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  • Gresham Professorship

    I am excited and honoured to be appointed the 37th Gresham Professor of Music, and the rich opportunity to share music knowledge it affords. This is a post that has been running since 1597 – offering (thanks to the will of Thomas Gresham) free public lectures to all – and to inherit the professorship from…


  • Consonance & Dissonance

    Lecture 4 of the Nature of Music Gresham Lecture Series. (Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)


  • The Art & Science of Tuning

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  • The Poetry of Prediction

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  • Why Music Moves Us

    The first of the 6-part Gresham College Lecture Series, delivered at LSO St. Luke’s, Sep 14 2023. Now on YouTube. Transcript. (Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)


  • Musical Chills & Pains

    How is music able to convey and trigger such range and depth of emotion? Why does it elicit joy, sorrow, consolation and the chills? Employing research and theoretical models from neuroscience, psychology and musicology, we examine the extraordinary ways that primal and conditioned listening combine to such complex emotive effect. Examples from pop, jazz, rock,…


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