The Royal College of Music has been awarded three grants totaling almost £1m for new research projects launching in 2019/20.

‘Music, Migration and Mobility: The Legacy of Migrant Musicians from Nazi-Europe in Britain’ has been awarded £900,000 by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Led by RCM researcher and vocal coach Norbert Meyn, the three-year project will study the creative output of musicians who came to Britain from Nazi-ruled Europe in the 1930s and ‘40s. It will include a series of open rehearsal workshops, public performances and recordings along with a programme of archival research in the UK, Germany, Austria and the Isle of Man. Meyn will work in collaboration with two co-investigators: Peter Adey, professor of Human Geography at Royal Holloway University of London, and Nils Grosch, professor of Musicology at Salzburg University.

An additional £50,000 British Academy Knowledge Frontiers grant has been awarded to fund collaborative research between Dr Tania Lisboa and Dr Rosie Perkins at the RCM, and Dr Diana Santiago at the University of Bahia in Brazil, for a project entitled ‘Managing the psychological needs of families affected by the Zika virus: Exploring the impact of music as a social tool.’ The 18-month project will investigate the role music can have in supporting mothers to bond with small children affected by the Zika virus, and builds on the previous RCM project ‘Music and Motherhood.’

Finally, Dr Rosie Perkins has been awarded €33,000 by Dutch research funder SIA as part of a larger trans-European RAAK-PRO grant for a project examining the professional development of musicians and nurses through person-centred improvisation in hospital settings. Dr Perkins will work with musicians on the maternity wards at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, alongside researchers from Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen, The Netherlands and the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, among others. The project will include the participation of RCM alumni and students, providing them with training in working with live music in hospital maternity settings.