Mr Oliver Chandler

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Educational background

BMus, First Class Honours (RHUL, 2011-2014): Instrumental Scholarship; Pompilia Legge Performance Scholarship; and Alice Dougherty Chaplin Prize (Best Final Year Recital). 


MMus (Performance), Distinction (Trinity Laban, Conservatoire of Music and Dance, 2014-2015): Derek Butler Award (Countess of Munster); Lennox Berkeley Guitar Award; and Montagu Cleeve Guitar Prize.


Personal profile

Oliver is in the third year of a College Research Scholarship-supported Ph.D., supervised by Professor J. P. E. Harper-Scott. His thesis is analytical in focus, and takes Elgar's three late chamber works - the Violin Sonata, the String Quartet, and the Piano Quintet - as its subject matter. The thesis aims to answer the following question: can these works be regarded as 'modernist', in however small a way, or do they display a preoccupation with the compositional processes of the nineteenth century, which is more conservative? More broadly, it examines the ways in which these works challenge monotonality, and whether such challenges are under- or overemphasised in pre-existing scholarly and more popular literature. 

Oliver was awarded the 2017 graduate-student prize by the Society for Music Analysis. He is also a classical guitarist. He was awarded the Montagu Cleeve Guitar Prize by Trinity Laban in 2015 and was sponsored for the duration of his taught-postgraduate study at conservatoire by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust.  As an undergraduate, Oliver was an instrumental scholar, and the recipient of the Alice Dougherty Chaplin Prize for the best final year recital. In 2016, he was awarded a Junior Fellowship at the Aberystwyth Music Festival. 

Research interests

Edward Elgar; Schenkerian analysis; nineteenth-century tonality. 


Oliver is a visiting tutor in Schenkerian Analysis at Royal Holloway, University of London. He previously worked as a TA on the course 'An Introduction to Historical Musicology' (RHUL, 2016-17), as well as being academic writing mentor at the Centre for the Development of Academic Skills (CeDAS). He is interested in widening participation and disseminating research to a broader audience, working as a tutor for the Brilliant Club, in the capacity of which, he delivers university-style courses to children from non-selective state schools. His latest course was titled: 'Utopian Visions; or, what would the ideal society look like?' Outside of academia, he works as a peripatetic classical guitar teacher.


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