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Travelling: Salzburg, Munich, Birmingham & Bangor.

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  Summer 2017 has been a whirlwind season; as usual I haven’t spent very long in one place at a time, although I am now in the middle of a whole 10 days in Manchester! A definite highlight was my trip to Salzburg to take part in Roche Continents 2017, an…

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Jessica goes to Germany

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Earlier this month I was lucky enough to spend over a week in Germany, including 6 days in Hannover. The city is a wonderful mix of old and new, my favourite example of this being the beautiful Aegidienkirche, now a war memorial after being destroyed during WWII, which you can find…

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The trials and tribulations of public speaking (with a little bit of history for fun).

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Over the past year I’ve had the opportunity to present at a number of conferences, but at the end of February I added to my ‘firsts of 2017’ list by giving a pre-concert talk at Conway Hall. Preparing for the talk was slightly more tricky than usual, as I am…

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My first exhibition

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This week I got to do something that I have been looking forward to for a while – I put up an exhibition! The lovely librarians at Conway Hall asked if I would like to fill the exhibition cases in the library for this term, so if you are able…

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Mind Map

Admittedly, it has been a while since my last post, but I have a fairly legitimate excuse. Since my return from Poland, I have been in a small bubble of conference organisation and literature review writing. Consequently, whenever I attempted to write a blog post, my mind was screaming ‘LITERATURE…


Young Musicology Today

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Instead of having a little moan about conference organisation (see my last blog), this time I only have good things to say about the opportunities I’ve had to attend and present at conferences during my PhD. On 5 November, I headed to Poland a couple of days in advance of the…

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Josephine Troup and the South Place Ethical Society

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Since my last post, a lot of my energy has been directed towards this potential career path – probably more than I would have liked to be honest. This is not my first experience of being part of an organising team for an academic conference (and it won’t be the…

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What do you do with a PhD in Music?

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Jessica Beck

Anyone who has seen the musical Avenue Q may recognise the title of my blog from the first line of the opening song, ‘What do you do with a BA in English?’. While this may have been sung with a slightly ironic tone, the question about my PhD was one…

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