Thank you for considering making a gift to the Faculty of Music
The Faculty of Music is recognised internationally as a centre of excellence for teaching and research in musicology from medieval times to the present day, composition and performance, and for its world-leading position in evolving academic fields such as ethnomusicology and the psychology of music.
Through its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, the Faculty offers a highly stimulating environment for students interested in a practical, scholarly and creative engagement with music, supporting their development as musicologists, performers and composers. The Faculty brings together a community of leading academics whose contribution to interdisciplinary research programmes and a wider understanding and appreciation of music has a significant impact on scholarship and performance worldwide.
Through the support of alumni and friends, the Faculty is hoping to continue to support three key strategic priorities:
- Student support;
- Academic teaching, research and performance;
- Buildings and infrastructure.
If you would like to help support the Faculty, donations can be made in a number of ways:
By phone: call us on 01865 276133
If you would like to discuss giving support for a specific project, please contact Professor Eric Clarke on 01865 276133
Support from alumni and friends contributed towards a number of great purchases and projects including:
- The Holocaust Memorial Concert as part of our Artist in Residence programme
‘It was an incredibly starry line-up of players and it felt very special to be able to witness such intimate and wonderful music-making.’ Student, Tom Fetherstonhaugh
- Chamber music coaching
‘In Michaelmas term last year, I asked a few friends to study and rehearse the beautiful piano quartets of Schumann and Dvořák with me. We met with the Villiers Quartet at the Faculty of Music for a workshop a couple of weeks before our performance in the Holywell Music Room. The musicians were professional and incredibly friendly, giving us different insights into the music and offering various interpretations. As the pianist of the quartet, I enjoyed responding to the changes my friends made in their playing. Our viola player was unfortunately unavailable for the workshop, but Carmen kindly filled-in for the role, giving us a taste of being part of a professional string quartet. James, Tamaki and Nick offered my friends expert individual guidance on their respective instruments, advising on technique tailored to the music that we were playing. It was great to share our passion for music as we discussed and worked on the quartets. We all thoroughly enjoyed being coached by the Villiers and left the workshop with their encouragements for our upcoming performance.’ Student, Amy Chang
- Equipment for the electronic music studio to support composition
‘The electronic music studio has given me an unlimited access to a sound-world I could never have imagined – or perhaps more saliently, afforded – before coming to Oxford. The staff have made this state of the art equipment accessible, exciting, and a real hub for creative freedom and discovery – I could not be a composer without it.’ Student, Tom Kinsella
- Additional instrumental teaching
‘We invited Jane Rogers to coach the Bate Players in a performance of Brandenburg 6 and an arrangement of JS Bach’s third viola da gamba sonata in G minor, entitled ‘the 7th Brandenburg’. Jane is one of the leading historical violists in the world, so it was an incredible privilege to have her share her expertise with us. She taught us so much about the very specific sound-world of these pieces. As a group we learnt so much from having her with us and it has helped to develop the work we do as a group in the future.‘ Student, James Orrell