Dr Dave Camlin
Dave Camlin is a musician whose work is grounded in a passionate belief in the humanising nature of music-making, and whose musical practice spans performance, composition, teaching and research. His research interests focus on the benefits of group singing, musician training and Community Music (CM), and are grounded in a philosophy of ‘music in three dimensions’ which recognises the interdependence between the dimensions of music performance and participation, and their social impact. Current research projects include:
Fellowship of Hill and Wind and Sunshine, an AHRC- and ACE-funded project with the UK National Trust exploring the benefits of group singing on Lake District mountain summits and in virtual reality.
Making Sense of Group Singing, pioneering the use of Sensemaker® as an innovative app-based methodology for building an understanding of cultural value based on people’s personal narrative accounts of art and cultural experience.
Action Research into the portfolio musical careers of musicians in the North East UK, and the ‘career creativities’ necessary to sustain a successful career in music.
He performs solo, and with a variety of ensembles, including vocal group Mouthful, acoustic song-writers’ collective The Coast Road, and Celtic rock band Tryckster. He was the founding Creative Director of Cumbrian music organisation, SoundWave, from 2005-10, and one of the organisers of Solfest music festival in Cumbria from 2004 - 2015. He is currently a trustee of the Natural Voice Network (NVN), and leads a number of choirs in west Cumbria and the North East who perform regularly.
Camlin, D.A., forthcoming. Encounters with Participatory Music:, in: The Chamber Musician in the 21st Century. OUP, Cambridge University.
Camlin, D.A., forthcoming. Organisational Dynamics in Community Ensembles, in: Together in Music. Oxford University Press, Sheffield.
Camlin, D.A., forthcoming. Recovering our Humanity - What’s Love (and Music) Got to Do With It?, in: Authentic Connection: Music, Spirituality, and Wellbeing, Music and Spirituality. Peter Lang, Bern, Switzerland.
Camlin, D.A., Daffern, H., Zeserson, K., 2020b. Group Singing as a Resource for the Development of Healthy Publics. Nature, Healthy Publics.
Camlin, D.A., Caulfield, L., Perkins, R., 2020a. Capturing the magic: a three-way dialogue on the impact of music on people and society. International Journal of Community Music 13, 157–172. DOI
Daffern, H., Camlin, D.A., Egermann, H., Gully, A.J., Kearney, G., Neale, C., Rees-Jones, J., 2018. Exploring the potential of virtual reality technology to investigate the health and well being benefits of group singing. International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media 1–22. DOI
Camlin DA & Zeserson K (2018), Becoming a community musician: a situated approach to curriculum, content, and assessment, in B Bartleet & L Higgins, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Community Music (pp. 711-733), Oxford University Press [ISBN 9780190219505].
Camlin DA (2017, May), Mind the gap! paper presented at Walking the Boundaries, Bridging the Gaps: International Community Music Conference , Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada.
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Camlin, D. A. (2021) Mind the gap! In: Community Music at the Boundaries. Wilfrid Laurier University Press, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. ISBN 9781771124577 (paperback) (In Press)
Camlin, D. A. and Daffern, H. and Zeserson, K. (2020) Group singing as a resource for the development of a healthy public: a study of adult group singing. Humanities & Social Sciences Communications, 7 (60). ISSN 2662-9992 (online)
Camlin, D. A. and Caulfield, L. and Perkins, R. (2019) Capturing the magic: a three-way dialogue on the impact of music on people and society. International Journal of Community Music. ISSN 1752-6299 (print) 1752-6302 (online) (In Press)
Camlin, D. A. (2019) The value of group singing: preliminary insights from a phenomenological approach to understanding a complex cultural activity. In: International Society for Music Education Community Music Activity Commission Pre-Conference Seminar, 10-14 July 2018, Tbilisi, Georgia.
Camlin, D. A. (2019) What's love got to do with it? [keynote presentation]. In: International Fjord Summer School 2019, 17-20 June 2019, Bergen. (Unpublished)
Daffern, H. and Camlin, D. A. and Egermann, H. and Gully, A. J. and Kearney, G. and Neale, C. and Rees-Jones, J. (2018) Exploring the potential of virtual reality technology to investigate the health and well being benefits of group singing. International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, 15 (1). pp. 1-22.
Camlin, D. A. and Willingham, L. (2018) Group singing as a ‘polyphonic truth’. In: International Society for Music Education Community Music Activity Commission Pre-Conference Seminar, 10-14 July 2018, Tbilisi, Georgia. (Unpublished)
Camlin, D. A. (2018) Dialogic space. In: The Freedom Room: Symposium on Socially Engaged Arts, 23-25 May 2018, University of Bergen, Norway. (Unpublished)
Camlin, D. A. and Zeserson, K. (2018) Becoming a community musician: a situated approach to curriculum, content, and assessment. In: The Oxford Handbook of Community Music. Oxford Handbooks . Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 711-733. ISBN 9780190219505 (hardback) 9780190861483 (e-book)
Camlin, D. A. (2018) Songs on the summits 1918-2018. The National Trust, UK.
Camlin, D. A. (2018) Assessing quality in socially engaged musical performances. In: Reflective Conservatoire Conference 2018: Artists as Citizens, 20-23 February 2018, Guildhall School of Music & Drama. (Unpublished)
Camlin, D. A. (2018) Making sense of group singing. In: Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Trust Research and Development Conference, May 2018, Newcastle. (Unpublished)
Camlin, D. A. (2017) Beyond binaries. In: Music and Ideas: What Do Excellence and Inclusion Really Mean?, 21 September 2017, Royal College of Music, London. (Unpublished)
Camlin, D. A. (2017) Group singing and trauma recovery. In: Culture, Health and Wellbeing International Conference, 19-21 June 2017, Bristol, UK. (Unpublished)
Camlin, D. A. (2017) Sustaining a ‘portfolio’ career in music. In: Walking the Boundaries, Bridging the Gaps: International Community Music Conference, 11-13 May 2017, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. (Unpublished)
Camlin, D. A. (2017) Dave Camlin: case study. In: Engaging in Community Music: An Introduction. Routledge, Abingdon. ISBN 9781138638167 (hardback) 9781138638174 (paperback) 9781315637952 (e-book)
Camlin, D. A. (2017) Wir singen von Rechten, die wir nicht haben Dissens und Dialog in der Community Music [Singing the rights we do not possess: the rights of community music]. In: Community Music: Beiträge zur Theorie und Praxis aus internationaler und deutscher Perspektive. Waxmann, Münster, Germany, pp. 137-147. ISBN 978-3-8309-3456-1 (paperback) 9783830984566 (e-book)
Camlin, D. A. (2016) Libraries gave us power. In: International Centre for Community Music Student Research Conference, November 2016, York St. John University, York. (Unpublished)
Camlin, D. A. (2015) ‘This is my truth, now tell me yours’: emphasizing dialogue within participatory music. International Journal of Community Music, 8 (3). pp. 233-257. ISSN 1752-6299 (print) 1752-6302 (online)
Camlin, D. A. (2014) Whose quality is it anyway? Inhabiting the creative tension between presentational and participatory music. Journal of Arts & Communities, 6 (2-3). pp. 99-118. ISSN 1757-1936 (print) 1757-1944 (online)