Thanks to an extremely generous charitable donation by the Frederick Loewe Foundation, a new PhD scholarship has been set up in the Department of Music. With a value of over £55,000, the scholarship has been established to support research into the musicals of Frederick Loewe, composer of such beloved musicals as My Fair Lady, Camelot, Brigadoon and Gigi.
It will be overseen by Dr. Dominic McHugh, Senior Lecturer in Musicology and Director of Performance in the department, whose research into the Broadway musical includes the books Loverly: The Life and Times of ‘My Fair Lady’ and Alan Jay Lerner: A Lyricist’s Letters.
The scholarship has been awarded to Matthew Malone, an alumnus of the department, whose MMus degree was devoted to the reconstruction of the Jule Styne musical Subways are for Sleeping, which he conducted at the university in April 2014. More recently, Dominic and Matthew worked together on The Lost Songs of ‘My Fair Lady’ , which became a highlight of the inaugural Faculty of Arts and Humanities Festival in May 2015. International media coverage of the event reached an audience of over 50 million people.
As part of the PhD project, which Dominic will supervise, they will work on further innovative concerts, including forthcoming performances of the Irving Berlin musical Miss Liberty on 9 and 10 December and a concert of unknown Lerner and Loewe songs in May 2016. The final submission will include a thesis and critical edition of Lerner and Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon, which Matthew will conduct. During the course of his degree, he will also benefit from conducting lessons from Larry Blank, the Tony Award-nominated Broadway orchestrator and renowned conductor of BBC’s Friday Night is Music Night.