Education

Oud lessons in London

Are you interested in learning oud? I teach Arabic and Turkish traditions as part of my role at SOAS, University of London. Feel free to get in touch and arrange a consultation lesson.

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Compositions

Sing no Sad Songs for Me (Italiano)

Un “Liederkreis” tra il Tamigi e il Bosforo Sonorità lontane tessute con ricordi di donne Poesie di Christina Rossetti Musiche di Rachel Beckles Willson Musicisti: Rachel Beckles Willson (voce, oud), Ciro Montanari (tabla), Kostas Tsarouchis (contrabbasso), Evgenios Voulgaris (yayli tanbur) ‘Sing no Sad Songs for Me’ nasce dall’incontro tra la poesia Read more…

By rachel, ago
Compositions

Sing no Sad Songs for Me

A song-cycle connecting the Bosphorus and the Thames – resonances woven through the memories of women  Poetry by Christina Rossetti Music by Rachel Beckles Willson Performers: Rachel Beckles Willson (vocals, oud), Ciro Montanari (tabla), Kostas Tsarouchis (double bass), Evgenios Voulgaris (yayli tanbur) ‘Sing no Sad Songs for Me’ connects the Read more…

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info

Oudmigrations

Oudmigrations is an internet-based project dedicated to the journeys of ouds, their histories, and the stories attached to their makers, players, and owners. I developed the research thanks to a Major Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust, and worked in collaboration with musician, luthier and researcher Karim Othman-Hassan. When we launched in April Read more…

By rachel, ago
Compositions

Sing no Sad Songs for Me (Francais)

Un cycle de chansons entre la Tamise et le Bosphore Sons lointains tissés par des mémoires de femmes Poesie de Christina Rossetti Musique de Rachel Beckles Willson Musiciens: Rachel Beckles Willson (voix, oud), Ciro Montanari (tabla), Kostas Tsarouchis (contrabbasse), Evgenios Voulgaris (yayli tanbur) Sing no Sad Songs for Me réunit les traditions Read more…

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Education

Workshops

Building on my courses in Intercultural Performance run at Royal Holloway, I now lead music workshops for instrumentalists, vocalists and those who just want to have a go at making music in a group. Workshops vary in aim: in the case of Today is Good! (weekly sessions, ongoing) and Welcome Read more…

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Education

Academic teaching

I have worked in full-time academic teaching since 2000, when I began as a lecturer at the University of Bristol. I was Professor of Music at Royal Holloway, University of London until September 2019, and now I am Professorial Research Associate at SOAS, University of London. My teaching has ranged Read more…

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Articles and book chapters

Articles and book chapters

Articles in scholarly refereed journals ‘Bulgarian Rhythm and its disembodiment in Kurtág’s The sayings of Péter Bornemisza’, Studia musicologica XLIII/3-4 (2002), pp. 269-280. ‘To say and/or to be? Incongruence in The Sayings of Péter Bornemisza op.7’. Music Analysis 22/3 (October 2003), pp. 315-338. ‘”Behold! The long-awaited new Hungarian opera has Read more…

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