Prof Chris Collins

Head of School / Professor

Contact info

Position: Head of School, School of Music and Media

Email: c.collins@bangor.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0) 1248 388108

Location: Music building

Chris Collins joined the lecturing staff of the School of Music in 2001 after completing a PhD on European influences on the Spanish composer Manuel de Falla (1876-1946). He has worked extensively on early twentieth-century music in France and Spain, and has more recently branched out into the study of 1960s popular music. Current projects include a monograph for Cambridge University Press on Falla’s experience of music by composers of other nationalities, and a new critical edition of Falla’s prose writings with Elena Torres Clemente (Universidad Complutense de Madrid).

He is enthused by a very wide range of music, and his teaching reflects this, encompassing music history of all periods, word/music relations, and practical musicianship. He has conducted the University Chorus, the University Symphony Orchestra and the University Opera Group for a number of years, in works by composers as diverse as Stravinsky, Sibelius, Bruckner, Mozart and Monteverdi.

He was awarded a Bangor University Honorary Teaching Fellowship in 2007, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He was a member of the QAA benchmark revision panel for Music in 2015-16, and has been an adviser to a number of organisations on music education at all levels. He is a Council Member of the Royal Musical Association and of the Incorporated Society of Musicians. He was appointed Head of Music at Bangor University in 2012, and was awarded a Personal Chair in 2016. His rare moments of spare time are spent listening to music, mountain walking, reading and cycling.

Contact Info

Position: Head of School, School of Music and Media

Email: c.collins@bangor.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0) 1248 388108

Location: Music building

Chris Collins joined the lecturing staff of the School of Music in 2001 after completing a PhD on European influences on the Spanish composer Manuel de Falla (1876-1946). He has worked extensively on early twentieth-century music in France and Spain, and has more recently branched out into the study of 1960s popular music. Current projects include a monograph for Cambridge University Press on Falla’s experience of music by composers of other nationalities, and a new critical edition of Falla’s prose writings with Elena Torres Clemente (Universidad Complutense de Madrid).

He is enthused by a very wide range of music, and his teaching reflects this, encompassing music history of all periods, word/music relations, and practical musicianship. He has conducted the University Chorus, the University Symphony Orchestra and the University Opera Group for a number of years, in works by composers as diverse as Stravinsky, Sibelius, Bruckner, Mozart and Monteverdi.

He was awarded a Bangor University Honorary Teaching Fellowship in 2007, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He was a member of the QAA benchmark revision panel for Music in 2015-16, and has been an adviser to a number of organisations on music education at all levels. He is a Council Member of the Royal Musical Association and of the Incorporated Society of Musicians. He was appointed Head of Music at Bangor University in 2012, and was awarded a Personal Chair in 2016. His rare moments of spare time are spent listening to music, mountain walking, reading and cycling.

Teaching and Supervision

Chris teaches a wide range of musicological and practical topics. He currently co-ordinates and teaches the following modules:

  • WXM1001 / WXM1002 The Study of Music
  • WXM2020 / WXM3020 The Nineteenth-Century Symphony
  • WXM2117 / WXM3117 The Twentieth-Century Symphony
  • WXM2154 / WXM3154 Wagner
  • WXM2160 / WXM3160 The Beatles
  • WXM2171 / WXM3171 Manuel de Falla
  • WXM2174 / WXM3174 Debussy and Ravel
  • WXM2211 Musicology Year 2
  • WXM3176 / WXM3177 Dissertation
  • WXP3249 Conducting
  • WMP4107 Music: Text and Context

Current PhD students

  • Emma Peake: Emma is working on musicians’ health
  • Matthias Wurz: Matthias is working on the music of Arnold Schoenberg
  • Sa Do Kim: Sa Do is working on combining Korean folk music with Western classical music

Research

Chris’s research encompasses a range of musicological approaches, including biographical, historical and documentary research, analysis, aesthetics, literary associations, and sketch studies. His key research interests are:

