Prof Chris Collins

Head of School / Professor

Contact info

Position: Head of School, School of Music and Media


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.

  1. 2016
  2. The voice of instruments:The influence of vocal idioms in the works for solo strings and orchestra by Max Bruch

    Author: Hardisty, N., Jan 2016

    Supervisor: Leitmeir, C. (Supervisor), Collins, C. (Supervisor) & Schmidt, T. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Master of Philosophy

  3. 2015
  4. Multiples of the same : a semiotic study of Steve Reich's Counterpoint series

    Author: Bakker, T., Jan 2015

    Supervisor: Collins, C. (Supervisor) & ap Sion, P. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy

  5. New Voice : the patterns and provisions for girl choristers in the English cathedral choirs

    Author: Mackey, A., Jan 2015

    Supervisor: Collins, C. (Supervisor) & Harper, J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy