Students leaving the Directorate with a postgraduate research degree are well placed to lead and manage research and development activities in a number of areas of the cultural and creative industries. This includes performance and arts industries, publishing and media. Globally, a postgraduate research qualification is usually a prerequisite for an academic career and several of our alumni are now senior academics.
Previous students have taken their research expertise and are currently working in a range of high profile settings, from world leading ensembles to writing music for leading practitioners. Others have gone forward to academic positions or found industry positions. We encourage the maintenance of links between graduating research students and their host research group and supervisor. This means the University can become part of the developing professional network that students take forward into their future careers. For example, recent graduates such as Craig Vear, Shara Rambarran and Nicola Smith have all found lecturing positions in University settings.
Dr Neil Yates (DMA Performance 2012) - Multi-instrumentalist composer, arranger and educator Neil Yates studied music at Salford University and Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He stepped out into the professional music business in 1991, as a London-based jazz trumpeter working most notably for the BBC Big Band and Johnny Dankworth Orchestra. He moved on to higher profile session musician work in 1994, performing and recording with The Brand New Heavies, Supergrass, Black Grape, Lighthouse Family, Alison Moyet, Will Young, Raw Stylus, Suggs, Matt Bianco and Robbie Williams. To address his own creative urges in 1999 Neil moved out of London and travelled the festivals of UK and Ireland for a year in a caravan, eventually settling in a North Wales beauty spot to write and record his award winning first solo jazz album "New Origins" and his new album "Five Countries", released on Edition Records November 2011. He also became much involved in Celtic music, performing, writing and arranging for traditional music legends Michael McGoldrick and Kate Rusby. As an educator Neil lectures in music at Salford University, Leeds College of Music, and previously taught at Birmingham Conservatoire, Royal Northern College of Music and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He has also receives large scale commissions as composer, including an hour long suite for brass called "Sketches of a Northern town" and two hour antiphonal suite for jazz orchestra entitled "Surroundings", nominated for British Composers Award 2011. Recently Neil returned to some commercial session work, including performances with Elbow, Katie Meluah and Rumer. He has just completed a four year Doctor of Musical Arts degree and is the winner of Arts Council Wales' Creative Wales Award 2012.
Dr Eddie Severn (DMA in performance 2009) has had a performing career spanning more than 25 years as a lead trumpet player in the commercial music world and as a soloist playing his own compositions. Severn has performed with musicians including Maria Schneider, Phil Woods, Dave Leibman, Clay Aiken, The Temptations, Kenny Rogers, The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra,and the English Symphony Orchestra. In addition to being the former lead trumpet player with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra for 6 years, he has also performed and recorded music for television, radio and theatre, as well as on numerous pop sessions and touring shows. The DMA has led him to a career as an educator, and he has been on the faculty at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Napier University in Edinburgh, Scotland, and the Birmingham Conservatoire of Music in England and is currently Director of Jazz Studies at Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania.
Dr Kim Kuok Ip (PhD in composition 2011) is a freelance composer and educator in his home city of Macao, China. His musical compositions had been selected by a handful of renowned performing artists and music groups in the past years. He had premiered his works in Hong Kong, London, and Manchester and is involved in music arrangement and production of music scores locally and abroad over recent time.
Dr Beate Peter (PhD in popular musicology 2011) is a lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University, whose research interests focus on psychology of performance, including performers (artists) and other participants (audience) in a live setting. Dr Peter applies social methods as well as psychological theory in her analysis of perception of and immersion in performance, looking not only at the individual but also the formation of communities.
