AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award student (2013-17) – Lucy Dearn

Lucy Dearn was an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award student from 2013-2017, and worked with SPARC on the AHRC Collaborative project – Music, People and Place. Her profile at the time of the project was as follows:

After completing my undergraduate degree in the Department of Music at University of York (2012), I continued studying within the department for a Masters by Research under the supervision of Dr รine Sheil. My masterโ€™s research used an interdisciplinary approach to the study of popular music culture in the everyday lives of children aged 10-16. In August 2013, I presented a paper on this research at the international conference of European Popular Culture Association, held at the University of Turku (Finland).

Whist studying for my undergraduate degree at York, I undertook a two year internship at the National Centre for Early Music where I gained valuable experience in marketing, PR and the day-to-day running of a large and very popular music venue. Following this work, whilst studying for my masters, I was awarded the University of York Vinson Assistantship. This involved me in working as a concert assistant undertaking concert and box office administration at the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall as part of the University of York Concert Series 2012-13.

I am very excited to be joining the SPARC team on the AHRC Collaborative project – Music, People and Place. As part of my research I will be working closely with the Sheffield based Chamber Music concert series Music in the Round. I am hoping this will allow me to further my knowledge of the running of an arts organisation in order to inform my research. I feel this studentship offers a fantastic balance of practical knowledge of classical music audiences within an academic sphere and I am excited to see where this unique blend of a practical and academic research approach can lead me in this project.