Richard Wistreich to join RCM as Director of Research

Friday 13 June 2014


We're delighted to announce that Professor Richard Wistreich will be joining the Royal College of Music on 1 September 2014 as Director of Research.

Richard joins the RCM from the Royal Northern College of Music, where he has been Dean of Research and Enterprise since 2010. He is a scholar and teacher with wide-ranging research interests, and a particular interest in vocal music-making in Europe between 1500 and 1800.

Richard is also an internationally renowned performer of both early and contemporary music. He has made concert, radio and television appearances worldwide, and recorded more than 100 CDs. In 1989 he co-founded the ensemble Red Byrd, dedicated to performing both old and new music, often side-by-side in the same concerts.

Professor Colin Lawson, Director of the RCM, comments: “I am delighted that Professor Wistreich will be joining us as Director of Research. His work across theory and practice accords perfectly with the College’s Research Strategy and I know that he will provide inspirational leadership for our academic portfolio.”

Professor Wistreich comments: “I am truly excited about joining the Royal College of Music and becoming part of such a dynamic community of musicians. The riches of the RCM’s archives, library and instrument collection are known throughout the world, but so too are its great professors and students and the very high standard and innovative energy of their music-making. Together they offer amazing potential for realising all kinds of projects to enhance everyone’s work as students and teachers. I am looking forward to working with everyone in the College and to supporting anyone who wants to develop their ideas in research, learning and teaching. It’s naturally a wrench to be leaving the RNCM, where I have been lucky to have a terrific bunch of colleagues; but I am also thrilled be coming home to London where I grew up and then worked for many years as a freelance musician. And who wouldn’t want to work at one of the great institutions, in the greatest music city in the world?”

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