Music Research MPhil/PhD, option of joint PhD with HKU
My PhD research, funded by the AHRC, focuses on the fifteen months the Mozart family spent in London from 1764-1765. Using a variety of sources such as letters, memoirs, portraits, society subscription lists and ephemera, I aim to analyse the broader social and cultural networks the family engaged with during their stay, concentrating primarily on their interactions with non-musical circles. I will consider how Leopold formed these networks, how they functioned, and the interrelationships among them in an effort to ascertain how the Mozarts’ musical activities intersected with wider intellectual circles; whether this affects existing views of their European tour; and the possible implications this may have for current perceptions of eighteenth-century musical life in London as well as Mozart biography.
King's is the ideal location to undertake this kind of project, not least because many of the institutions central to my research – the British Museum, British Library, the Royal Society of Arts, National Portrait Gallery and many other London-based archives – are within walking distance of the Strand campus.
Studying in the Music Department allows me to be part of an excellent centre for eighteenth-century music research, and there are a number of exciting interdisciplinary projects, either within or connected to King's, that are relevant to my studies, such as Strandlines
, In Mozart's Words, and the new Music in London 1800-1851
Having completed both my BMus and MA in Eighteenth-Century Studies
at King's, I was convinced that it was the best place for me to continue my postgraduate studies. I have found the level of support and supervision from the staff excellent throughout my time here, and the weekly department colloquia provide frequent opportunities for interaction with external speakers, music-department staff and other research students. Termly student conferences organised within the music department, and chances to become teaching assistants for undergraduate courses, give students many opportunities to develop valuable professional skills in a friendly, constructive environment.