Externally Funded Research Projects

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Funded Research Projects at Guildhall

Collaboration is at the heart of the Guildhall School’s research. Our research projects include partnerships with the Barbican, the V&A Museum, and the National Opera Studio, as we work to ensure that our research projects have a strong beneficial impact on society and the creative industries.

The Guildhall School’s position as a conservatoire makes it an ideal environment for creative, innovative research. Our researchers are experienced academics and practitioners who are dedicated to the development of new understanding and knowledge. We invite researchers to contact us if they wish to work with us on future projects.

The school’s research projects produce academic papers, but they also result in scores, performances, and recordings. Our Research Repository provides free access to many of the School’s research outputs, or you can visit our project pages for more information about our on-going work.

Funded Research Projects at Guildhall

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The Operatic Canon

Bringing together academic and industry thinkers for a focused conversation about the emergence, evolution, history, and future of the operatic canon.

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Finding a Voice

Encouraging people who ‘don't sing’ in specially-designed programmes in order to understand the journeys adult non-singers take in learning to sing, and the ways they can be supported through a combination of psychological, educational, and artistic research.

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Aeriel: Aesthetic Research in Everyday Life

Addressing the impact of reduced resourcing in care homes on the relationship between the carer and the cared-for through highlighting non-verbal interaction in everyday situations, using music as a tool.

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The Phantom on Film

Mapping the mechanisms and extent of cultural transfer represented by the 50+ film reinterpretations and rearticulations of Gaston Leroux’s novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra.

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Music for Social Impact

Assisting people to generate artistically valued musical outputs, while also helping them to achieve defined social goals such as inclusion, empowerment, community building, activism.

Raising a Voice

Raising a Voice

Using choral singing to challenge how we think about climate culture.