Dr George Burrows
Section Lead and Reader in Performing Arts, Section Lead and Principal Lecturer for Peforming Arts
I am Senior Lecturer in Music, having joined the university in 2001. Previously, I lectured in music for the Open University and Newcastle University where I also pursued postgraduate studies. My academic interests are wide ranging, encompassing the whole musical spectrum, from Claudio Monteverdi to Charles Mingus. My work brings new critical approaches to the study of music while also using music as a critical tool to explore other disciplines. Thus I am interested in psychoanalytical, sociological and philosophical understandings of interdisciplinary texts and practices involving music. I am founding editor of the journal, Studies in Musical Theatre (Intellect) and co-founder of the international Song, Stage and Screen conference.
A musicologist who has been active as a conductor, singer, pianist and trombonist, I have worked with the likes of Emma Kirkby, Carolyn Sampson, James Bowman, James Macmillan, Alfred Brendel, the Royal Opera, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Young Sinfonia, and Newcastle Cathedral Choir. I spent a period working in the Education Department of the Royal Opera House, London, whilst studying conducting with Michael Rose and Colin Metters (Royal Academy of Music). I conducted the Newcastle University Symphony Orchestra and Choir. Under my leadership the orchestra gave the world premiere of Charles Villiers Stanford's Cello Concerto and made several appearances on television. I now direct the university's choirs. Recently they gave the world premiere of the Italian version of Handel's Funeral Anthem for Queen Caroline and sang on Today on BBC radio 4.
I enjoy teaching music in an interdisciplinary setting. I led the development of a new interdisciplinary degree programme in Creative and Performing Arts that started in October 2007 and continues to complement my research.