LGBT Research Community


Queer Music, Queer Theory, Queer Music Theory

January 30, 2017
by Lewis Brennen

Congratulations to Dr David Bretherton (Music), who has been awarded £175,236.80 from the AHRC Leadership Fellowship Scheme (Early Career Route) towards his research project ‘Queer Music, Queer Theory, Queer Music Theory’.david_bretherton.jpg_SIA_JPG_fit_to_width_INLINE

The Fellowship will allow David to take a lead in re-energising the debate about the nature of ‘queer music’, and to play a decisive role in the re-conceptualisation of the problematic notion of queer music from a music-theoretical and -analytical perspective. Focusing on selected works from the last two centuries, by composers such as Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Copland, Britten and Finnissy, this research will explore the emergence of queer musicology and critique earlier research. It will then interrogate the concept of queer music through several music-analytical case studies organised around core ideas from the discipline of queer theory.

The notion that modern Western society is dominated by a ‘heteronormative’ discourse favouring heterosexual relationships and ‘normal’ gender behaviours will be particularly important, because its analogue, musical convention, when subverted is often dubiously interpreted as autobiographical evidence of a composer’s queerness. This project seeks more nuanced and thoughtful alternatives, and will align queer musicology with other approaches in the Humanities.

Remembrance Day

October 9, 2014
by Carla Barrett

Great War EventsAs part of the University of Southampton’s Great War programme (2014-15), a new work will be performed at the Turner Sims on Sunday 16th November at 7.30pm. This is ‘Remembrance Day’ by the composer Michael Finnissy, who is also chair of Composition at Southampton. The piece notably addresses the issue of homo-erotic content in war-poetry and incorporates texts by Henry Lamont Simpson (backgrounded by Goethe and Peter Abelard). It is therefore an intriguing interdisciplinary way for us to think about masculinity and the memory of the Great War.

For tickets, contact the Turner Sims box office on 02380 595 151 or email

See also the full Great War programme at: