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SOAS doctoral students awarded Ethnomusicology prize

Two SOAS doctoral students have been jointly awarded the 2015 British Forum of Ethnomusicology Student Prize.  Cassandre Balosso-Bardin and Deirdre Morgan, who are both active performers of traditional music, were awarded the prize for the best BFE student paper delivered at the BFE/SFE Conference in Paris in July.

2nd September 2015

NSS 2015 2 SOAS tops London institutions for teaching, according to students

Results of the 2015 National Student Survey (NSS), released today, show that students at SOAS, University of London are highly satisfied with ‘Teaching on my course,’ with an above average rating of 89%.

12th August 2015

British Academy elects four SOAS scholars for outstanding research

Four SOAS, University of London scholars have been elected Fellows of the British Academy for 2014/15.

17th July 2015

Honorary Fellows 2015 SOAS honours Grammy award-winning musician and two distinguished scholars, one a Nobel Prize-winning author, at Graduation Ceremonies

SOAS honours two distinguished figures from academia, sinologist Dr Frances Wood and Nobel Prize-winning author J M Coetzee, and Grammy award-winning musician Toumani Diabaté at 2015 Graduation Ceremonies

19th June 2015

World music at SOAS: learn to play an instrument this summer

The SOAS, University of London World Music Summer School returns this year with an array of workshops, taster sessions and master classes from Senegalese Sabar Drumming to Buddhist Chants from Japan.

17th June 2015

Pieces of the musical world New textbook from SOAS ethnomusicologists explores series of musical worlds

A new ethnomusicology textbook has been produced by the world-renowned Department of Music at SOAS, University of London.

20th May 2015

Critically acclaimed band that met at SOAS release new album

Portico, the three piece band that met at SOAS, University of London, has released its latest album Living Fields.

8th April 2015

CALL FOR PAPERS for the International Conference “Music, Art and Spirituality in Central Asia”

CALL FOR PAPERS for the International Conference “Music, Art and Spirituality in Central Asia”, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, October 29, 30 and 31 2015.

17th March 2015

Fiesta dies pesos SOAS Musicology Series receives its 53rd entry from notable alumnus

The SOAS Musicology Series has published its 53rd volume, a book on gay identity and the Cuban music scene by SOAS alumnus Dr Moshe Morad, a Lecturer in ethnomusicology and Head of Israeli radio music station 88FM/IBA.

17th March 2015

SOAS student stages fourth International Bagpipe Day

A PhD student in SOAS’ Department of Music has just organised the fourth consecutive International Bagpipe Day.

13th March 2015

Da Kali Teaching Students Trio Da Kali offer unique experience to SOAS students

Malian musicians Trio da Kali participated in a series of special events for SOAS students last week. Trio da Kali have been in residency at the SOAS Music department, in collaboration with the Aga Khan Music Initiative (AKMI). 

3rd March 2015

SOAS music student receives acclaim for original composition

Philip Alexander, PhD student in SOAS’ highly regarded Department of Music, has received acclaim for an original score he and his band, Moishe’s Bagel, composed to accompany a 1930s Soviet propaganda film ‘Salt for Svanetia.’

19th February 2015

SOAS Music Department first in UK for research outputs

The UK’s only Music department specialising in world music has been recognised for ‘world-leading’ research and ‘outstanding impacts’ in the 2014 the Research Excellence Framework.  

18th December 2014

SOAS’ School of Arts among UK elite for research quality

The research of the School of Arts at SOAS, University of London, has been ranked in the UK top ten in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. The quality of its research outputs was especially highly regarded, that of the Department of Music being placed first nationally and that of the Department of History of Art and Archaeology fourth.

18th December 2014

toumaniandsidiki Album produced by SOAS academic nominated at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards

Dr Lucy Durán, Senior Lecturer in African Music, has produced an album that has been announced as a nominee in the ‘Best World Music Album’ category of the 57th Annual Grammy Awards.

10th December 2014

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