Dr 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): Montagu Cleeve Guitar Prize. 

Personal profile

Oliver is an Associate Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University. He both writes and delivers first- and second-year courses, in theory, analysis, music history, and musicology; he also tutors analysis at King's College London and Royal Holloway.

He has articles forthcoming in both Music Theory Online (MTO) and Journal for the Society of Musicology in Ireland (JSMI), as well as a book chapter in the edited collection 'Art, Music, and Mysticism in the Long Nineteenth Century’, eds. Corrinne Chong and Michelle Foot (Bloomsbury Press). He was awarded the graduate student essay prize by the Society for Music Analysis in 2017 for his Schenkerian reading of Elgar's Introduction and Allegro op. 47.

His Ph.D. thesis (passed with minor corrections) provides comprehensive analyses of each of Elgar's mature chamber works using Schenkerian, neo-Riemannian, Sonata-Theoretical, and form-functional methods. Its overriding argument is that, while the chamber works are composed of nineteenth-century musical materials, these traditional elements are often arranged in such a way that syntactic novelties arise. The original effects thus produced are discussed in relation to the aesthetic categories of early twentieth-century modernism and conservatism, which are characterised by musical processes of proliferation and integration, respectively. Analysis demonstrates that, although the latter process predominates, the interaction between both forces is often essential to the chamber music’s meaning.

He is currently researching the twelve-tone music of Humphrey Searle.

Oliver is also a keen guitarist. He was awarded the guitar-departmental performance prize during his master's studies at Trinity Laban, Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and the Alice Dougherty Prize for the best final year recital at Royal Holloway. He is a guitar teacher at Newton Preparatory School in Battersea.

Research interests

Edward Elgar; Schenkerian analysis; neo-Riemannian and transformational music theories; tonality; form

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