Dr Rhiannon Mathias

Honorary Research Fellow



A: Recent and Forthcoming Publications


Chapter: ‘The Symphony in Wales’ in The Symphony in Britain and Ireland Since 1900, Cambridge University Press (forthcoming).

Chapter: ‘Grace Williams and Welsh Music: Triads, Orchestral Music and New Beginnings’ in “Women are not Born to Composer”: Female Musical Works from 1750 to 1950, Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini (forthcoming).

Editor of The Routledge Handbook of Women’s Work in Music (London: Routledge, 2022).

Chapter: 'Women in Composition during the Cold War in Music’ in The Cambridge Companion to Women in Music Since 1900 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021).

Editor-in-Chief of the Cambridge University Press Elements series on Women in Music (2020-2025).


B: Selected Publications

Chapter: ‘Maconchy’s Late String Quartets’ in Christa Brüstle, ed., ‘Passionately Intellectual, Intellectually Passionate’: Elizabeth Maconchy (1907-1994), (Vienna-London-New York: Universal Edition, 2018).

Article: ‘Women Composers?  At Cheltenham?!’ in 2014 Cheltenham Music Festival Programme Booklet.

Book: Lutyens, Maconchy, Williams and Twentieth-Century British Music: A Blest Trio of Sirens (1st edition, Ashgate, 2012: 2nd edition, Routledge, 2016).


  • Guy Rickards, Tempo, vol. 67/263 (January 2013), pp. 98-100.
  • Jürgen Schaarwächter, British Music Society News, No. 136 (January 2013) pp. 22-23.
  • Steph Power, Wales Arts Review, vol. 1/19 (November 2012).
  • Colin Anderson, Gramophone (September 2012), pp. 88-89. 

Article: ‘William Mathias’s Piano Concertos: Primus Inter Pares’ in Musical Opinion, vol. 135/1489 (July 2012).


C: Research Activities

Director of the International Conferences on Women's Work in Music at Bangor University:

  • First International Conference on Women's Work in Music, 4-7 September 2017
  • Second International Conference on Women's Work in Music, 4-6 September 2019
  • Third International Conference on Women's Work in Music (online), 1-3 September 2021

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2000 - PhD , ‘Taking Liberties: Schoenberg, Gershwin, Stravinsky and Modern Culture’
  • 1990 - MPhil , ‘Lyrical forms in Beethoven’s late works with particular reference to the Piano Sonata in A flat, Op. 110’
  • 1989 - Other , B. Mus (First Class Honours)
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