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CMPCP’s research programme featured four complementary projects that fed into a fifth project synthesising their respective outcomes. Together all five explored how knowledge is transformed into practice in musical performance, and vice versa; the ways in which such practice is creative; the status of musical performance as a creative practice in disparate cultures, idioms (e.g. pop/classical) and performance conditions (e.g. solo versus ensemble, or in the practice room, recording studio or concert hall); the roles that diverse participants – including composers, performers, teachers, listeners and producers – play in creating music through, and as, performance; and how the understanding of musical performance as a creative practice challenges the assumptions and premises of a traditional musicology structured around compositions.

  • Creative learning and ‘original’ music performance (John Rink – Cambridge)
  • Creative practice in contemporary concert music (Eric Clarke – Oxford)
  • Global perspectives on the ‘orchestra’ (Tina K. Ramnarine – Royal Holloway)
  • Music as creative practice (Nicholas Cook – Cambridge)
  • Shaping music in performance (Daniel Leech-Wilkinson – King’s College London)