Music, Birmingham City University
My PhD thesis is an extended monograph on the Russian composer Alexei Stanchinsky (1888-1914). I am writing the first primary-source-based biography of the composer, exploring how his upbringing and education shaped his musical style, as well as how his mental illness affected his work and productivity. My work situates Stanchinsky within his social and cultural milieu and explores how his legacy was received and treated during his lifetime and throughout the 20th century. An important part of my thesis is musical analysis of Stanchinsky’s works. I identify and trace the development of the most characteristic traits of Stanchinsky’s compositional style. I am also producing case-study analyses of some of Stanchinsky’s large scale works, as well as contextualising them within the artistic and philosophical ethos of early 20th century Russia. My research will enrich the academic scholarship on late Imperial Russia, as well as provide contextual and analytical insights, enabling Stanchinsky’s significance as a composer to be more widely recognised.
Stuart, Akvilė, 'A Sick Genius? The Critical Reception of Alexei Stanchinsky', Musicology, 30 (2021), 19–33
1 February to 30 April 2021: Placement with The Brilliant Club
During the placement I worked on widening access and participation to higher education. I was able to directly engage with schools; I also worked on fundraising and publicity. I gained experience in giving feedback to my peers on their course designs, and I designed a KS2 music course and accompanying teaching resources. My course will be delivered nationally from September 2021, allowing pupils to engage with music as an academic subject from an early age. I also gained experience in interviewing prospective tutors and provided feedback to both successful and unsuccessful candidates. Furthermore, I conducted a mini research project on how to better engage with primary education sector, which included running a focus group as well as conducting independent research into the sector. My findings will be used to inform strategy and marketing in the future.
9 March 2021: Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Public Research Seminar
I presented my research findings to the public in a 30 minute presentation titled Towards a Rediscovery of Alexei Stanchinsky.