Hello and welcome! I am a music researcher at the University of Oxford. My current book project is a group biography of four women composers, Ethel Smyth, Rebecca Clarke, Dorothy Howell & Doreen Carwithen.
The posts that you’ll find on my blog will mostly be about music history – mainly about the twentieth century, and often about women in music.
I hope you’ll join me as I travel through these traces of music history. I’d love to hear your thoughts on posts, so please feel free to comment! If you’d like to subscribe to my mailing list for monthly updates, then you can sign up here. If you want to hear more about my research, then head over to my Media page, which has links to radio and TV recordings as well as articles. I’m a BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinker, so I’m frequently on the BBC talking about my research.
Alongside my academic work I present a podcast, Notes on Notes, which you can access here. I’m active as a journalist writing on the arts – I won the 2015 Observer/Anthony Burgess Prize for Arts Journalism with an article on Sibelius, available here, and founded The Oxford Culture Review, a website dedicated to arts and humanities research communication.
To contact me, please email me at leah.broad[at]chch.ox.ac.uk. I am always happy to talk to journalists and broadcasters, for anything from light-hearted classical music to in-depth programmes. My specialisms are:
19th & 20th century music history
Women in music
Nordic culture (19th and 20th centuries)
If you would like me to run a communication and outreach workshop or talk for your university, then please email me at the above address with an outline of the type of workshop you are interested in (e.g. writing research blogs, academic writing for radio).