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Research Projects

Late 19th and early 20th Century Styles of String Playing (Part of the Rediscover, Recreate Research Strand)

Rosalind Ventris (RIAM Strings Faculty)

Violist, Rosalind Ventris is an Edison Fellow at the British Library. She is also the recipient of funding under the RIAM's 'Amplify Research' Staff Research Scheme for 2019/20.

Read Rosalind's guest blog post on the British Library's Sound and Vision blog [published 25 September 2019]

Sounds from Bohemia: exploring the Bohemian Quartet’s recordings of Dvorak and Smetana

Rosalind Ventris

Gerald Finzi’s Violin Concerto: A Performer’s Perspective 

William Lees (DMusPerf)

William Lees, DMusPerf

Violinist, William Lees is the latest graduate of the RIAM’s DMusPerf programme. His doctoral research involves a detailed analysis of Gerald Finzi's Violin Concerto, including the original first movement.  A performer’s approach is outlined with the difficulties in execution considered and the style explored to gain a greater understanding of this work.

The full dissertation is available on TARA.


Cello Works by RIAM Composers (Part of the Rediscover, Recreate Research Strand)

Dr Annette Cleary (RIAM Strings Faculty)

Cellist, Annette Cleary builds on her doctoral research by studying and performing cello works composed by RIAM teachers: Clyde Twelvetrees (1865-1956), Joseph Schofield (1886-1939), Joseph Groocock (1913-1997) and Brian Beckett (b. 1950). A little known aspect of the RIAM’s history and musical heritage is brought to light in this project which combines academic and performance research.

Annette has produced a CD of the cello works – Rich & Rare – which also features Réamonn Keary (RIAM Keyboard Faculty) on piano.

Watch a video of Annette and Réamonn performing the Scherzo from Brian Beckett’s Cello Sonata at the RIAM’s Amplify Research Day 2018.