Oliver Chandler

Oliver Chandler is a junior fellow at this year’s Aberystwyth MusicFest. He was awarded the Montagu Cleeve Guitar Prize by Trinity Laban in 2015 and was sponsored for the duration of his taught-postgraduate study at conservatoire by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust.   Awarded an Instrumental Scholarship to study at Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2011, he went on to win the Pompilia Legge Performance Scholarship (for the Best First Year Recital) and the Alice Dougherty Chaplin Prize (for the Best Final Year Recital), alongside his procurement of a First Class Honours Degree.  He has had masterclasses with Marcin Dylla (of the Kraków Music Academy), Gabriel Bianco and Roland Dyens (of the Paris Conservatoire), Gary Ryan (of the Royal College of Music), Alan Neave (of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) and Craig Ogden (of the Royal Northern College of Music), and studied for a Masters Degree in Music Performance (Distinction) with the acclaimed soloist, Graham Anthony Devine. He is in the first year of a College Research Scholarship-supported Ph.D., at Royal Holloway, University of London. His research centres upon the claim that the Edwardian composer and ‘Master of the King’s Musick’, Edward Elgar, was a utopian thinker and artist. Whilst primarily a musico-analytic venture, there are strong interactions throughout with a whole constellation of concepts and histories: a theoretical frame bridging musical aesthetics and architecture, science fiction, fantasy, imperialism, and masochism.