The Cramb Lecture & Residency in Music

The Cramb Lecture and Residency in Music annually invites a visiting lecturer, pre-eminent in the field of Music, to the University of Glasgow for an inspiring series of seminars, workshops and performances.

Previous Cramb scholars have included Aaron Copland, Sir Peter Pears, George Lewis, Lydia Goehr, Susan McClary, and Thea Musgrave.

The Cramb Lecture in Music was founded in 1911 by Miss Susannah Cramb of the Hermitage, Helensburgh and in 1947 provision was made for the lecture to become an annual event.  In more recent years the format has been expanded and visiting speakers have carried out an extended residency at the University. Residencies have incorporated public performance and seminars with Music students in addition to the traditional public lecture.

LATEST: The Cramb Residency for 2020 will feature Prof. David Toop, chair of Audio Culture and Improvisation at the University of the Arts London and take place February 26th - 27th 2020.

Cramb Residency 2020

David Toop - Thursday 27th and Friday 28th February 2020

Cramb Resident 2020, David Toop performing with electric guitar & electronics at Cafe Oto

A warm welcome to David Toop, renowned experimental musician and celebrated author about all things ‘sound’ and ‘listening’, as our 2020 Cramb Resident in Music.

David Toop (born 1949) has been developing a practice that crosses boundaries of sound, listening, music and materials since 1970. This encompasses improvised music performance, writing, electronic sound, field recording, exhibition curating, sound art installations and opera. It includes seven acclaimed books, including Rap Attack (1984), Ocean of Sound (1995), Sinister Resonance (2010), Into the Maelstrom (2016), Flutter Echo (2019), and Inflamed Invisible: Writing On Art and Sound 1976-2018 (2020). Briefly a member of David Cunningham’s pop project The Flying Lizards in 1979, he has released thirteen solo albums, from New and Rediscovered Musical Instruments on Brian Eno’s Obscure label (1975) and Sound Body on David Sylvian’s Samadhisound label (2006) to Entities Inertias Faint Beings (2016). His 1978 Amazonas recordings of Yanomami shamanism and ritual were released on Sub Rosa as Lost Shadows (2016). In recent years his collaborations include Rie Nakajima, Akio Suzuki, Tania Chen, John Butcher, Ken Ikeda, Elaine Mitchener, Henry Grimes, Sharon Gal, Camille Norment, Sidsel Endresen, Alasdair Roberts, Thurston Moore, Ryuichi Sakamoto and a revived Alterations, the iconoclastic improvising quartet with Steve Beresford, Peter Cusack and Terry Day first formed in 1977. Curator of sound art exhibitions including Sonic Boom at the Hayward Gallery (2000), his opera – Star-shaped Biscuit – was performed as an Aldeburgh Faster Than Sound project in 2012. He is currently Professor of Audio Culture and Improvisation at London College of Communication.



Thursday 27th February 2020

‘Rap Attacks – Revisited’

A Seminar/ discussion session for John Williamson’s ‘Popular Music and Politics’ course.

University Concert Hall – 2pm

Open to SCCA UG and PG staff and students only: (


Cramb Concert

Una McGlone (double bass) / Sebastian Lexer (piano+) - duo
Ute Kanngiesser (cello) - solo
David Toop (electronics) / Luke Fowler (electronics) - duo

University Concert Hall – 7pm

Free but ticketed: (


Friday 28th February 2020

Listening: an Open Conversation with David Toop and guests’

Hosted by David Code, Reader in Music, University of Glasgow

Featuring a performance of 'Table Manners' by David Toop and Iain Findlay-Walsh

University Concert Hall – 5.15pm until the chat runs out

Free but ticketed: (

As befits the experimental, open, and inclusive practice of Toop as a musician and listener, our first event offers a public ‘round table’ on the theme of ‘Listening’ (to sound, music, or anything else) featuring several invited guests from within and without the University. The audience will be welcome to join in – but might prefer just to sit and listen.


List of Previous Cramb Residencies

1923 Sir Percy Carter Buck Organist and Composer; Director of Music, Harrow School
1924 Sir Henry Walford Davies Gresham Professor of Music, University of London
1925 Sir Donald Francis Tovey, FRSE Reid Professor of Music, University of Edinburgh
1926 Gustav Holst Composer; Director of Music, Morley College
1927 Henry Cope Colles Chief music critic, The Times; editor, Grove's Dictionary, 3rd and 4th editions
1928 Sir George Dyson Composer; Professor of composition, RCM; Master of Music, Winchester College
1931 William Gillies Whittaker Composer, Conductor and Musicologist; Principal, RSAMD, and Gardiner Professor, University of Glasgow
1933 Henry George Farmer Musicologist and Arabist
1934 Michel D Calvocoressi

