Dr Annika Forkert

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Educational background

PhD Music, Royal Holloway, University of London, 2010-2014 (Thesis: 'British Musical Modernism Defended against its Devotees', supervisor Prof. J. P. E. Harper-Scott)

Magistra Artium (M.A.) Musicology and Philosophy, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, 2003-2009 (Dissertation: 'Ralph Vaughan Williams und musikalische "Englishness". Die Folgen der Anspielungen auf J. S. Bach im Epilog der vierten Symphonie', supervisor Prof Hermann Danuser), 1st class degree

HE Diplome Piano Performance and Pedagogy, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle/Wittenberg, 2001-2003 (supervisor Prof. Marco Antonio de Almeida).

Other work

Annika has worked as an author of programme notes, introductory lecturer, and translator for Bavarian Radio, Bregenz Opera Festival, Komische Oper Berlin, Potsdam Chamber Academy, Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin, et al. since 2006.

Personal profile

**This research profile reflects activities and projects undertaken between 2010 and 2015** 

Annika's research interests span twentieth-century music, British music, and women in music, using the methodologies of music analysis, history, and historiography.

From October 2015, Annika is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in Music at Bristol University, researching the musical work and collaboration of composer Elisabeth Lutyens (1906-1983) and conductor and BBC programmer Edward Clark (1888-1962). Between October 2014 and March 2015 she was a Research Fellow in Music at the University of Nottingham, where she worked with Nicholas Baragwanath in an AHRC Leadership Grant on 18th-century music pedagogy and theory. 

Her PhD thesis at Royal Holloway, entitled 'British Musical Modernism Defended against its Devotees', forged a strong theoretical bond between British music of the early to mid-twentieth century (particularly the works of Gustav Holst, Elisabeth Lutyens, and William Walton) and the concept of modernism.

She holds a degree of Magistra Artium from Humboldt-University Berlin, where she studied Musicology and Philosophy with a focus on the history of Western art music since 1700 as well as continental philosophy and aesthetics. Her M.A. dissertation examined Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Fourth Symphony and notions of Englishness. Previously, she studied piano performance and pedagogy at Martin-Luther-University Halle/Wittenberg.

She is a regular contributor to the online encyclopaedia MUGI (Musik und Gender im Internet, Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg) and an author of programme notes for various orchestras and music institutions.


Annika is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Her previous teaching has focused on Music History, Social History of Music, and Music Study Skills. Annika was a Visiting Lecturer at Leeds Trinity University in Autumn 2014, where she developed the module 'Victorian Senses' in the interdisciplinary MA programme Victorian Studies. She taught Study Skills in the Music Department at Royal Holloway in 2014/15 and was a tutorial assistant in Studies in Music History and Introduction to Historical Musicology. In Spring 2015, she was a tutor in Music Appreciation at City Lit London (adult education) and worked as an in-school tutor for The Brilliant Club (pupils at key stage 4). 

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