Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Recent PhD completions at Salford

From Prof Peter Graham:
Congratulations to compositional research student Dorothy Gates on success in her PhD submission and viva. Dorothy is making her mark as a specialist composer of brass music in New York and has recently had her work performed by musicians from the US Marines Band (The Presidents Own) and members of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra brass section.

From Prof George McKay:
Congratulations to Dr Shara Rambarran whose PhD was awarded 9 June 2011, for a thesis entitled "Innovations in Contemporary Popular Music and Digital Media, ands Reconstructions of the Music  Industry in the 21st Century."

From Dr Robin Dewhurst:
May I take this opportunity to congratulate Dr Eddie Severn and Dr Luc Vertommen following their successful completion of the Doctor of Musical Arts programme. I have very much enjoyed my role in supervising their research and would like to wish them every success in the future.

Our congratulations also go to BA(Hons) Popular Music and Recording graduate Ian Livingstone who has recently joined the elite ranks of the British music industry with his Ivor Novello Award in the ‘Best Original Video Game Score’ category for his work on Napoleon: Total War. Since graduating in the mid-nineties Ian has developed a successful career as a composer for film, television and advertising and worked alongside Richard Beddow and Richard Birdsall in the creation of the award-winning soundtrack. Dr Robin Dewhurst, one of Ian’s specialist tutors during his time at Salford, was delighted to hear of his success and said “this is a truly magnificent achievement as the Ivors are regarded as the most widely coveted awards for British and Irish songwriters and composers in the world – we are obviously very proud of Ian’s ongoing success as a media composer.”

Ian is in good company, as other awards went this year in recognition for the notable contributions made by artists and composers including Dizzee Rascal, Michael Nyman, Stephen Sondheim and Steve Winwood. Further details of Ian's work can be found on his website:

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