Music at Brunel University London  Informed by the past, grounded in the present, focused on the future.

Musicbru is a blog dedicated to the activities and information pertinent and ever-so-lightly impertinent to the music department. Concerts, conferences, competitions, and other useful information gets hand picked and presented in one easy to find virtual kiosk.  Enjoy!


Music at Brunel focuses clearly on the present, and looks creatively toward the future. We offer two undergraduate programmes, firmly oriented toward the music of the 20th and 21st centuries: BA (Hons) in Music; BMus (Hons) in Composition. At postgraduate level we offer an MA in Experimental Music, by research, the MPhil and PhD. Music at Brunel views music of the past through the prism of contemporary musical activity, providing a strong base of knowledge and craft to enable students to be flexible, skilful and creative 21st-century musicians. Comments from a recent NSS survey shows that our students feel equipped with the tools to learn and to develop as young creative artists.

Exceptional staff

Staff include some of the leading figures in today’s contemporary music: composers Dr John CroftProfessor Christopher Fox, Dr Colin Riley and Dr Jennifer Walshe; ensemble music innovator and improviser Professor Peter Wiegold, musicologist Dr Nicholas Attfield, jazz musician Frank Griffith, composer and electronic music expert Dr Carl Faia.

Flexible, original courses

Whether you are interested in performing, composing, or studying the music of today, whether using traditional instruments or new technologies, Brunel offers a programme which will provide you with both the necessary professional skills and a rigorous academic grounding.

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What they say

I couldn’t have found a more exciting and stimulating music department for my undergraduate studies! Every member of the faculty sits at the forefront of their practice, whilst also having incredible insights into the vast musical ocean of the last century. I discovered so many new areas of music thanks to Brunel, and would recommend the department to anyone serious about pursuing a life in music. Be prepared to open your ears and have them scrubbed clean!

Cameron Michael Graham


Cameron Michael Graham, BA Music 2013

The openness of the course encouraged experimentation and let me create music I would never have imagined otherwise.
Phil Maguire

Phil Maguire, BMus Musical Performance 2012

Associated Ensembles/Artists



pianocircus have been Associate Ensemble at Brunel since 2004, giving seminars for student composers and participating in modules for performance/composition.. This has enabled the group to rehearse and prepare for performances from a studio base, as well as giving them the opportunity to work with postgraduate composition students through workshops and involving them in Calls for works. They have also been able to develop and expand their relationships working with resident composers such as Colin Riley and Peter Wiegold and invited guest composers such as Graham Fitkin, Philip Mead, Lynne Plowman, Andrew Morgan, Philippe Kocher and Clarence Barlow. In 2010 they are involved in PhD projects leading to performance and ongoing input into the level 2 composition module.

In 2010 the ensemble celebrated their 20th anniversary with the 20in09 festival, supported by Arts Council England and PRS Foundation for New Music. Within the festival they curated two events in partnership with Brunel, introducing Errollyn Wallen with Brunel’s Jazzbridge for a workshop and performance at Oxford House and Peter Wiegold’s notes inégales ensemble at Hoxton Hall. Piano Circus also managed and produced a large-scale education project across schools in Aberdeen and the Highlands for sound festival, joined by Brunel tutor Colin Riley as composer-mentor for student compositions. They are the new 2010 Associate Ensemble for Young Composer of Dyfed.                          pianocircus on YouTube


Apartment House

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Apartment House was created by the cellist Anton Lukoszevieze in 1995. Under his Direction it has become a venerable exponent of avant-garde and experimental music from around the World. Apartment House’s performances have included many UK and World premieres of music by a wide variety of composers. Notable portrait events have featured composers Jennifer Walshe, Christian Wolff, Gerhard Stäbler, Luc Ferrari, Dieter Schnebel, Christopher Fox, Laurence Crane, Michael Parsons, James Clarke, Helmut Oehring, Clarence Barlow, David Behrman, Philip Corner, and Richard Ayres. The Apartment House ensemble is of flexible instrumentation, allowing for a vast range of performance possibilities.

Here is the new Apartment House 20 Years brochure Apartment House 20 Years





Distractfold is a young and exciting ensemble that are establishing themselves as a strong, fresh, and daring voice in the UK music community. The group specializes in instrumental, acousmatic, and hybrid music of the 21st century, written by composers of this new generation.

Distractfold holds a quarterly residence at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation in Manchester, where they produce richly diverse programmes of new music from around the world. Through these concerts, Distractfold have been able to invite numerous composers to work with them, such as Steven Kazuo Takasugi, Hanna Hartman and Marek Poliks to name a few and have given UK and world premieres of works from composers such as Pierluigi Billone, Santiago Diez-Fischer and Michelle Lou. Distractfold and the IABF have also hosted guest performances from artists such as the Mivos Quartet, the Noise Upstairs, Wet Ink Ensemble and Lê Quan Ninh.