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Passionate About Performance: How musicians find their creative voice

Date: 01/10/2013

A new study, reported today, examines creativity in music makers and offers an insight into how musicians ‘find’ their creative voice.

The surprising results suggest that musicians may be at their most creative when not actually playing or singing. The study found that breakthrough moments of inspiration often took place while they were humming pieces to themselves, imagining dance moves inspired by the music, or tapping out rhythms on nearby furniture, rather than using their instruments.

The project is one of the major research initiatives launched in 2009 by the Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice (CMPCP), a collaboration between the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford, King's College London, and Royal Holloway, and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

The project called “Creative learning and ‘original’ music performance” was led by John Rink, Professor of Musical Performance Studies at the University of Cambridge, and the Centre's Director.

The results are being disseminated in a short new film, “Passionate about Performance,” which is released online today. Watch the film via the AHRC's YouTube channel.

Click here for further information about the AHRC Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice

Notes for editors:

  • For more information about this story, please contact: Tom Kirk, Office of Communications, University of Cambridge. Tel: +44 (0)1223 332300; Mob: +44 (0)7764 161923; Email:thomas.kirk@admin.cam.ac.uk
  • The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: ancient history, modern dance, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, English literature, design, the creative and performing arts, and much more. This financial year the AHRC will spend approximately £98m to fund research and postgraduate training in collaboration with a number of partners. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK.www.ahrc.ac.uk


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