Dr Ann van Allen-Russell

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Ann van Allen-Russell is the BMus Programme Coordinator at the Royal College of Music.

Her research focuses on music and culture in the eighteenth century, particularly the music of Johann Christian Bach, the music publishing industry in England, its legal and economic facets, and the development of intellectual property and copyright.  Her forthcoming book chapter in Music Borrowing and Copyright Law: A Genre-by-Genre Analysis (Bloomsbury, 2023) explores musical borrowing, copyright and its impact on creativity.  Ann’s research has been supported by grants from the Music & Letters Trust and Trinity Laban, and she has presented papers at conferences in the UK, the US and Europe. Her current project explores cultural economics and music business practices relating to the Bach-Abel concerts that will feed into her book provisionally titled The Bach and Abel Suits: Intellectual property and the Value of Creativity.

Ann previously worked at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where she was Senior Lecture, BMus Programme Coordinator, and TL: Augment programme leader. She has also taught at Goldsmiths, University of London and Oxford Brookes University. In 2022 she was awarded the Trinity Laban Teaching and Supporting Learning Award for innovative approaches to curriculum development.

Ann holds a PhD in musicology from Goldsmith, University of London (2006; supervisor Simon McVeigh), an MMus in historical musicology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (1992; supervisor Pamala Starr) and a BA in music history and flute performance from the Pennsylvania State University (1989). She is currently an Ordinary Member of Council for the Royal Musical Association, a member of the Women and Gender Committee for the American Musicological Society; she is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Faculties / departments: Research, Academic staff


For enquiries please contact:

Dr Ann van Allen-Russell

Doctoral Supervisor, BMus Programme Coordinator

0207 591 4321


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