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Dr Paul Archbold appointed Director of the Institute of Musical Research
Dr Paul Archbold has been appointed as the new Director of the Institute of Musical Research (IMR), one of the 10 prestigious Institutes that make up the University of London’s School of Advanced Study.
Dr Archbold, who is currently Reader in Music at the School of Performance and Screen Studies, Kingston University London, will assume the Directorship from 1 August 2011 on secondment.
Professor Roger Kain, Dean and Chief Executive of the School of Advanced Study, said: “The Institute of Musical Research exists to facilitate research in music of all traditions and eras, so I am delighted that Dr Archbold brings with him not only an excellent background in the academic rigours of the subject but also wide-ranging practical experience as a composer.”
Dr Archbold said: “I am delighted to serve the musical community as Director of the IMR. I aim to support and enhance the links between universities, conservatoires, music organisations and broadcasters to help increase the impact and global reach of UK musical research. Our postgraduate students are vital to the intellectual life of our culture, and the IMR’s training programme will continue to support the needs of scholars, performers and composers and encourage multidisciplinary projects.”
Dr Archbold studied at the Royal Academy of Music and gained a doctorate in composition from the University of Durham. He has held lectureships at the universities of Huddersfield and Durham and is Reader in Music at Kingston University London. He was chairman and artistic advisor of the concert series Musicon and is a member of the executive committee of National Association for Music in Higher Education.
Dr Archbold is a composer of works featuring acoustic instruments and live electronics. His compositions have been performed by several of the leading exponents of contemporary music in the UK and broadcast internationally. He has created several contemporary music documentaries with the filmmaker Colin Still including Climbing a Mountain, a film tracing the Arditti Quartet’s preparations for the première of Brian Ferneyhough’s String Quartet no.6
Compositions include: Impacts and Fractures (string quartet), a little night music (oboe and live electronics), Recoil (piano and tape), Fluxions (oboe and ensemble)