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Dr Sophie Redfern

Dr Sophie Redfern

  • Academics

Lecturer in Music (Academic Education Pathway)

Research subject areas

  • Arts

Contact details


I joined King's in September 2022 and combine this post with a teaching position at the University of Nottingham and tutor role with the Open College of the Arts. I have previously taught at the University of Sheffield and Liverpool Hope University, and spent a number of enjoyable years as a Research Assistant at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. In addition to my academic work, I am Curator for the European Opera Centre.

Research interests and PhD supervision

  • 20th-century music
  • Ballet and music theatre
  • North American music, especially Leonard Bernstein

My expertise is in 20th-century music and dance. Recent research has focused on the music and theatrical collaborations of Leonard Bernstein, American ballet, opera, musicals, the music of Aaron Copland, and music criticism.

Selected publications

Bernstein and Robbins: The Early Ballets (Rochester University Press, 2021), 323pp. 

33 entries on dance, dancers, and choreographers in The Cambridge Stravinsky Encyclopedia, ed. Edward Campbell and Peter O'Hagan (Cambridge University Press, 2021).

'Old Divisions and New Debates: Music Criticism in Postwar America,' in The Cambridge History of Music Criticism, ed. Christopher Dingle (Cambridge University Press, 2019), 671–94.


I am an experienced teacher having taught on more than 30 modules at five institutions over the past decade. At King's I teach courses covering 19th and 20th-century music history and supervise research projects at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.