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15 December 2009
New Performance Studies Network Email Forum
CMPCP recently launched a JISC email forum – PERF-STUD-NET – as part of its Performance Studies Network. To subscribe to the forum, please visit

10 December 2009
Research Associate Posts
CMPCP is appointing two part-time, post-doctoral Research Associates, each of whom will be in post for three years. The first – Research Associate 1 (Quantitative Methods) – will begin on 1 May 2010, and the second – Research Associate 2 (Qualitative Methods) – will commence on 1 July 2010. Both RAs will be part of the project Creative learning and ‘original’ music performance.

9 December 2009
Doctoral Studentships
Two AHRC-funded PhD Studentships at the University of Cambridge are available for full-time doctoral research within CMPCP. A third award is available at King’s College London for doctoral study in music psychology and/or computer visualisation.

26 November 2009
CMPCP Launch
The AHRC Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice (CMPCP) celebrated its launch on 1 October 2009 with a musical evening held on 2 October at the West Road Concert Hall at the University of Cambridge. The evening started with a drinks reception which was attended by approximately 120 guests. This was followed by speeches from Dr Martin Ennis, Chairman of the Faculty Board of Music at the University of Cambridge; Professor Ian Leslie, University of Cambridge Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research; Professor Shearer West, Director of Research at the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC);Professor Nicholas Cook, Director of the AHRC Research Centre for the History and Analysis of Recorded Music (CHARM); and Professor John Rink, CMPCP Director. A performance showcase then took place featuring a range of musicians who have pursued or participated in practice-led research projects funded by the AHRC. The Marmara Piano Trio performed Movement I: Allegro of Beethoven’s Piano Trio Op. 1 No. 1 in E-flat major (1793), and then The Duo Dolan played Olivier Messiaen’s Le Merle Noir (1951). This was followed by two Henry Purcell songs – ‘Tis Nature’s Voice (1692) and Sweeter Than Roses (1695) – performed by Sarah Barnes (soprano) and Erik Dippenaar (harpsichord). The showcase ended with an improvisation on the saxophone by Franziska Schroeder, based on a graphic score by Mark Applebaum ofMedium (2008). After the formal proceedings had ended, guests raised their glasses to the new Research Centre at a dessert reception in the foyer of the Concert Hall.