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Charles Wiffen

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Personal statement

I am currently Assistant Dean (Learning, Teaching, Quality) in the College of Liberal Arts. I joined Bath Spa University as a lecturer in Music, and subsequently became Head of the Department of Music as well as Associate and Acting Dean for Music and Performing Arts. I am also Visiting Professor of Music at Shanghai University and I’m an external examiner for Trinity Laban and Kingston University. Prior to joining Bath Spa, I lectured at the Royal College of Music where I was Grove Research Fellow from 1998 until 2005. I also taught at Trinity College of Music in London. From 2008 and until 2015 I served on the Committee for NAMHE (National Association for Music in Higher Education).

I have performed extensively as a pianist in the UK, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, North America, Israel, Japan, China, Taiwan and Southern Africa. I’ve broadcast for BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM and have recorded CDs for the ROSL, Sheldon and Toccata labels. I’m a member of the London Archduke Trio and Contemporary Consort. I regularly perform and teach at summer schools such as the Dartington International Summer School and at Curso Internacional de Musica Vitoria-Gasteiz in Spain.

My research work has focused on musical transformation. I give regular pre-concert talks for a number of venues and organisations including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Wiltshire Music Centre and the Wigmore Hall.

Academic qualifications

  • BMus University of the Witwatersrand
  • MMus RCM
  • PG Diploma RCM
  • DMus RCM.

Professional memberships

  • Royal Musical Association
  • Committee member: National Association for Music in Higher Education (NAMHE).

Other external roles

  • Pianist for Contemporary Consort
  • Pianist of London Archduke Trio.

Teaching specialism

  • Nineteenth and twentieth century performance practice
  • Asthetics of performance and reception
  • Transcription, arrangement and appropriation
  • Music of the early twentieth century
  • Film music.

External examiners

  • External examiner for BMus course at Birmingham Conservatoire 
  • External examiner for PG courses at Trinity Laban, London 
  • External examiner for BMus course at Kingston University 
  • PhD examining for University of London
  • PhD examining of Royal College of Music 
  • PhD examining for University of Australia.

Current scholarship

  • Transcription, arrangement and appropriation
  • Gesture in performance.

Research and academic outputs

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Eyewitness companions: classical music
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Wiffen, C and Burrows, J (2005) Eyewitness companions: classical music. Eyewitness companions . Dorling Kindersley, London. ISBN 9781405306102


Creativity, originality, and value in music performance.
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Wiffen, C, Lisboa, T, Thompson, S and Williamson, A (2005) 'Creativity, originality, and value in music performance.' In: Deliège, I and Wiggins, G, eds. Musical Creativity: Multidisciplinary Research in Theory and Practice. Psychology Press, Taylor and Francis, pp. 161-180. ISBN 1-84169-508-4


Putting the trance into transcendental: a cross-cultural approach to virtuosity in performance
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Wiffen, C (2016) Putting the trance into transcendental: a cross-cultural approach to virtuosity in performance. In: Performance Studies Network: Fourth International Conference, 14 -17 July 2016, Bath Spa University, Bath, UK.


Vanity or heroism: tracing virtuosity across musical cultures
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Wiffen, C (2016) Vanity or heroism: tracing virtuosity across musical cultures. In: Virtuosity: Joint Symposium of the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy and ESCOM (European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music), 3 - 6 March 2016, Liszt Academy, Budapest, Hungary.


Towards an understanding of four hands: Joe Duddell’s Vaporize
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Wiffen, C (2013) Towards an understanding of four hands: Joe Duddell’s Vaporize. In: With Four Hands, 17 September - 19 September 2013, Senate House, Camden, London, England.


Anatomy of a festival: programming, reception and impact of the Bath International Music Festival (1948-2012)
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Wiffen, C (2013) Anatomy of a festival: programming, reception and impact of the Bath International Music Festival (1948-2012). In: Kingston University Research Seminar, 25 April 2013, Kingston University, Kingston-upon-Thames, London, England.


I Weave for you a Marvellous Web
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Wiffen, C (2009) I Weave for you a Marvellous Web. In: Sixth Biennial International Conference on Music Since 1900, 2-5 July 2009, Keele University.


Strauss’s Ständchen: pianistic response and legacy
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Wiffen, C (2008) Strauss’s Ständchen: pianistic response and legacy. In: Performing Romantic Music, 10-13 July 2008, University of Durham, Durham, UK.


Enesco and the class of 1896
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Wiffen, C and Vallois, N (2006) Enesco and the class of 1896. In: Music and Ideas, 2 March 2006, Royal College of Music, South Kensington, London, England.


Playing with the alter ego: control, vanity and selflessness in multi-tracking.
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Wiffen, C (2006) Playing with the alter ego: control, vanity and selflessness in multi-tracking. In: Creative Production for Classical Music.


The reflective conservatoire: teaching, learning, research
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Wiffen, C (2006) The reflective conservatoire: teaching, learning, research. In: The Reflective Conservatorie Conference, 16 February - 18 February 2006, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Barbican, London, England.


From realism to utopia: Britain expressed in the soundtracks of the GPO Films
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Wiffen, C (2005) From realism to utopia: Britain expressed in the soundtracks of the GPO Films. In: 2005 Bradford Film Festival Film Music Conference, March 2005, University of Leeds, Leeds, England.


Singing a borrowed song: appropriation and authority in changing media
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Wiffen, C (2004) Singing a borrowed song: appropriation and authority in changing media. In: Music and its Media Conference, Harvard University.


Composing at the coal face: music's role in the erosion of social idealism in the documentary films of the GPO Film Unit
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Wiffen, C (2004) Composing at the coal face: music's role in the erosion of social idealism in the documentary films of the GPO Film Unit. In: Royal Musical Association 40th Annual Conference, 12 November - 14 November 2004, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, England.


Capturing life and selling the mix: the simulation of live performance in the music video
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Wiffen, C (2004) Capturing life and selling the mix: the simulation of live performance in the music video. In: Representing Performance: Musical Recordings in Culture, 30 October 2004, Royal Holloway, University of London, London, UK.


A pianist's Bach book
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Wiffen, C (2003) A pianist's Bach book. In: Grove Forum, 2003, Royal College of Music, South Kensington, London, England.


Interpreting Gershwin: Grainger, Wild, Finnissy and himself
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Wiffen, C (2000) Interpreting Gershwin: Grainger, Wild, Finnissy and himself. In: Performance 2000, 26 April - 29 April 2000, University of Southampton, Southampton, England.


"Anarchic glee" : issues of virtuosity and operal identity in Glenn Gould's transcription of the Prelude from Die Meistersinger
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Wiffen, C (2000) "Anarchic glee" : issues of virtuosity and operal identity in Glenn Gould's transcription of the Prelude from Die Meistersinger. In: 34th Royal Musical Association Research Students' Conference, 13 - 16 December 2000, University of Exeter, UK.


World premiere of new work by Jim Aitchison
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Wiffen, C (2011) World premiere of new work by Jim Aitchison. The Barbican Centre, London, UK, 15 June 2011.


World premiere of John Woolrich's Dramolet
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Wiffen, C (2008) World premiere of John Woolrich's Dramolet. In: Stratford-upon-Avon Festival: The Contemporary Consort, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England, 13 October 2008.


The Chamber Music of Judith Weir
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Wiffen, C (2003) The Chamber Music of Judith Weir.


Hugh Wood: Chamber Music
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Wiffen, C (2009) Hugh Wood: Chamber Music.


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