Dr Nigel Clarke (DMA in Composition 2008) - Nigel Clarke studied composition with Paul Patterson at the Royal Academy of Music, where he won many awards including the Queen's Commendation for Excellence, the Academy's top award. On completion of his studies he spent a year as 'Young Composer in Residence' at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, writing music for the dance and drama departments. Back in the UK, Nigel has held a range of appointments including Composition and Contemporary Music Tutor (at the Royal Academy of Music, London), Head of Composition (at the London College of Music and Media) and Associate Composer to the world famous Black Dyke Mills Band. He has also been guest professor at the Xinjiang Arts Institute in North-West China, Associate Composer (at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall), Associate Composer (at the Band of HM Grenadier Guards) and Visiting Tutor (at the Royal Northern College of Music). More recently he became Associate Composer to Belgian brass band champions Brass Band Buizingen. He has also been elected as an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music. In 2008 Nigel was awarded the title Doctor of Musical Arts by the University of Salford. In 1997 the United States of America Ambassador (William J. Crowe, Jr.) invited Nigel to join the United States' International Visitor Leadership Programme sponsored by the US Information Agency. This offered him the unique opportunity to tour the USA in order to observe and experience different aspects of musical culture including jazz, classical and Native American music. This tour culminated in a performance of his work 'Samurai' by the 'Presidents Own' United States Marine Band. Nigel's music is extensively played and broadcast internationally, and he has received performances in Argentina, Australia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, China, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Macedonia, Norway, South Korea, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Turkey, Ukraine, the United States of America, as well as throughout the European Union. To date Nigel has had many works recorded on over 45 CDs including two critically acclaimed, dedicated discs of his music. Nigel's music is published by 'Brasswind Publications´, 'Maecenas Music´, 'Novello & Co´, 'Peters Edition' and 'Studio Music Company´.
Dr Luc Vertommen - Luc Vertommen studied music theory and practiced the cornet and the piano at the music academies of Mechelen and Willebroek. Luc completed his higher musical education at the Leuven Lemmens Institute with a triple Laureate Certificate for Trumpet, Music History and Band Conducting. Subsequently, he obtained a First Prize Chamber Music at the Brussels Royal Music Conservatory. Later, he also obtained a master's degree in Wind Band Conducting at the Leuven Lemmens institute. After his training, Luc worked with many leading Belgian (symphonic) orchestra's and ensembles as free lance trumpet player. Shortly after, he was immersed full time in the band music world: on the one hand as Brass and Instrumental Ensemble teacher at the music academy of Zaventem and as Band Conducting teacher at the Servais Academy of Halle. On the other hand as conductor of Brass Band Buizingen, of the Royal Fanfare Band 'De Berthoutzonen' of Hallaar and Delta Brass Zeeland (NL). Luc Vertommen worked with many famous soloists and composers, like Philip Sparke, Major Peter Parkes, Richard Evans, Robert en David Childs, James Watson, James Gourlay, Steven Mead, Don Lusher, Martin Winter, Ivan Meylemans, Simone Rebello, Jan Van der Roost, André Waignein, Johan Evenepoel, Stef Pillaert, Vivian Domenjoz, Richard Marshall, Jan Hadermann, Johan Verminnen, The Red Hackle Pipe Band, François Glorieux, Tom Brevik, Maurice André, Peter Roberts, David Daws, David Thornton, Pete Meechan and John Doyle.
As a cornet player Luc Vertommen was laureate at the National Soloist Contest of the then Flemish Brass Band Federation. He played with Brass Band Midden Brabant and Brass Band Willebroek.
Luc has written two books around the band music theme. He regularly arranges music for band, which is recorded on several CDs. At the moment, Luc is compiling a series of CDs and books on the history of Flemish band music, entitled 'Anthology of Flemish Band Music'. Luc Vertommen has his own publishing company, Traxon Music/Band Press, with an extended catalogue containing more than 200 original works for band by Flemish composers. Luc Vertommen is a member of W.A.S.B.E, the musical commission of the Royal Music Federation of Flemish Brabant and of the brass band commission of the Flemish Amateur Music Organisation (Vlamo).
Links with Industry
Researchers within the Salford Music Research Centre have extensive industry connections and experience of collaborating with partners within the creative industries. These include ensembles such as Black Dyke, BBC Philharmonic, and Psappha and research centre staff has had their work performed in a range of international settings from the Royal Albert Hall to The White House. Other collaborations include partnerships with local national and international festivals, ranging from the Manchester International Festival to the Copenhagen Jazz Festival. Industry links enhance the research activities of postgraduate students, to improve the quality and application of research, and to form lasting partnerships between students, academics and the external partners concerned. The need for industrial and selection of suitable partners can be discussed directly with research programme leaders and supervisors. Some students may wish to suggest potential new partners based on their existing professional collaborations and networks.