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Ivan Hewett

MA Oxon

Ivan Hewett has worked in music for more than 30 years as lecturer, promoter, broadcaster and journalist. He has an MA from the University of Oxford.

Since 2002 he has been a critic and writer for the Daily Telegraph, where he is now Chief Music Critic, and is an Academic Professor at the Royal College of Music.  He is particularly interested in issues around the creation and reception of contemporary music, and the workings of contemporary harmony.  He contributed a chapter to The New History of the Proms, published by Thames and Hudson, and has also written a chapter for a book examining the varieties of ‘classical’ music around the world, published by Boydell and Brewer in 2016.  His book Healing the Rift, a meditation on the dilemmas of modern music, is published by Continuum.  

On 10th November 2017 Ivan presents at 'Will Campaigns Against Cultural Appropriation  Destroy The Arts?', one of the events for The Battle of Ideas 2017 open forum in London. 

Faculties / departments: Programmes, Research


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Konstantinos Destounis


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