Dr Brianna Robertson-Kirkland

  • Conference Administrator, Administrative Assistant (History of Art)
  • Research Assistant (Romantic National Song Network) (Scottish Literature)
  • Music Research Affiliate (School of Culture and Creative Arts)

Research interests

Brianna works as both a singer and researcher and recently completed her PhD research on the 18th-century castrato singer Venanzio Rauzzzini and his students funded by the University of Glasgow College of Arts Internship scholarship. In 2016, she gave a talk about her research at the sold out event, TEDxGlasgow, which is a locally organized event licensed by the famous TED organisation. She has sung in master classes and private lessons with early music specialists including Emma Kirkby, Nicholas Clapton and Robert Toft and regularly performs lecture-recitals at conferences and events. Her research interests span a wide variety of topics and in September 2016 she has organised an interdisciplinary workshop at the Glasgow Women’s Library which explored ‘Women and Education in the long 18th century’. Brianna was granted The Ross Fund from the University of Glasgow to allow her to do a one month research project examining the Symonds sheet music collection at the Sydney Living Museums. She will continue to research the role of music education, when she embarks on a research project at Chawton House in April 2017 supported by the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Visiting Fellowship Award.

 

 

 

 


Grants

  • 2017: Eighteenth-century Arts Education Research Network, Royal Society of Edinburgh
  • 2010–Present: Lanfine Choral Scholar, : University of Glasgow Chapel Choir
  • 2014/15 College of Arts Intern Studentship
  • 2012/13, 2013/14 & 2014/15 McGlashan Charitable Award
  • 2014: School of Culture and Creative Arts Support Award: grant towards the digitisation of 24 Solfeggi or Exercises for the Voice by Venanzio Rauzzini
  • 2012: Lanarkshire Education Award, PhD
  • 2011: Lanarkshire Education Award, MMus Historically Informed Performance
  • 2011: Edward Caird Award, College List, University of Glasgow, MMus Historically Informed Performance

Conference Grants

  • 2016: British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies conference grant, Women and Education in the Long Eighteenth Century workshop at Glasgow Women's Library
  • 2016: New Inititatives Fund Women and Education in the Long Eighteenth Century workshop at GWL
  • 2014: Chancellor's Fund, Sound Thought, Postgraduate Music Festival
  • 2014: Creative Practice Award, Sound Thought, Postgraduate Music Festival Open Day

Travel Grants

  • 2017: Stephen Copley Award, British Association for Romantic Studies, trip to London
  • 2017: British Society of Eighteenth Century Studies Chawton House Visiting Fellowship
  • 2017: The Ross Fund, College of Arts, 1 month trip to Sydney to exlpore the Stewart Symonds Collection at the Sydney Living Museums
  • 2016: University of Glasgow School of Culture and Creative Arts Research Award
  • 2015: Music and Letters Grant, trip to 1st Transnational Opera Studies Conference, University of Bologna
  • 2015: Sir Fitzroy McLean Travel Scholarship Award, University of Glasgow
  • 2015: The Friends of St Cecilia’s Hall and Museum of Instruments Bursary Award 2015 for Projects Relating to Music Pre-1820 
  • 2015: ASECS Traveling Jam Pot
  • 2015: University of Glasgow College of Arts Research Award
  • 2015: University of Glasgow School of Culture and Creative Arts Research Award
  • 2014: College of Arts Support Award: travel to London in order to research first study sources at the British Library
  • 2012: WGS Next Generation Bursary, Conference trip to Royal Music Association in Hull

Supervision


Teaching

  • Listening and Repertory
  • Opera
  • Music of Scotland
  • Music in the Long Nineteenth Century
  • Performance Practice
  • Performance (Course administrative assistant)
  • eSharp Peer Review Workshop for postgraduate students
  • Kelvingrove review, book review workshop for postgraduate students
  • Hunterian Associate programme for postgraduate students, workshop leader, 'Digital Media'

Additional Information

Blog Posts

Conference Committee

8 September 2016: Women and Education in the long 18th century, in collaboration with the Glasgow Women's Library

22 May 2014: 'Dialogue Across Decades' eSharp, 10th Anniversary Conference (General Editor)

10-12 January 2014: Sound Thought Beta (Creative Director)

Papers 

10 June 2017 Scotland 1715-1780 Literature, Culture, Art, and Music
  Lessons and the Practice of Singing: Italianisms, Fashion and the Scottish Air
28 March 2017 Sound Heritage, Sydney, Elizabeth Bay House, Sydney Living Museums
 

Music from Home: Sydney Living Museums’ Sheet Music Collections and the Scots In Australia

23 June 2016 The Lighthouse, Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities showcase
  Performance-talk: Are we all castrati?
22 June 2016 Cultural Encounters series, Cottiers Chamber Project, Alliance Française, Glasgow
  Performance-Talk: Venanzio Rauzzini (1746-1810)
3 June 2016 TEDxGlasgow, Theatre Royal, Glasgow
  TED talk: The Castrated Opera Singer
17 May 2016 Centre for 18th-century Studies Postgraduate Forum, University of York
  Paper: Venanzio Rauzzini (1746-1810): The father of a new style of English singing and a new race of singers
15 April 2016 Contested Identities Network Workshop, University of Glasgow
  Paper: The Corri Family 1770-1840: a musical dialogue between London and Edinburgh

