Annika Forkert

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in Music

University of Bristol

Annika's research interests span twentieth-century music, British music, and women in music, using the methodologies of music analysis, history, and historiography.

From October 2015, Annika is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in Music at Bristol University, researching the musical work and collaboration of composer Elisabeth Lutyens (1906-1983) and conductor and BBC programmer Edward Clark (1888-1962). Between October 2014 and March 2015 she was a Research Fellow in Music at the University of Nottingham, where she worked with Nicholas Baragwanath in an AHRC Leadership Grant on 18th-century music pedagogy and theory.

Her PhD thesis at Royal Holloway, entitled British Musical Modernism Defended against its Devotees, forged a strong theoretical bond between British music of the early to mid-twentieth century (particularly the works of Gustav Holst, Elisabeth Lutyens, and William Walton) and the concept of modernism.

She holds a degree of Magistra Artium from Humboldt-University Berlin, where she studied Musicology and Philosophy with a focus on the history of Western art music since 1700 as well as continental philosophy and aesthetics. Her M.A. dissertation examined Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Fourth Symphony and notions of Englishness. Previously, she studied piano performance and pedagogy at Martin-Luther-University Halle/Wittenberg.

She is a regular contributor to the online encyclopaedia MUGI (Musik und Gender im Internet, Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg) and an author of programme notes for various orchestras and music institution