Over the summer Music Department staff have been busy with all sorts of activities. Here's a quick roundup of what they have done and what they have been planning for the coming months.

Stephanie Pitts

I've been writing up the 'Understanding Audiences for the Contemporary Arts' project I worked on with Jonathan Gross. We both contributed to a panel on audience experience at ESCOM, alongside others who feature in my joint edited book, Coughing and Clapping. We're now preparing articles for publication; meanwhile, an article from my AHRC project on lapsed musical participants was published in International Journal of Community Music. I've been writing up this year's collaboration with Music in the Round on music and language learning, while last year's was published in Research Studies in Music Education. I also did PhD examining around the UK, gave a keynote and joined the board for the International Centre for Community Music - and became head of department!

Fay HieldFull English Weekend poster

The summer began in the studio recording Old Adam. I went to Real World for a week then continued back in Sheffield with overdubs, mixing, mastering, photos/filming and preparing sleeve notes. We are now building towards the release on 26 Feb 2016. I was also planning for The Full English weekend (23-25 Oct), exploring folk music archives. Many students are helping with organising, please get in touch if you'd like to get involved.

Adam Stansbie

The summer started with a workshop on the philosophy of human+computer music, and was followed by the EMS conference. I completed a new piece, alongside UG and PG students at Sheffield, all of which were exhibited at Chapel Walk Gallery for a month. I had numerous international and national performances (USA, Germany, Scotland, Austria, Sheffield, Birmingham, Manchester), and delivered a paper in Karslruhe.

Renee Timmers

* Preparation of the Routledge Companion to Music Cognition
Co-edited volume of 50 chapters with Ric Ashley (Northwestern University)
* Editing of issue on ‘Multimodal Experiences of Music’ for Psychomusicology: Music, Mind and Brain
* Attendance and presentation at ESCOM in Manchester. Election to be vice-president of the society.
* Examination of PhD thesis by Liz Brooker on the use of EMDR and hypnosis to reduce music performance anxiety.

Peter Hill

Recorded Bach's French Suites, for release in February (Delphian). Currently completing book on Messiaen's Catalogue d'oiseaux (Cambridge University Press) for completion later this autumn.

George Nicholson

In June I contributed a piece for vocal quartet to the 50th anniversary celebrations for the Music Department at York, and then there were trips to Berlin (SUWO) and the Latitude Festival (Rep Orchestra). I continued to teach graduate students into August, but managed to complete six of the nine movements of 'Madrigals in memory of Henri Pousseur' for Trio d'Art. I was chair of one of the adjudicating panels for the 2015 British Composer Awards.

Nicola Dibben

Highlights this summer included: completing a draft of my book on Björk's "Biophilia"; presenting research on the meanings adolescents hear in music at the ESCOM conference, and seeing many of my PhD students and Sheffield colleagues present some fantastic research; and celebrating Stephanie Bramley's PhD graduation. I also began preparing for my new (part-time) role as Director of the HRI which starts this month.

Kathleen van Buren

Continued work on Make Arts for a Better Life (co-authored with Brian Schrag), a guide to using the arts for practical purposes within communities. Attended the SEM-ICTM Forum on ""Transforming Ethnomusicological Praxis through Activism and Community Engagement"" in Limerick, Ireland.

Adrian Moore

My latest work, Counterattack won the Musica Viva prize in Portugal. I'm invited to Lisbon in May 2016 to give concerts and talks. After successfully hosting the EMS conference in June, my 4th CD, 'sequences et tropes' came out. I managed to complete my book for Routledge publication Jan 2016. I am currently writing new pieces for performances in Montreal and Brussels. Wordpressed my website. Had my car remapped to 170bhp (probably).

Dominic McHughDominic McHugh on BBC Breakfast News

I completed work on an article for Journal of the American Musicological Society and finished commissioning chapters for The Oxford Handbook of Musical Theatre Adaptations. I also completed a proposal for The Complete Lyrics of Alan Jay Lerner, which will appear in the year of his centenary. I spent time working on a BBC documentary on My Fair Lady and appeared on BBC Breakfast News to talk about the 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music.

Dorothy Ker

Lots of composing - I revised 'Onaia' (performed in April by Fidelio Trio) ready to send to NZTrio, started a new piece for Stroma ensemble which is a commission to celebrate the 100th anniversary of NZ composer Douglas Lilburn, and finished 'Tactus' for solo guitar which will be performed on 16th November by Dylan Lardelli. I've also started exciting new collaborations with an astrophysicist, a group of architects, and guzheng player Shu Jiang.

Andrew Killick

Extending the earlier research that led to my 2013 book on the Korean composer Hwang Byungki (which has now been published in Korean translation), I've written a 10,000-word article on "Composition at the Intersection of East and West" for the forthcoming Routledge Handbook on Asian Music: Cultural Intersections. I'm now preparing to start a semester of study leave which I'll spend writing a textbook for world music teaching.

Tim Shephard

I completed editorial work on a book about the makers and users of music books before 1600, and a special issue of the music/art history journal Imago Musicae. I also worked with BMus student Patrick McMahon on a SURE project about the representation of music in Renaissance art, work which they presented at a conference in Brussels and have written up for publication. Meanwhile I oversaw A-level results week as Admissions Tutor for Music.

Simon KeefeMozart book cover - Simon Keefe

I published two edited books in early September 2015: Mozart Studies 2, with Cambridge University Press, and Mozart, published by Ashgate. In addition to seeing these volumes through to publication, I continued work on my major 220,000-word volume for Cambridge University Press, Mozart in Vienna, 1781-1791: the Final Decade.

Simon Keegan-Phipps

I have spent much of this summer carrying out research in various forms as part of my Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project, Digital Folk. The project looks at the many ways in which folk arts participants engage with digital technology in the course of their folk activities. Cinzia Yates and I conducted participant observation at two leading folk festivals and unleashed upon the folk world *The Digital Folk Survey*.

Victoria Williamson

Completed my 'Music & dementia’ project with Lost Chord & submitted an AHRC grant for a music & dementia network. Finalised two grants on earworms & spontaneous cognition. July in residence at the School of Advanced Study. Gave 4 public talks (UoL,Harrogate Festival,Royal Society, Also Festival) & interviews for BBC & Radio 4. Submitted two papers; published two more on pitch memory and musical imagery. Completed Radio 3 'Why Music?' concert & attended ESCOM 2015. Finally, I got married.

* Waves images by Poolpeggy (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], and Johntex~commonswiki assumed (based on copyright claims). [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons.