Dr. Lauren Redhead

Lauren Redhead Photo 1 Richard Lee-HairLauren is a composer of experimental music, a performer of music for organ and electronics, and musicologist who focuses on the aesthetics as socio-semiotics of music. She is Senior Lecturer in Music and Co-Director of the Centre for Practice Based Research in the Arts at Canterbury Christ Church University.

As a composer, Lauren’s music has been performed by international artists such as Ian Pace, the Nieuw Ensemble, Trio Atem, Philip Thomas, BL!NDMAN ensemble and rarescale, and she has received commissions from Yorkshire Forward, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Making Music and the PRSF for Music, Octopus Collective with the Arts Council of England and most recently from TRANSIT festival. Lauren’s music has been performed at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, the London Ear Festival, London Contemporary Music Festival, Firenze Suona Contemporanea, Composer’s Marathon V (Vienna), Full of Noises Festival, the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, and many locations throughout the UK and Europe.

A CD of Lauren’s chamber works entitled tactile figures was released on the engraved glass label in 2012. She has since released two albums with the pan y rosas discos experimental music label (Chicago) and her work ‘concerto’ featured on the debut album of the Vocal Constructivists, ‘Walking Still’ (Innova). As an organ performer Lauren is actively involved in promoting and commissioning new works for organ and electronics and graphic and open notation works for the organ. In 2013 she made her debut organ performance in North America at Wesleyan University and appeared at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

She co-curates the ‘Automatronic’ concert series for organ and electronics with Huw Morgan and Michael Bonaventure. In 2014 she gave a tour of her organ and electronics programme throughout the UK with the support of Sound and Music and in 2015 this was followed by a duet organ and electronics album with Alistair Zaldua on the sfz music label. Her written research as been published in journals such as Contemporary Music Review and New Sound, and a recent book chapter was published by Ashgate. Her co-edited volume with Dr Vanessa Hawes, Music and/as Process, will be published in 2016.

Follow Lauren on Twitter at @laurenredhead.


Contributor to ‘What now for UK academia? Twelve academics on Brexit’, 27 June 2016.