Dr George Burrows promoted to Reader

Dr George Burrows, of the University of Portsmouth‘s Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, has been appointed as a Reader in Performing Arts.

George’s research focuses on socio-political discourses in musical theatre and jazz of the interwar period, but he has also published research outside of this territory – including writing on Monteverdi and editing the first critical edition of the Cello Concerto by Charles Villiers Stanford.

More recently George conducted a practice-research project that explored reactions to early-1800s performance conventions in a performance of Handel’s Messiah that recreated a distinctive version given in Portsmouth in 1812. This research is currently being exhibited in the Faculty’s Eldon Building; see here for more details. George has also developed particular interests in performance cultures aboard ocean liners and cultures of listening that developed with technological developments in sound recording and reproduction.

George is a co-founder of the Song, Stage and Screen international conference and of the peer-reviewed academic journal, Studies in Musical Theatre. The conference now alternates annually between the US and Europe and the journal is one of Intellect’s best-selling publications with worldwide subscriptions.

In addition to his research, Dr Burrows is the Section Lead for Performing Arts, conducts the University Choir and leads the preparations for an entry to Unit of Assessment 35 in the forthcoming Research Excellence Framework.

Congratulations to George on this achievement! 

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