Transmitting Musical Heritage

Building relationships between academics and community music groups, the AHRC-funded Transmitting Musical Heritage project is forging new ground in research methods. Drawing on the specialist experience of musicians, promoters and academics, it questions how musical heritage is transmitted through reflective practice.

The research – initiated by Dr Fay Hield – includes a cross-faculty team including the Departments of Education and Music and the School of English. The project will run until February 2014, with a closing event on 17 January 2014, to which you are cordially invited.

The project ran two highly successful co-produced events in September involving over a hundred fiddle players, and premiering new music. The Soundpost Fiddle Weekend drew tutors from across the UK and the USA to explore the ways people teach and learn traditional musics. Over 70 players came to more than 30 workshops and concerts taking place in community buildings around Dungworth, north Sheffield. Several students from the Department of Music were involved as stewards, and 3rd year undergraduate Kate Smith was employed as a student intern, thanks to funding though the Arts Enterprise scheme.

Meanwhile, at Sensoria festival, music was premiered involving musicians from refugee and asylum seeker partner Art on the Run and our own Musician in Residence John Ball. This project explores the negotiations involved when improvising new music in World Music collaborations. Dr Fay Hield initiated the research, which includes a cross-faculty team including the Departments of Education, English and Music.

For more information please contact Fay Hield at or visit the Soundpost or Transmitting Musical Heritage websites.