Critic, Musicologist, and translator; scholar of Russian music

1935 Sir Donald Francis Tovey, FRSE

Reid Professor of Music, University of Edinburgh

1937 Edmund Horace Fellowes Musicologist and editor of early music; Canon of St George’s Chapel, Windsor
1939 Sir Hugh Percy Allen Conductor and Musicologist; Professor of Music, Oxford University; Director, RCM
1946 Charles Henry Phillip   
1947 Ronald Ernest Woodham


1947 Frank Howes Music Critic of The Times; President of the RMA
1948 Sir Thomas Armstrong Conductor, Composer, and Organist of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford
1949 Sir George Dyson Composer; Professor of composition, RCM; Master of Music, Winchester College
1950 Sir Steuart Wilson Singer; Director of the Arts Council of Great Britain; Director of Music for the BBC
1951 Ivor Benjamin Hugh James, FRCM Professor in the Royal College of Music, London
1951 Frederick William Rimmer Senior Lecturer in Music, Homerton College, Cambridge
1952 Frank Howes Music Critic of The Times
1953 Herbert Wiseman Scottish Music Director, BBC
1954 Herbert Kennedy Andrews Composer and Organist; Lecturer in Music at Oxford and the RCM
1955 Gordon Jacob, FRCM, HonRAM Composer and music editor; Professor at the RCM 
1956 Sydney Newman Composer and conductor; Reid Professor of Music, University of Edinburgh
1957 Erik Chisholm, DMus, FRCO Composer, pianist, conductor; Professor at the University of Cape Town
1958 Alan Douglas, MIRE, MAIEE  
1959 Thurston Dart Musicologist, conductor and performer; Lecturer in Music, University of Cambridge
1960 Sir Anthony Lewis Musicologist, conductor and composer; Professor of Music, University of Birmingham
1961 Peter Pears, CBE  
1962 Aaron Copland Composer, conductor
1963 Henry McLeod Havergal Principal of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music
1964 Keith Falkner, FRCM Director of the Royal College of Music
1965 William Mann Music Critic of “The Times”
1966 Wilfrid H. Mellers Professor of Music, University of York
1967 Hugh Tracey Director, International Library of African Music
1968 Sir Jack Westrup Heather Professor of Music, University of Oxford
1969 Peter Angus Evans, FRCO Professor of Music, University of Southampton
1970 Cedric Thorpe Davie, OBE, FRACM Reader in Music, University of St Andrews
1971 Iain Ellis Hamilton Professor of Music, Duke University
1972 Witold Lutoslawski Composer
1973 Denis Matthews, FRAM Professor of Music, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
1975 Ivor Keys, FRCO Professor of Music, University of Birmingham
1976 Luciano Berio Composer
1977 Thomas Jeffrey Hemsley Opera and concert singer
1977 Thea Musgrave Composer
1979 H. Robbins Landon Author and music historian
1985 Wilfred H. Mellers, OBE Professor of Music, University of York
1986 Alena Němcová Music Information Centre of the Czech Music Fund
1987 Peter Branscombe Author
1987 Neil FI Sorrell Senior Lecturer, University of York; co-founder, English Gamelan Orchestra
1988 Hans Tischler Emeritus Professor of Musicology, University of Indiana
1988 Peter Maxwell Davies, CBE Composer and conductor
1989 David Charlton Lecturer in Music, Royal Holloway, University of London
1989 Yuri Kholopov Moscow Conservatoire
1990 Joan Rimmer Musician
1994 Hugh J. Macdonald Musicologist; Professor of Music, Washington University, St Louis
1997 Jane Glover Conductor
2000 Richard Taruskin Musicologist; Professor of Music, University of California, Berkeley
2001 Anthony Newcomb Musicologist; Professor of Music, University of California, Berkeley
2000 Laszlo Somfai Musicologist, Bartok Institute, Budapest
2002 Leo Treitler Emeritus Professor of Music, the Graduate School, CUNY
2004 Roger Parker University of Cambridge
2005 Lydia Goehr Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University
2006 Simon Frith Tovey Professor of Music, University of|Edinburgh
2007 George Lewis Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music, Director of the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University
2012 Anne Smith Performer and musicologist; Schola Cantorum Basiliensis
2013 Katherine Bergeron & Joseph Butch Rovan Musicologist and Composer; Professors of Music, Brown University
2014 Peter Wiegold Composer and conductor; Professor of Music, Brunel University
2015 Heiner Goebbels Composer; Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen
2016 Susan McClary Musicologist; Professor of Music, Case Western Reserve University
2017 Allan Moore Professor Emeritus, University of Surrey
2018 Marianne Wheeldon Professor of Music Theory, University of Texas at Austin
2019 Jeremy Dutcher

Composer, musicologist, performer and activist

2020 David Toop

Emeritus Professor, London College of Communication