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David Beard  BA (Hons) Dunelm, MMus (theory and analysis) KCL, DPhil Oxon

Dr David Beard BA (Hons) Dunelm, MMus (theory and analysis) KCL, DPhil Oxon

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I specialise in contemporary music working in particular on post-1945 British composers including Judith Weir, Harrison Birtwistle, Michael Finnissy, Peter Maxwell Davies and Simon Holt. More generally I'm interested in musical creativity, avant-garde music, experimental music theatre and opera, Steve Reich, and popular music.

My book Musicology: The Key Concepts (Routledge, 2005; revised and expanded 2016), which I co-authored with Kenneth Gloag, reflects the learning environment at Cardiff, especially the current MA course in Music Studies and its predecessors in Musicology, and in Music, Culture and Politics.

I have been an invited speaker at public events throughout Europe, the UK and the USA, and contributed programme notes, essays and articles for the London Sinfonietta, BBC Proms, Music Theatre Wales, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Grand Théâtre Genève, London Southbank, and numerous international music festivals, including Aldeburgh, Bregenz, Cheltenham, Salzburg, and Wexford Opera.

I am a Trustee and Member of the Editorial Board of Music & Letters (Oxford University Press) and a member of the Advisory Board for the book series 'Theory and Analysis of Music Since 1900' (Routledge).



  • Beard, D. 2021. Musicology's crises of identity. In: Radovanovic, B. et al. eds. Shaping the Present through the Future: Musicology, Ethnomusicology, and Contemporaneity. Institute of Musicology SASA, pp. 13-36.

















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My research is focussed on intersections between archival, analytical, creative and critical-theoretical perspectives on post-1945 concert music, experimental music theatre and opera. I have published widely on contemporary British concert music and opera, and am currently writing the first book on the music of Judith Weir (Master of the Queen's Music).

I am Director of Research for the School of Music.


My Undergraduate teaching is focused on music since c. 1890 to the present and embraces a range of historical, cultural, political and music-analytical perspectives on European cultural centres (The Birth of Modernism), and the varied topography of British music since 1900 (Topics in Musicology 2B). I devised a module on Ambient music (Sounded Out) and supervise dissertations on a range of topics, including popular music, concert programming, and experimental contemporary art music.

My Masters teaching has included seminars on academic reading and writing, sketch studies, early modernism, ecomusicology, music and race, ethnicity and identity.

PhD topics I have supervised include the emergence of the avant-garde in West Germany in the 1940s, virtual bands and vocaloids, and the music of Pavel Haas.


I studied music at Durham University (1990-93) before completing an MMus in music theory and analysis at King's College London (1993-4), and a DPhil at the University of Oxford on the early instrumental music of Harrison Birtwistle (2000).

Halcyon summer breaks during my first degree were spent working in London at the National Sound Archive, and for The Musical Times. I was later employed by Macmillan Publishers as an assistant editor on the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1994-5). I held a scholarship at the Paul Sacher Foundation, Basel, in 1999, and was appointed Lecturer in Music at Cardiff University in 2000.

Anrhydeddau a dyfarniadau

2021   Cymrodoriaeth Ymchwil Ymddiriedolaeth Leverhulme (18 mis)

2020    Gwobr Ruth Solie am 'yr erthygl fwyaf rhagorol ar bwnc mewn cerddoriaeth Prydain' a gyhoeddwyd yn 2018 a 2019, a ddyfarnwyd gan Gymdeithas Astudiaethau Cerddoriaeth Prydain Gogledd America (NABMSA)

2016    Cymrodoriaeth Absenoldeb Ymchwil (blwyddyn academaidd lawn), Prifysgol Caerdydd

Gwobr y Gronfa Datblygu Dadansoddi Cerddoriaeth 2014    , Cymdeithas Dadansoddi Cerddoriaeth

2013    Cymrodoriaeth Absenoldeb Ymchwil (semester yr Hydref), Prifysgol Caerdydd

Gwobr Diana McVeagh 2013    am y Llyfr Gorau ar Gerddoriaeth Prydain, NABMSA

Gwobr Cydweithio Rhyngwladol 2010    , Prifysgol Caerdydd

Gwobr Gwyliau Ymchwil AHRC 2008    

Gwobr Cerddoriaeth a Llythyrau 2006    , i gyflwyno papur mewn cynhadledd yn UDA

2005     Grant Ymchwil Bach yr Academi Brydeinig

Aelodaethau proffesiynol

Cymdeithas Astudiaethau Cerddoriaeth Prydain Gogledd America

Safleoedd academaidd blaenorol

Tiwtor ar gyfer Eglwys Crist, Coleg yr Iesu, Neuadd Sant Edmund a Sant Pedr, Prifysgol Rhydychen.

Pwyllgorau ac adolygu

Director of Research (2017-)

Director of Postgraduate Research (2014-16)

Subject Lead (Music) for Cardiff University on the Creative and Critical Practice Panel of the AHRC funded South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership consortium (2014–16)

Director of the MA in Musicology programme (2009–13)

Director of Undergraduate Admissions (2003–8, January–May 2011, and July 2012)

Convener of the John Bird Guest Lecture Series, School of Music (2000–08)