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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.

Selected publications

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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Dr Dave Camlin

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