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Dr J B Williams BA (Hons) MSc PhD PGCertHE FHEA

Senior Lecturer in Therapeutic Arts (Music)
BM302, Britannia Mill
University of Derby
DE22 3BL
[email protected] 


The Musicology Research Team comprises both early-career music scholars and academics, and young professionals, all in/from a range of music-based fields, disciplines, practices and backgrounds. MRJ was co-founded by Dr James Williams (Principal Editor, University of Derby) and Dr Sarah Hall (Associate Editor, University of Leeds). MRJ is supported by an Editorial Board of 16 members, and an Assistant Editor.

James is a Senior Lecturer in Therapeutic Arts (Music) at the University of Derby where he teaches musicology, composition, improvisation and performance. He previously lectured in Music Composition for four years at the University of Hertfordshire.

James studied music at the University of Bristol and at the University of Edinburgh before moving to the University of Wolverhampton to read for a doctorate funded by a Dean's scholarship award. James's research interests focus on an anthropology of music, investigating the behavioural, social, creative and collaborative processes behind music. His research rests on ethnomusicological methodologies and socio-cultural modes of music analysis, exploring notational, improvisational, and electronic/electroacoustic technological practices in music. Since his PhD, James has embarked on a new research project exploring an ethnomusicology of online music-based social media: themes include virals, memes, politics and online behaviour/culture.
Dr James Williams
Principal Editor​​
Sarah is currently finalising her PhD at the University of Leeds, having previously studied in music at Durham University and the University of Edinburgh. Her doctoral research is part of a wider AHRC-funded project investigating the recently donated film and television music archives of Trevor Jones. Her thesis focuses on Jones's television music, exploring how his musical and industrial scoring practices differ across multiple industries, technologies and television programme types. She is particularly interested in how different types of television programme affect the composition process (such as mini-series, series and made-for-television films), and how these unique donated archival materials (both audio and textual) can inform this research.

Sarah also teaches part-time at the University of Leeds.
Dr Sarah Hall
Associate Editor
Asma completed her BA in Film and Television studies at the University of East Anglia. During her Bachelor’s degree programme, Asma's interest in feminist and gender studies grew within the field of Media. Her interests are varied but among others, she is passionate about music, gender studies and music psychology. Due to her interest in gender studies, Asma based her dissertation on the Muslim woman, examining the representation of the veil in the British tabloid newspaper, The Sun. Asma is currently completing her MA in New Media at the University of Leeds. Before attending University, Asma worked at Pearson Publishing as a typesetter and designer, where she worked on GCSE and A-level exam papers, as well as some in-house design projects.

Asma Mohseni
Assistant Editor
Editorial Board
Dr Caroline Waddington-Jones
Caroline is a performer and music psychologist with research interests in music performance and education. She is a lecturer in music at the University of Hull, and also lectures in music and therapeutic arts at the University of Derby. Her current research, in collaboration with Dr Andrew King, examines the perceived impact of various music projects connected to Hull's City of Culture year on different local communities. Caroline recently co-edited a volume on Music and Empathy research for Routledge with Dr Elaine King. She also works as a professional clarinettist and SEND music practitioner.
Dr Samuel Horlor
Samuel Horlor holds a PhD from Durham University, and he currently teaches there in ethnomusicology and popular music. His research examines street music performances in China, and has considered these events’ relationships with the city environment through analyzing convergences of social, sonic, and other material characteristics. He was an Institute of Musical Research Early Career Fellow 2016-17.


Dr Stephen Wilford
Stephen is a Research Associate at the Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge and is part of the team working on the European Research Council-funded project ‘Past and Present Musical Encounters across the Strait of Gibraltar’. He studied at the University of Aberdeen, Leeds College of Music, and Goldsmiths, University of London, before completing his AHRC-funded PhD at City, University of London, with a thesis focussing upon music-making among the Algerian diaspora community of London. He has taught at City, University of London, the University of Southampton and Goldsmiths, University of London.
Rosario Mawby
Rosario Mawby BA (Hons), MA, gained an MA in Performance at the contemporary conservatoire, Leeds College of Music. She is now undertaking research specialising in popular music and performance at University of Salford. She is a performer, vocal coach, musical director, entrepreneur, and lecturer. Her research area looks at assessment within higher education, with a particular focus on assessment strategies in popular music pedagogy. She has recently written an article for the British Voice Association (where she is also a member), published in October 2015.
Dr Emma Sharpe
Emma graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from Loughborough University in 2011. Following this, she went on to complete both an MRes in 2012 and PhD in 2015. She joined the University of Derby as a Lecturer in Psychology in October 2015, having previously worked as a University Teacher at Loughborough University.
Dr Kingsley Marshall
Kingsley's academic research primarily orientates around the use of sound (including music and effects) in cinema and television. His practice is centered on the relationship between sound design and music composition for film, and the production of short and micro-budget feature films. Kingsley is Head of Film at the CILECT accredited School of Film & Television, based within Falmouth University, UK.
Dr Gemma Collard-Stokes
Gemma is a Research Fellow with the College of Health and Social Care Research Centre at the University of Derby. Her research interests consist of dance history, particularly the development of post 1960s British New Dance, contemporary performance practices, therapeutic applications of dance and creative writing, maternity care and women's mental health, radical arts and public mental health and disability dance. She previously lectured on the Dance and Professional Practice course at Coventry University, where teaching contextual studies and critical theory. She also lectured in Musical Theatre at the University of Wolverhampton, teaching critical theory, choreography, performance, contemporary and jazz technique.
Dr Sarah Mawby
Sarah completed her PhD at the University of Leeds, exploring how various stakeholders describe and enact 'best practice' in music education for disabled children and young people attending English special schools. She was awarded an Early Career Research Fellowship at the Institute of Musical Research (IMR) in 2017-2018 and has served on the Music Education Council's (MEC) special interest group in music education and additional needs (AN)/special educational needs and disability (SEND) since 2014. She recently chaired the organisation team for an international summit event on music and disability studies: Cripping the Muse. This two-day summit brought together researchers in a variety of fields relating to music and disability.

