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 Áine Sheil. My master’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.