Jessica Beck

What do you do with a PhD in Music?

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In this new series of blogs, PhD student Jessica Beck sheds some light on the musical past of Conway Hall

Jessica is a 25 year-old PhD student currently undertaking an AHRC-funded collaborative doctoral award at the Royal Northern College of Music, supervised by Professor Barbara Kelly and Professor David Amigoni. Her research is based on the archives held at Conway Hall that relate to its own history, and her thesis currently has a working title of The Role of Women Musicians at South Place Ethical Society, 1900 – 1920. Jessica studied for her BA in Music and MRes in Musicology at Keele University (2009–13) and is now beginning the second year of her PhD.

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