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Professor Lee Higgins Inaugural Lecture

York St John University

Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 5:45 PM (BST)

Professor Lee Higgins Inaugural Lecture

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Prof Lee Higgins

York St John University, Prof Lee Higgins will be presenting his Inaugural Lecture on Thursday 19th October 2017.


Title: The call, the welcome and the “yes”: Community music as a site for hospitable music making


Professor Lee Higgins professional work has been driven through a commitment to understand the importance of musical expression and creativity. Questions pursued through a sustained engagement of what is generally termed ‘community music’ his work has centred around its emergence as an international field of practice and scholarship and the development of theoretical explanations that can provide springboards for greater global impact. Looking back to where these inclinations first arose and how they were tackled, Professor Higgins considers the central tenets of his work such as; what is community music? What are the histories and what can we learn from them? Where are the illustrations of practice and how might we understand them? Notions of people, participation, places, inclusivity, and diversity that have helped guided his project and as the current President of the International Society of Music Education, Professor Higgins has seen the impact of this work across the music education sector. Looking back to where these questions first arose and how he tackled them Professor Higgins will offer some thoughts on his past work, the current projects he is involved in and its future potential.


Professor Lee Higgins is the Director of the International Centre of Community Music based at York St John University, York, UK.

He has held previously positions at Boston University, USA, Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, UK and the University of Limerick, Ireland. Lee has been a visiting professor at Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany and Westminster Choir College, Princeton, USA.

He received his PhD from the Irish Academy of Music and Dance, Ireland and is the President of International Society of Music Education (2016-2018).

As a community musician, he has worked across the education sector as well as within health settings, prison and probation service, youth and community, edult education, and arts organisations such as orchestras and dance.

As a presenter and guest speaker, Lee has worked on four continents in university, school, and NGO settings. He is the senior editor for the International Journal of Community Music and was author of Community Music: In Theory and in Practice (2012, Oxford University Press), co-author of Engagement in Community Music (2017, Routledge) and co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Community Music (2017).


Event timings:

5.45pm Doors open

6.00pm Event commences

7.15pm Event finishes


De Grey Lecture Theatre 


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York St John University
Lord Mayor's Walk
YO31 7EX York
United Kingdom

Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 5:45 PM (BST)

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York St John University is based in the centre of the beautiful, vibrant city of York. It offers undergraduate, postgraduate and professional study opportunities, currently to around 6000 students. 

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