  • Manuel de Falla
  • Music in late nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century Europe (especially Spain, France, and the Nordic countries)
  • Word/music relations in opera and song
  • Sketch studies
  • Music pedagogy
  • Popular music and culture in 1960s Britain
  • Women in music

Other

Public Lectures and Conference Papers

  • ‘Beth ddysgodd Sgt. Pepper gan y syrcas / What the circus taught Sgt. Pepper’, public lecture, Crosville Club, Bangor, 23 July 2015; also Festival No. 6, Portmeirion, 10 September 2017; also Conwy Feast, Conwy, 29 October 2017.
  • ‘Compuesta a toda velocidad: El amor brujo como primera obra del compositor profesional’, El amor brujo, metáfora de la modernidad (1915-2015), Palacio de la Madraza, Granada, 8-10 July 2015.
  • ‘Mr Kite des Beatles: souvenir psychédélique de la tradition britannique du cirque forain’, Musique et Cirque: Un relation féconde, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier (Montpellier III), 13-14 November 2014.
  • ‘European models for a Spanish opera: the special case of Falla's La vida breve’, research seminar, University of Aberdeen, 24 April 2014.
  • ‘Manuel de Falla in circles: rotational form and teleological genesis in the Concerto’, snapshot seminar, Bangor University, 19 February 2014.
  • 'Modelos europeos para un ópera española: estilo, estructura y tejido temático', Congreso Internacional en el centenario de 'La vida breve', Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 27 November 2013.
  • 'Style, structure and motivic fabric in Falla's La vida breve', Eighth Biennial International Conference on Music Since 1900, Liverpool Hope University, 13 September 2013.
  • Guest scholar for ‘Debussy Premieres’, symposium held as part of The Prismatic Debussy festival, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, New York, 27 October 2012.
  • ‘Baudelaire and his composers’ and ‘Harmonising poetry and music: a case study’, papers given jointly with Helen Abbott as part of the Music and poetry in fin-de-siècle Paris study day at the Oxford Lieder Festival, 31 October 2009.
  • ‘Spanning a frontier: Manuel de Falla’s Trois mélodies and multinational identity’, Sixth Biennial International Conference on Music Since 1900, Keele University, 2-5 July 2009.
  • ‘A Frenchman’s Spain through the eyes of a Spaniard: Manuel de Falla’s setting of Théophile Gautier’s “Séguidille”’, Nineteenth-century French Poetry: Transpositions of Thought and Form in the Nineteenth Century and Beyond, Bangor University, 21 February 2009.
  • ‘Manuel de Falla’s formative years: filling in the gaps’, paper given in the Directions in Musical Research seminar series, Institute of Musical Research, University of London, 19 February 2009.
  • ‘European Music in late nineteenth-century Cádiz: Falla’s childhood experiences’, research seminar, Bangor University, 30 September 2008.

Community Engagement and Impact

  • Council Member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, representing Wales (2018-)
  • Council Member of the Royal Musical Association (2017-)
  • Advisor on the Expressive Arts in the Curriculum, Welsh Government (2017-)
  • Member of QAA Benchmark Review Group for Music (2015-16)
  • Convenor of BFE/RMA Research Students’ Conference (2016)
  • Adviser to various awarding bodies
  • Validation and external examining at Universities of Bath Spa, Birmingham, Sheffield, West London, Granada, Melbourne and Liverpool Hope
  • Board member, Codi’r To - Sistema Cymru (2014-)
  • Committee member (2014) and Vice-Chair (2015-7) of the National Association for Music in Higher Education
  • Guest faculty member, Curso de análisis musical: Wagner y Falla: de Tristan e Isolda a La vida breve, Cursos internacionales Manuel de Falla, Granada, November 2013.
  • Programme notes for the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera North and Bangor University.
  • Various broadcast interviews on BBC Radio Cymru, BBC Radio Wales, BBC 1 Wales and ITV 1 Wales.

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