Music at Cambridge: then and now

Music at Cambridge: then and now

Music at Cambridge: then and now
Saturday 24 September 2022, 1.00pm to 2.00pm BST
Past event
Past event
Saturday 24 September 2022, 1.00pm to 2.00pm BST
  • University of Cambridge
A short documentary film celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Faculty of Music, its genesis, characters and culture as a vanguard of musical excellence, from its origins in the aftermath of World War II to the present.
In-person at Sidgwick | £15
Open to: 
Alumni and guests
Art and culture, Humanities
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Centred on the legacy of Professor Alexander Goehr, the documentary asks former Faculty of Music staff and students, many of whom are now illustrious composers, performers and broadcasters, what it was like to study music in the shadow of Arnold Schoenberg and Edward Dent.

It narrates the journey of the Tripos from the rigorous, skills-based focus of the 1940s to the rich and diverse outlook of the present: Gospel with countertenors, global opera, music in digital culture, historical reconstructions of 19th-century opera, Boethius, and more. It gives unprecedented personal insights, too, into the experience of some major musical figures at Cambridge, its people and environs.  

The pivot to the future will showcase an exciting outlook: fresh academic talent, innovative and cutting-edge research directions, brilliant students, and new horizons as a founding contributor to the University’s Centre for Musical Performance.


Professor David Trippett

Professor David Trippett

Professor Trippett is a musicologist and cultural historian. His research focuses on nineteenth-century intellectual history, Richard Wagner, and the philosophy of technology. Other interests include Franz Liszt and post-Classical Weimar, as well as posthumanism and musical creativity in the digital age.

In his research and teaching, he approaches music and its cultures in the widest interdisciplinary sense, incorporating perspectives of cultural and intellectual history, music theory and the history of science, and as well as mediality and the philosophy of technology.


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