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School of Arts and Media

Professor Alan Williams

Professor of Collaborative Composition


Alan Williams is a composer and writer on contemporary music and culture. He studied at the Universities of Edinburgh and Manchester and at the Liszt Academy, Budapest. His music has been performed by world leading ensembles such as the BBC Philharmonic, the BBC Singers, the Philharmonia, and Psappha, and has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, MDR (Germany), NEC (Brazil) and Bartók Rádió (Hungary). As Professor of Collaborative Composition he is leading research partnerships with theBBC Philharmonic and with contemporary music group Psappha. He is the composer of the “world’s first Northern Opera”, the Arsonists, to a libretto by Ian McMillan.



Contemporary Music

20th Century Music History

Research Interests


Artistic Collaborations

Contemporary Music and Musicology

Qualifications and Memberships

Member of Editorial Board, Contemporary Music Review