John Irving has been appointed professor of performance practice at Trinity Laban. Irving said that he is ‘delighted and honoured’ to have been awarded the new role.

Irving is a former professor of music at the universities of London and Bristol. He was director of The Institute of Musical Research at the School of Advanced Study, University of London from 2009 to 2011. He is also an associate fellow of the IMR, where he founded research centre DeNOTE in 2009. Irving began working at Trinity Laban in April 2013 as reader of historical performance.

Irving’s new role comes as recognition of his research achievements. He recently contributed to The Mozart Project – an interactive digital book on the work of the composer.

Professor Anthony Bowne, Trinity Laban’s principal, said how research was integral to the conservatoire’s aim to lead and innovate in the art forms of music and dance: ‘Our research profile is a vital element in defining the character of Trinity Laban as a leading UK conservatoire of international importance. It will underpin and enhance advanced learning and teaching practice and help to retain and attract high-quality artistic and academic staff.’

Irving spoke of what he was particularly looking forward to when taking up his new position: ‘I look forward to extending in a conservatoire context the work I began in performance practice research as professor of music at the universities of Bristol and London. In particular, I look forward to engaging with audiences outside higher education through my role, as well as research advocacy within Trinity Laban itself.’


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