Simon Callaghan

Email: simon.callaghan@student.rncm.ac.uk

Twitter: @simondcallaghan

Website: www.simoncallaghan.com

Previous Education

BMus (Hons) (First Class) in Performance from the Royal College of Music (London)

Thesis title

Roger Sacheverell Coke: ‘England’s Lost Rachmaninoff’: new discovery and appraisal

Supervisors

Dr David Jones (main supervisor), Prof. Barbara Kelly  (second supervisor)

Research Summary

Simon’s research is centred around the life and music of Derbyshire composer Roger Sacheverell Coke (1912-72).

While focusing on the production of new editions, performances and recordings, he is also exploring the concept of identity with reference to various aspects of the composer’s life to fully understand his work and the factors that may have contributed to his music not being more successful and widely-known.

Furthermore he will aim to set him in context with the British music scene of the mid-twentieth century, to enable a greater appreciation of his complex and idiosyncratic output.

Publications

Musical Opinion, July-September 2015: Roger Sacheverell Coke (1912-72): His Life and Music
http://www.gramophone.co.uk/blog/gramophone-guest-blog/the-discovery-of-a-long-forgotten-british-composer-pianist