Mrs Eleanor Thackrey

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My research explores live chamber music performance in Second World War London. Using Wigmore Hall and the National Gallery as case studies, my work traces the history of chamber music performance through the war as well as contextualising this with the immediate pre-war years 1935-1939. I am interested in exploring ideas of nation and nationhood in relation to chamber music performances as well as embedding concerts in their social, cultural, economic and political contexts. Various sub-topics include audience trends, economic trends, charity concerts, nationally based concerts, chamber music at the BBC, propaganda, repertoire, new music, and ideological perspectives. 

Following undergraduate studies at the University of Sheffield, I completed a Masters degree at Royal Holloway in 2007. After two years working at an independent boys' school, I commenced PhD studies under the supervision of Rachel Beckles Willson and with the support of half a Crosslands Scholarship. I very much enjoy tutoring on both music history and ethnomusicology undergraduate modules at Royal Holloway. My wider research interests include the arts in history, British music, the ballet and performance history. 

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