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Alessandra Palidda


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I trained as a classical singer and a musicologist in Milan before moving to Cardiff in 2013 to pursue a PhD Historical Musicology under the supervision of Prof David Wyn Jones and Prof Clair Rowden. I earned my PhD in 2018 with a project on music, warfare and political change in Northern Italy between Habsburg and French republican regimes (1790-1802). I also undertook projects on music, print culture and media in Milan in the second half of the nineteenth century and up to WWI, especially in relation to the Sonzogno publishing house. I published and disseminated my research extensively in both English and in Italian. In cooperation with the Conservatorio "Giuseppe Verdi" of Milan, I'm also currently involved in a research group on music at the transnational courts of Lombardy (Habsburg-Este and Napoleonic).

I have been Graduate Tutor, Associate Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Music (especially social history of music, opera studies, methodology of musicological research and repertoire studies) at the universities of Cardiff, Trinity St David, Oxford Brookes and Sheffield. I also remained an active and enthusiastic musician, singing with the BBC National Chorus of Wales and the Oxford Bach choir, and pairing up with my research and teaching activities with festival production and assistance (e.g., at Dartington International Summer School, Brecon Baroque and Baroquestock).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

Postgraduate Diploma, PCTHE (Postgraduate Certificate of Teaching in Higher Education)

15 Jan 202030 Jul 2021

Award Date: 30 Jun 2023

Doctor of Philosophy, Historical Musicology

1 Oct 201330 Sept 2017

Award Date: 12 Jun 2018

Master of Arts, Musicology

1 Oct 201010 Apr 2013

Award Date: 10 Apr 2013

Bachelor of Arts, Cultural and musical Heritage

1 Oct 200714 Jul 2010

Award Date: 14 Jul 2010

Bachelor of Music, Singing, Conservatorio "Giuseppe Verdi" of Milan

1 Sept 200228 Sept 2007

Award Date: 28 Sept 2007

External positions

Associate Lecturer in Music, Oxford Brookes University

1 Sept 2023 → …

Teaching Associate in Opera and Identity, The University of Sheffield

23 Jan 202322 Sept 2023

Research Centre Administrator, Oxford Brookes University

1 Dec 202231 Aug 2023

Lecturer (from 2020, Senior Lecturer) in Music, Oxford Brookes University

3 Sept 201831 Aug 2023

Associate Lecturer in Italian Repertoire and Language for Music, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

1 Jun 201831 Jul 2019

Associate Lecturer in Music, Cardiff University

15 Sept 201731 Jul 2018

Graduate Tutor in Music

1 Oct 201430 Jun 2017

Teaching Associate in Italian , Cardiff University

15 Sept 201430 Jun 2018

Areas of expertise

  • M Music
  • Transnationalism
  • Urban musicology
  • Music and the French Revolution
  • Music and Napoleon
  • ML Literature of music
  • D204 Modern History
  • NE Print media


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