Dr Brian Inglis


Dr Brian Inglis
NameDr Brian Inglis
Job titleAssociate Professor & Director of Programmes for Music
Research institute
Primary appointmentSchool of Arts
Email addressB.Inglis@mdx.ac.uk
ORCIDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-0662-4693
Contact categoryResearcher

Biography

Biography

Brian Inglis was born in Germany of Scottish and Irish heritage. He studied at Durham University and – for his MA and PhD – City University, London. Before coming to Middlesex he taught at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, and also worked in the music publishing and authors' copyright sectors. He was admitted to the Higher Education Academy in 2011 and appointed lecturer at Middlesex University in December 2012, becoming a senior lecturer.in 2016 and Director of Music programmes in 2022. He is a board member of the Journal of the Royal Musical Association, a trustee of Nonclassical projects, a director of the Stoke Newington Contemporary Music Festival, and a steering group and scientific committee member of the international network Music, Spirituality and Wellbeing. His interests encompass musicology, composition and journalism. Brian's music has been heard at venues and festivals internationally, from the USA to South Korea, including Sonorities (Belfast), Secret Garden Party and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival as well as Music as Play (Como, Italy) and Toy Music Festival (Seoul, Korea). Broadcasts include Radios 1 & 3; BBC2; Radio Wales; Resonance FM; Bayern 2 (Germany) and Latvian TV. Performance activities have included singing, conducting and keyboard performance across a range of genres, from pop-rock (Hicks Milligan-Prophecy) to classical and experimental. Brian's music has been released on Atomicduster Records (The Good, the Bad and the Iceberg, 2006), Nonclassical  (Tangled Pipes, 2011; I hope this finds you well in these strange times, 2020) and Sargasso (Living Stones, 2017). Around 70 of his compositions and arrangements/editions are available from Composers Edition and Forton Music. Journalistic projects include articles for M magazine, The Recorder Magazine, Clarinet & Saxophone and Maestro; and notes, profiles and marketing copy for the BBC (Proms and BBC ensembles). Musicological interests coalesce around themes of genre and identity - the classical music industry and its structures, past and present; music and spirituality; music, biography and identity. Outputs include publications for Routledge, Peter Lang, Cambridge Scholars, Tempo, Revista Vortex and Religions. The Letters of Kaikhosru Sorabji to Philip Heseltine (Peter Warlock), co-edited with Barry Smith, was selected by BBC Music magazine as one of the best classical music books of 2020. 

Teaching

Director of Programme in Music

Current PGR supervision: Christiana Yiangou Rebetiko: A relational critical approach (DoS); David Etheridge Barry Gray's Music for Thunderbirds.(2nd supervisor)

Module leader, MUS3018 Music for dance, theatre and live shows

Contributor to MUS2031 Copyright & Publishing & MUS3015 Music since the 1960s

Education and qualifications

Grants

Projects

  • To Byzantium and Beyond
  • Peter Warlock research project

Prizes and Awards

External activities

Peer reviewer for Enlivening Faith
External peer-reviewer
Peter Lang

Peer-reviewing chapter abstracts

https://www.peterlang.com/document/1057455
01 Jan 2017
31 May 2019

Research outputs

Reappraising Peter Warlock's An Old Song

Inglis, B. 2024. Reappraising Peter Warlock's An Old Song. Peter Warlock Society Newsletter. (114 Spring).

Semiotics as a mode of popular music analysis and interpretation

Inglis, B. 2025. Semiotics as a mode of popular music analysis and interpretation. in: Handbook of Popular Music Methodologies Bristol Intellect.

Engaging with religious history and theological concepts through music composition: Ave generosa and The Song of Margery Kempe

Inglis, B. 2023. Engaging with religious history and theological concepts through music composition: Ave generosa and The Song of Margery Kempe. Religions. 14 (5). https://doi.org/10.3390/rel14050640

Peter Warlock: An Old Song [Preface]

Inglis, B. 2023. Peter Warlock: An Old Song [Preface]. Muenchen, Germany mph Musikproduktion Hoeflich.

Paix à la paix: Hymne, pour voix seule (Hymn for solo voice)

Alkan, C. and Inglis, B. 2023. Paix à la paix: Hymne, pour voix seule (Hymn for solo voice). Chipping Norton Composers Edition.

Etudes de concert 1

Inglis, B. 2023. Etudes de concert 1. Composers Edition.

Suite ecossaise

Inglis, B. 2022. Suite ecossaise. Composers Edition.

The cadenza of Malcolm Arnold's Second Clarinet Concerto

Inglis, B., Cigleris, P. and Harris, P. 2022. The cadenza of Malcolm Arnold's Second Clarinet Concerto. Maestro.

Charles-Valentin Alkan

Inglis, B. 2022. Charles-Valentin Alkan. London, UK BBC.

Gabriel Prokofiev: Viola Concerto

Inglis, B. 2022. Gabriel Prokofiev: Viola Concerto. Cardiff BBC.

Rehearing and rapprochement, or moustaches on the Mona Lisa?

Inglis, B. 2021. Rehearing and rapprochement, or moustaches on the Mona Lisa? The Recorder Magazine. 41 (3), pp. 95-98.

Hermetic Study

Inglis, B. 2021. Hermetic Study. Composers Edition.