8 March 2016

3 Minute Thesis, University of Glasgow
  Presentation: The legacy of the castrato: Venanzio Rauzzini (1746-1810)

18 September 2015

Centre for Robert Burns Studies Seminar, University of Glasgow

 

Paper: Singing lessons in 18th-century Scotland

 28 July 2015

International Society for Eighteenth Century Studies 2015, Eramus University, Rotterdam

 

Paper: Venanzio Rauzzini (1746-1810): The father of a new style of English singing and a new race of singers

12 July-18 July 2015

 Bel Canto Summer School, Irish Academy of Music, Dublin

 

A week focussing on the performance practice of singing in the bel canto style. Tutored by Emma Kirkby, Nicholas Clapton & Robert Toft

 11 July 2015

UNFIX: Festival of Performance and Ecology

 

Performance-Paper:Vibrati (with Cara Berger)

 8 July 2015

10th Biennial International Conference on Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

 

Paper: The legacy of the ‘coup de glotte’: The Case of John Braham (1774 – 1856) and Manuel Garcia II (1805 – 1906)

 1 July 2015

1st Transnational Opera Studies Conference, University of Bologna

 

Paper: Venanzio Rauzzini (1746 – 1810): The father of a new style of English singing and a new race of singers

3 June 2015:

Ingenious Impressions at the Hunterian, University of Glasgow

 

Performance talk: 'Forgotten history: the long lost voice'

26th May 2015:

"Creativity: Method or Madness", College of Arts Postgraduate conference, University of Glasgow

 

Paper: The Art of Solfeggi in early 19th century Vocal Education

19 March 2015:

American Society of Eighteenth Century Studies, Los Angeles (Funded by ASECS Traveling Jam Pot, UoG CoA   Research Award and UoG CCA Research Award)

 

Paper: Singers from the London stage: Their contributions to Scottish music concerts

22 November 2014:

Hunterian Associate Programme, University of Glasgow

 

Performance talk: 'First crusade fictions: how they inspired opera', Collaboration with Ioulia Kolovou, PhD Candidate in   Creative Writing

12 November 2014:

Historical Perspectives, University of Glasgow

 

Paper: Elizabeth Billington and Gertrud Mara –   The Rival Queens

20 September 2014:

The Burning Circle, Isle of Arran

 

Performance Walk: ‘Journey of the Shamen'

In association with Northlight Heritage and Arran   Rangers

21 February 2014:

Postgraduate Seminar, Department of Music,   University of Glasgow

 

Paper: 'Singing treatises and their function'

11 January 2014:

Sound Thought, CCA, Glasgow

 

Performance and Paper: Training a prima donna:   Exploration of singing treatises

14 November 2013:

Hunterian Associate Programme, University of   Glasgow

 

Performance and paper: ‘Reaching the high notes:   Musical and Biological aspects of singing like castrati’

11 November 2013:

Hunterian Associate Programme, University of   Glasgow

 

Paper: ‘Singing Treatises and their function’

16 May 2013:

Historical Perspectives, University of Dundee

 

Paper: ‘The Science of Singing’

22 May 2013:

Assembling Identities, University of Glasgow

 

Paper: ‘The character, the composer or the   immortal performer’ - Exploring the debut singers of well-known operatic   characters and their immortal imprint on these roles

12 April 2013:

Women and the Value of Work, University of   Glasgow

 

Paper: ‘Castrati, music education and the female   opera singer’ – Discussion of female opera singers and how they succeeded the   castrato in opera

 

Professional Affiliations

  • College of Arts Intern
  • Higher Education Academy
  • Royal Musical Association
  • British Association for Romantic Studies
  • Centre for Nineteenth Century Studies
  • British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies
  • American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies
  • The University of Glasgow Chapel Choir
  • Hunterian Associate
  • Chartered Management Institutute
  • Chair, Sound Thought 2014
  • General Editor, eSharp & The Kelvingrove Review 2013/14
  • Creator and Editor, Sound Thought Creative Practice Journal (in association with eSharp), 2013/14

Professional Recognition

  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Level 3 Award in First Line Management, Chartered Management Institutute

Additional Activities

  • 2013-Present: Peer reviewer, eSharp (University of Glasgow), The Kelvingrove Review (University of Glasgow), Skepsi (University of Kent)
  • 2016: Public Engagement Intern, Research Strategy and Innovation Office, University of Glasgow
  • 2016: Research Intern, Glasgow University's Great War: A Centenary Project, Archives, University of Glasgow
  • 2016: PGR representative for the REF working group, Music, University of Glasgow
  • 2016: PGR representative for the College of Arts Development Board, University of Glasgow
  • 2014: Research Assistant, College of Arts, Learning and Teaching Centre, University of Glasgow

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