Dr Yoon Irons
Yoon is a singer and qualified music therapist. Her research has focused on using singing to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of people with chronic health conditions and disabilities. Her past and current research projects include singing interventions for children with cystic fibrosis, and adults with chronic pain, Parkinson’s, Aphasia and spinal cord injuries. She has published in international peer-reviewed journals, including Cochrane Systematic Reviews. Currently, she is a senior research fellow at the Centre of Excellence in Arts in Health, University of Derby (UK) and an adjunct research fellow at the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre, Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia.
Dr Lucy Ann Harrison
Lucy completed her PhD in Composition at Royal Holloway, having previously read at Durham University. Her research investigates new techniques for audience engagement through interactive sound art. Lucy's practice focuses on the use of new technology and electronics, and through this she creates interactive installations, sound for theatre and standalone soundscapes. Her approach to sound is influenced by the work of Delia Derbyshire and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Stockhausen and Trevor Wishart. Recent work includes ‘Let’s Build a Fort!’, in East London and a motion sensitive sound installation for Girlguiding’s 2014 World Thinking Day event at Alexandra Palace.
Vincent Webb
Vince is a composer and sound designer who brings his classical training to a variety of modern media. He recently composed the score for Esper 2, a virtual reality game featuring Nick Frost. In advertising he has composed for many household brands including Disney, Lynx, and The National Lottery. In TV, his music regularly appears on flagship network programmes such as 'Top Gear' and 'The Jeremy Kyle Show'. He wrote the title theme for BT Sport's regular, 'Last Week, This Week' and the closing credits theme for 'Stephen Fry: Gadgetman' (Sprout Pictures).
Dr Daniel Wilson
Daniel is a composer and musicologist based in Cambridge. He received his PhD from the University of Leeds in 2014 which discussed the relationship between noise and being through the thinking of Alain Badiou. His writing focuses on the noise musics of Japan and the UK, though he also writes about contemporary music and is currently working on a piece about the music of Klaus Lang. He is particularly interested in writings on the aesthetics of music since 1980. Daniel is also an active composer. His music has been performed in the UK, Europe, and the US. A new work for bass koto will be premiered in Japan in 2016.
Jamie Wilson
Jamie is an active composer and performer with particular specialisms in orchestration and arrangement. Additionally Jamie is a professional with many years experience in contemporary film scoring and popular culture music  arrangements. Jamie arranges string sections for bands for multiple recording studios, and also has several credits for short films, commercials and animations. These include commissions on an international scale for independent film studios and retailers. He also has multiple commissions annually for concert works from various ensembles, orchestras, and quartets. Jamie performs a variety of repertoire for cello and saxophone, and has over a decade's worth of commercial and  record label music industry experience. 
Dr Alannah Halay
Alannah read for a PhD in Composition at the University of Leeds. Her research investigates the concept of the ‘avant garde’ in Western Art Music and whether it is capable of ‘going beyond’ itself in the current epoch. As well as performing her own music as a multi-instrumentalist and improviser, Alannah writes for other performers and specialist ‘new music’ ensembles. Her music has been performed in England, Poland, and The Netherlands; in the ‘Centre Stage’ concert series and the ‘Leeds Lieder+’ song festival; by Trio Layers, Notes Inégales, LSTwo ensemble, Discord, percussion ensembles of the Musikhochschule Freiburg and the University of Leeds, the Yorkshire Young Sinfonia, and others. In 2015, she was winner of the Yorkshire Young Sinfonia Composition Competition, and her composition Parallax Error (2014) for any four-string bowed instrument was selected for the 2015 Gaudeamus Muziekweek Academy in Utrecht, the Netherlands.
Dr Julia Zupancic
Julia's doctorate investigated the aesthetic discourses in post-war West Germany (1949–1961), focussing on the then widespread notion of a musical “progress”. Having studied at the Universities of Freiburg, Bristol and Munich, her thesis is supervised at LMU Munich, while, since 2014, she has been based in the UK as a Visiting Research Assistant at the University of Leeds. Her research interests include Music of the 19th and 20th centuries, Music and Aesthetics, Music History and Historiography, and Adorno. She is particularly interested in how musical phenomena, aesthetic thought, and cultural, social and political circumstances are interconnected.
Dr Jung Yoon Cho
Jung Yoon holds BMus and MMus in Violin Performance from the Royal Academy of Music and a PhD from the University of Leeds. Her PhD studies focused on investigating late nineteenth-century performance practice, with special reference to Brahms’s Violin Sonatas. She is particularly interested in evaluating historical practice as a valuable source of knowledge and inspiration for present-day performers. She previously worked as a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Leeds and has been invited to give research seminars/lecture recitals in various venues, including Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Royal Academy of Music and Leeds University. She also works as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player based in London.