Tom Service appointed music professor at Gresham College12:49, 6th June 2018
Tom Service has joined Gresham College’s music professorship, which dates back to 1597.
As Gresham professor of music, the journalist and BBC presenter will deliver free public lectures, which will be live-streamed and made available on YouTube. His first lecture series will begin a three-year exploration of the history and nature of listening.
‘It’s the greatest thrill and privilege to join the Gresham faculty and to be part of the college’s mission to communicate the excitement of the latest music thinking and research to the widest possible audience,’ said Service.
‘I hope that this investigation of ‘a history of listening’ will engage, entertain, and educate audiences in the hall and online, and I look forward to starting out journey in the autumn.
Sir Richard Evans, provost of Gresham College, said: ‘I am delighted to welcome Tom Service as the next Gresham professor of music. His ability to engage audiences and make them hear and think about music in new ways is second to none.
‘He has a vast knowledge of the discipline, both academically and practically, and speaks with real authority to a wide variety of audiences.’