Dr Adam Swayne

Pianist, composer and Lecturer in Music RNCM

Luk Vaes

Dr Luk Vaes

Pianist, Research Fellow and docARTES co-ordinator, Orpheus Instituut, Belgium

Sarah Watts

Dr Sarah Watts

Bass clarinettist, RNCM and University of Sheffield


For further information or to get in touch, please contact [email protected]

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