As jazzy and way out as you please

Inglis, B. 2021. As jazzy and way out as you please. Clarinet & Saxophone. 47 (1), p. 56.

‘Dumped modernism’? The interplay of musical construction and spiritual affect in John Tavener and his To A Child Dancing In The Wind

Inglis, B. 2020. ‘Dumped modernism’? The interplay of musical construction and spiritual affect in John Tavener and his To A Child Dancing In The Wind. in: Boyce-Tillman, J. and Forbes, A. (ed.) Heart's ease: spirituality in the music of John Tavener Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Mein, New York, Wien Peter Lang.

Serendipity, Poetry and Play in Toy Piano composition and Four Pieces for Toy Piano

Inglis, B. 2020. Serendipity, Poetry and Play in Toy Piano composition and Four Pieces for Toy Piano. Revista Vórtex. 8 (2), pp. 1-29. https://doi.org/10.33871/23179937.2020.8.2.5

Air from Etudes de concert

Inglis, B. 2020. Air from Etudes de concert. The Recorder Magazine. 40 (2), pp. 62-65.

4 Esquisses

Inglis, B. 2020. 4 Esquisses. The Alkan Society/Composers Edition.

The Break-Up

Inglis, B. 2020. The Break-Up. Composers Edition.

Alkan's Esquisses - past, present and future

Inglis, B. 2019. Alkan's Esquisses - past, present and future. Alkan Society Bulletin.

Musical composition and mystical spirituality

Inglis, B. 2019. Musical composition and mystical spirituality. in: Boyce-Tillman, J., Roberts, S. and Erricker, J. (ed.) Enlivening Faith: Music, Spirituality and Christian Theology Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Mein, New York, Wien Peter Lang.

Four pieces for toy piano as a form of practice-as-research: serendipity, poetry and play

Inglis, B. 2019. Four pieces for toy piano as a form of practice-as-research: serendipity, poetry and play. Music as play festival: the toy piano takes the stage. Istituto Giosue Carducci, Como, Italy 06 - 07 Jul 2019

Kaikhosru Sorabji's letters to Philip Heseltine (Peter Warlock)

Inglis, B. and Smith, B. 2019. Kaikhosru Sorabji's letters to Philip Heseltine (Peter Warlock). London and New York Routledge.

Four pieces for toy piano

Inglis, B. 2018. Four pieces for toy piano. Composers Edition.

Classical music, copyright and collecting societies

Inglis, B. 2018. Classical music, copyright and collecting societies. in: Dromey, C. and Haferkorn, J. (ed.) The Classical Music Industry Abingdon, Oxon Routledge. pp. 7-31

Alkan, the 'orchestral' piano and Concerto for Piano Solo (Homage to Alkan)

Inglis, B. 2017. Alkan, the 'orchestral' piano and Concerto for Piano Solo (Homage to Alkan). Alkan Society Bulletin.

Piano Trio: for violin, cello and piano

Inglis, B. 2017. Piano Trio: for violin, cello and piano. Composers Edition.

Living Stones

Inglis, B., Keen, G. and Scobie, C. 2017. Living Stones.

The liminal zone of opera: (unaccompanied) operatic monodrama and The Song Of Margery Kempe

Inglis, B. 2016. The liminal zone of opera: (unaccompanied) operatic monodrama and The Song Of Margery Kempe. in: Campos, L. and Schopf, F. (ed.) Music On Stage: Volume 2 Cambridge Scholars.

Towards an analytical framework for graphic scores, and a proposed typology

Inglis, B. 2015. Towards an analytical framework for graphic scores, and a proposed typology. Putting the Graphic in Music – Notation, Analaysis & Performance. Senate House Library, University of London 30 Nov 2015

Highbury Fields

Inglis, B. 2015. Highbury Fields. Composers Edition.

Wedding

Inglis, B. 2015. Wedding. Composers Edition.

Concerto for piano solo (homage to Alkan)

Inglis, B. 2015. Concerto for piano solo (homage to Alkan). Composers Edition.

Verbum bonum et suave

Inglis, B. 2015. Verbum bonum et suave. Composers Edition.

Tintinnalogia

Inglis, B. and Scobie, C. 2015. Tintinnalogia. Composers Edition.

A Christmas alleluia: for SATB choir and organ

Inglis, B. 2015. A Christmas alleluia: for SATB choir and organ. Composers Edition.

Fruits of Sorabji's Indian summer: ‘Il tessuto d'arabeschi’ and ‘Fantasiettina atematica’

Inglis, B. 2010. Fruits of Sorabji's Indian summer: ‘Il tessuto d'arabeschi’ and ‘Fantasiettina atematica’. Tempo. 64 (254), pp. 41-49. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0040298210000410

Burmese pictures

Inglis, B. 2010. Burmese pictures. Composers Edition.

The song of Margery Kempe

Inglis, B. 2009. The song of Margery Kempe.

Symphony no. 2

Inglis, B., Shiel, D. and Evans, F. 2009. Symphony no. 2.

Microtonal procedures in 'Sailing to Byzantium'

Inglis, B. and Barnes, R. 2005. Microtonal procedures in 'Sailing to Byzantium'. UK Microfest 1. Riverhouse Arts Centre, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, UK 14 - 15 Oct 2005
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