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Heather Wiebe joined the department at King’s in 2013. Previously Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia (2008-2012) and a fellow in the Michigan Society of Fellows (University of Michigan, 2005-2008), she completed her Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley in 2005.  She is a specialistin the musical culture of the mid-twentieth century, especially in Britain, exploring questions of memory, feeling, and art’s political efficacy. More broadly, her work has been concerned with opera from the nineteenth century to the present; medievalism and revivals of early music in the twentieth century; and issues of ritual and theatricality in music’s production of citizenship and community. She is the author of Britten’s Unquiet Pasts: Sound and Memory in Postwar Reconstruction (Cambridge, 2012), and was awarded a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship for her project Mobilizing Music in Wartime British Film, forthcoming from Oxford University Press.

Research Interests and PhD supervision

  • 20th-century art music
  • Memory, medievalism, early music revivals
  • Opera and theatre studies
  • British cultural studies

Heather particularly welcomes PhD students in the areas of modernism and experimentalism; 20th-21st-century opera; musical culture of the mid-20th century; and 20th-century engagements with early music.For more details, please see her full research profile.


20th-century music, modernism, opera, film music

Expertise and Public Engagement

Heather regularly gives public lectures, pre-concert talks and radio presentations on Britten, contemporary British music and 20th-century opera.