Laura Hamer is a cultural musicologist specialising in women in music. She holds a BA in Music from Brasenose College, Oxford, and an MA and PhD in Musicology from Cardiff University. She completed a PG Cert in Academic Practice (HE teaching qualification) at Liverpool Hope University in 2013, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is also a pianist, and holds an LRSM in Advanced Piano Performance.
Laura initially worked for the Open University as an Associate Lecturer between 2010 and 2011. She was also a Lecturer in Music at the Open University in 2011. Between 2012 and 2018 she worked for Liverpool Hope University, including four years as Head of Music. She has also taught Music at Cardiff University, Rose Bruford College, and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire of Music. She served on the Central Committee of the National Association for Music in Higher Education (NAMHE) between January 2014 and December 2016.
As a Staff Tutor, Laura oversees tuition and supports students and Associate Lecturers on a range of Music modules throughout the UK (A224, A232, and A342)
Laura’s primary research interests lie in women in music, encompassing both classical and popular traditions. Her monograph Female Composers, Conductors, Performers: Musiciennes of Interwar France, 1919-1939, was published by Routledge in 2018. She has also published articles and book chapters on a wide range of female musicians, including composers, songwriters, conductors, and all-woman orchestras, and also on Olivier Messiaen, Gerard Manley Hopkins, reception and criticism studies, and digital musicology. She is editor of The Cambridge Companion to Women in Music since 1900 (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press). Please see the Publications tab for a full list of publications.
Laura has organised a number of conferences and events. In 2013 she organised the Eighth Biennial International Conference on Music since 1900. In 2015 she organised the Women in Music since 1913 Symposium, and the same year she co-chaired Hopkins at Hope (a celebration of the time spent in Liverpool by the poet, musician, and priest Gerard Manley Hopkins) with Dr Guy Cuthbertson (Liverpool Hope University). In 2019, she co-chaired the International Women and/in Musical Leadership Conference with Dr Helen Julia Minors (Kingston University).
Laura has supervised a number of completed PhDs:
She is currently supervising projects on Cécile Chaminade and fin-de-siècle salon culture and structure in the twentieth-century English song cycle. She would particularly like to hear from potential PhD students in any area of women in music.
Laura is on the module team for A224 Inside music. She is currently authoring units for A234 Understanding Music and A113 Revolutions. As an Associate Lecturer, she tutored AA302 From composition to performance: musicians at work and AA317 Words and music. At Liverpool Hope University, she led on redesigning undergraduate and postgraduate taught provision, and acted as both BA Music and MA Music Course Leader. She has taught across a wide range of musical areas, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, including music history, analysis, aesthetics, opera studies, music theory, performance, popular music studies, study skills, and dissertation supervision (including both Music and Music Education projects). In 2018 she was awarded a Hope Star Award for Innovation in Teaching (student-led teaching award) by Liverpool Hope University’s Students’ Union.
Laura regularly participates in outreach events, pre-concert and public talks specifically related to women in music/female composers. She is a member of the Advisory Council for Donne: Women in Music, www.drama-musica.com/Donne.html