Applications Open for Doctoral Studentship at the Music Faculty in Collaboration with the Academy of Ancient Music

Applications are invited for a fully funded place for a doctoral student wanting to study eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century music. The doctoral place is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and based at both the Music Faculty and St Anne’s College. The successful candidate will pursue a doctoral project in collaboration with the Academy of Ancient Music [AAM], working towards the AAM’s celebration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth in the 2020-21 season.

To mark this anniversary, the AAM are planning a series of concerts which will place Beethoven’s symphonic works within a ‘sounding’ context. Widely hailed as the pinnacle of symphonic music, Beethoven’s orchestral works did not exist in a vacuum. They were performed on the concert stage and discussed alongside works by his forebears, contemporaries and composers of the younger generation. Furthermore, Beethoven’s own symphonic writing was influenced by, and shaped through, successful works that he thought to imitate, emulate or challenge. The doctoral project is intended to provide a new context for understanding Beethoven’s orchestral output (not limited to symphonies) through a new focus on appropriate eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century repertoire. The candidate’s final submission may be pursued from a repertorial, instititutional, critical, aesthetic or other relevant angle.

Alongside their doctoral work the successful candidate will produce new (critical and/or performing) editions of music to be performed by the AAM at the Barbican Centre and even potentially released on its in-house recording label, AAM Recordings. It follows that, although the edition might not be main research output of the candidate’s doctoral work, they should ideally be able to demonstrate previous experience or training in the critical editing of music. As part of the collaborative doctoral project, the candidate may also take on a public-facing role in terms of promoting the concert and informing audiences about the repertoire being studied.

Candidates should apply through the normal University of Oxford doctoral application, including a detailed proposal for their doctorate and a clear indication of what performance repertoire arising from the candidate’s study might be considered for Beethoven’s 250th anniversary season. The studentship will be supervised by Prof. Christian Leitmeir (University of Oxford) and Alexander Van Ingen (AAM) in association with St Anne’s College Oxford and the Faculty of Music, Oxford University.

Subject to standard AHRC eligibility criteria, the studentship will cover tuition fees at the Home/EU rate and provide a maintenance award at RCUK rates for a maximum of 3 years of full-time doctoral study from October 2018 with the option of additional funding for related professional development.

Applications must be received no later than midday on Monday, 19 February 2018. In the event of shortlisting, candidates should make themselves available for interviews in Oxford on 1 March 2018, or for interviews on that day by SKYPE. Informal enquiries relating to the project can be directed to Prof. Christian Leitmeir ( or Alexander Van Ingen (