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John Kefala-Kerr

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Senior Lecturer in Music

I'm a composer, sound artist, and writer. My work has been presented at festivals and venues in the UK, Europe, Japan, and the USA. I'm a past recipient of the Arts Council Dio Award, Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust Contemporary Music Prize, Volos International Composition Prize, RTS Music Award Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival Composer’s Prize, Arts Council Encore Award, and Journal Culture Award.

My output includes instrumental, orchestral, vocal, digital, multimedia and text-based works. These are often conceived in close proximity to everyday places, situations, and circumstances. My cycle of four multimedia operas (Beyond Belief) was commissioned in the wake of the Cumbrian foot and mouth crisis, and my multimedia opera (Steamsong) was created and performed during the run-up to the Scottish Independence Referendum. I've created new work in collaboration with dance and theatre practitioners, migrants and refugees, schoolchildren, marine scientists, and high-security prisoners. 

Teaching and supervision

I am Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Music (Top-Up). I have examined and co-supervised PhD submissions in music composition and sound art.


My research develops 'extended' approaches to musical composition and my writing explores the outer limits of musicology, especially the use of fiction as a critical mode.


Number of items: 31.


Kefala-Kerr, John (2017) Blood Choir: Making Music from Glucose Readings. Sounding Board, 16 (3/1). pp. 14-16. ISSN 1464-6730

Kefala-Kerr, John (2011) Reading Music: Further Adventures in Creative Musicology. Muzikas Akademijas Raksti, VIII. pp. 130-139. ISSN 2243-5719

Kefala-Kerr, John (2010) WKD2. Friction Magazine and Journal. 01-600.

Conference or Workshop Item

Kefala-Kerr, John (2015) Flawed Notes for Unsound Ears. In: BEAST FEaST, 28-30 Apr 2016, Birmingham University. (Unpublished)

Kefala-Kerr, John (2014) "Chords Blur like Polaroids in Reverse": Reading Thimio's House — a novelistic symphony in seventy chapters (and four movements). In: International Words and Music Conference, 11 - 12 Apr 2014, Maribor, Slovenia. (Unpublished)

Kefala-Kerr, John (2010) Reading Music: Further Adventures in Creative Musicology. In: 42nd Baltic Musicology Conference, 28-29 Oct 2010, Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Music Academy, Riga, Latvia.

Kefala-Kerr, John (2005) Writing Music: Adventures in creative musicology. In: Great Writing International Conference, July 2005, University of Portsmouth.


Kefala-Kerr, John (2013) Thimio's House. Perfect Edge Books, Winchester UK, Washington USA. ISBN 978-1-78279-053-2


Kefala-Kerr, John (2022) "Fray": Associate Artist Residency and Exhibition (An Tobar and Mull Theatre). 'Fray'Associate Artist residency, 01/09/22 - 31/08/23, An Tobar and Mull Theatre.

Kefala-Kerr, John (2021) Variations on a Theme of Agatha Christie. 21/10/21 - 12/03/22, National Centre for the Written Word.

Kefala-Kerr, John (2018) Book of Bells. Sonorities Festival, 18-22 April 2018, Queen's University Belfast.

Kefala-Kerr, John (2017) Blood Choir. 2016, Participatory Arts Project.


Kefala-Kerr, John (2022) Sanctuary. [Composition]

Kefala-Kerr, John (2021) "Washing the Shopping" by John Kefala Kerr. [Composition]

Kefala-Kerr, John (2020) Lockdown Diaries: The Outsider. [Composition]

Kefala-Kerr, John (2018) Arcadia. [Composition]

Kefala-Kerr, John (2014) Steamsong. [Composition]

Kefala-Kerr, John (2012) A Sign in Space. [Composition]

Kefala-Kerr, John (2011) Eight Bells: Elegy for Violin and Soundtrack. [Composition] (Unpublished)

Kefala-Kerr, John (2007) Strawberry Loop. [Composition]

Kefala-Kerr, John Book of Bells. [Composition] (Unpublished)


Kefala-Kerr, John (2018) Arcadia. [Performance]

Kefala-Kerr, John (2016) Book of Bells. [Performance] (Unpublished)

Kefala-Kerr, John (2016) Take Your Seats Performance Symposium. [Performance] (Unpublished)

Kefala-Kerr, John (2015) Grexit: Hellenic Objects in Crisis. [Performance] (Unpublished)

Kefala-Kerr, John (2014) Steamsong. [Performance] (Unpublished)

Kefala-Kerr, John (2011) Uncommercial Plainsongs of the 21st Century. [Performance]

Kefala-Kerr, John, Webster-Saraamets, Claire and Bennett, Tim (2011) Fish and the Yesterday Song. [Performance]

Kefala-Kerr, John (2001) BEYOND BELIEF. [Performance]


Kefala-Kerr, John (2018) Arcadia. Site-specific multimedia song cycle.

Kefala-Kerr, John Composing the Quotidian. UNSPECIFIED.

This list was generated on Mon Jul 22 07:05:05 2024 BST.
  • Musical composition
  • Sonic art
  • Creative musicology
  • Community and residency practice

Last updated 28 February 2024