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Julia Perry In Focus

We’re thrilled to celebrate the work of American composer Julia Perry. Part of our In Focus series, we’ll be delving into her remarkable life and catalogue of music across a week of performances and talks.

In 2021, Professor in Singing Michael Harper was one of seven researchers awarded a grant by BBC Radio 3 and the Arts and Humanities Research Council to celebrate work of ethnically diverse composers from history. He’ll be leading the way, sharing his research and insight, as our students and alumni bring Julia’s works to life.

Julia Perry was an exceptional and talented mid-twentieth century composer who achieved greatness in a world not moulded in her image. Challenging the boundaries, she developed a body of works expressing her uncompromising individual, lyrical, and modernist musical voice. With much of her oeuvre still unpublished and unperformed, her true impact is still yet to be realised.’ – Michael Harper