Mr James Savage-Hanford

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Educational background

MA Music - Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge (dissertation 'Investigating the 'Spanishness' of Hugo Wolf's Spanisches Liederbuch', supervisor Dr. Benjamin Walton)

MMus Musicology - Royal Holloway, University of London (dissertation 'Emic and Etic: Perspectives on the Music of Karol Szymanowski', supervisor Prof. Jim Samson)

PGDip Music Performance (Voice) - Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

Personal profile

James is an IMR-Reid Scholar, in the third year of a fully-funded PhD in Musicology, supervised by Prof. Julian Johnson. His thesis investigates philosophical, phenomenological, analytical and hermeneutic conceptions of memory and time in the music of George Enescu, and within modernity more broadly. He has research interests in musical modernism, aesthetics, and critical theory. He is also a professional classical tenor, and published translator (Polish to English).

Research interests

George Enescu; memory; temporality; phenomenology; modernism; French musical and aesthetic thought; Vladimir Jankélévitch; Gaston Bachelard; Henri Bergson; (re-)enchantment; dream & reverie; pastness; ineffability


James is a Visiting Tutor (TA) and Marking Assistant (MA) for the core undergraduate courses MU1114 A Very Short History of Music and MU1115 Introduction to Historical Musicology for the academic year 2017/18 at Royal Holloway. He was a TA & MA for MU1110 Theory and Analysis in 2016/17.

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