My research is focused on Nordic modernism, looking at theatre music at the turn of the century. My thesis explores theatrical productions centred around the twin poles of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius and Swedish playwright August Strindberg, previously marginalised within musicology’s modernist discourse. These productions both situate Nordic theatrical practice within existing modernist narratives, and provide a base from which to offer an analytical framework appropriate to incidental music.
My teaching experience covers undergraduate modules on the 19th century symphony, analysis, musical thought and scholarship (MTS), and Scandinavian music. I currently co-convene the graduate research colloquium series, and am conference administrator for the ‘Nordic Breakthrough’ conference, August 2015. Alongside my academic studies I am the founder and editor of The Oxford Culture Review, a website dedicated to promoting arts and humanities research and events in Oxford, and producer for Theatron Novum, an Oxford-based opera company. I am on Twitter @LeahBroad.
‘Harrison Birtwistle Responses: Sweet disorder and the carefully careless for piano and orchestra, Royal Festival Hall, London’, TEMPO, Vol. 69/272, April 2015, pp. 61-2
‘Forests, Fires, and Factories: Sibelius and the Mechanical’, 6th International Jean Sibelius Conference, Hämeenlinna, December 2015
‘Swanwhite: Sibelius, Symbolism, and Modernism’: Nordic Breakthrough, Oxford, August 2015
‘“Therefore speak as little as possible”: Communication in Strindberg’s Till Damaskus (III)’: Modernist Musics and Political Aesthetics, Nottingham, April 2015, and at TORCH Ibsen Network, Oxford, May 2015
‘“My old bad habit”: Sibelius’s Theatrical Music’: Oxford and King’s College London Postgraduate Study Day, Oxford, November 2014
‘Swanwhite: Sibelius and the Theatre’: St Catherine’s College conference, Oxford, 2014
‘“And now, together, we’ll create!”: Voices of Authority in Ingmar Bergman’s Magic Flute’: St Catherine’s College conference, Oxford, 2014
‘Sibelius’s Theatre Music’: introduction to a concert in the ‘Alternative Sibelius’ series, London, April 2015