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Peter Auker

PhD student, Faculty of Arts



Peter graduated in 1980, and following the award of a PGCE entered the teaching profession, eventually becoming Head of Music in a secondary school for 20 years. He was awarded a masters degree from Sheffield University in 1994 (specialising in composition and musical analysis), and has studied composition privately with Giles Swayne.

Peter now works as a freelance pianist, accompanist, piano teacher and examiner for Trinity College of Music, combining these interests with his PhD studies at Nottingham. He is especially active in the field of musical theatre and has worked with professional artists in the West End and elsewhere. He is a Trustee of The Stephen Sondheim Society, and, among other things, is responsible for running their biennial Brush Up Your Sondheim study weekend at the Royal Academy of Music.

Teaching Summary

Undergraduate Teaching (BMus)

First Year Repertoire Studies (Opera), October 2015: preparation and delivery of seminars on Benjamin Britten (Owen Wingrave), 50 students.

Third Year Research Module on Britten and Sondheim, 2016: preparation and delivery of seminars on Benjamin Britten (Death In Venice and The Turn of the Screw), and on Stephen Sondheim (Sweeney Todd, Company, and Into the Woods). Also, related material on stage directors Jonathan Kent and John Doyle, and musical theatre composers influenced by Sondheim (Robert Lopez, Adam Guettel, and Jason Robert Brown)

Research Summary

I am researching into screen interpretations of three Britten operas: The Turn of the Screw, Owen Wingrave, and Death in Venice.

I received a Louise Dyer Award from Musica Britannica in 2015 to support my research

In January 2016 I delivered a paper at the RMA / BFE Research Students Conference (located at the University of Bangor) entitled The Prelude from Britten's Owen Wingrave: Towards a Methodology of Music/Cinematic Analysis.

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