Transmitting Musical Heritage


Music is a cultural product of society, a sonic reflection of ideologies and behaviours – a performative heritage.  When musical sound passes from player-to-player, or player-to-audience, we question what of this cultural meta-data travels with it, and how.  Combining the expertise of three community partners and academics from the University of Sheffield the research addresses the motivations of organisations, musicians, audiences and communities; the opportunities and barriers to the implementation of ideals, and the outcomes of engaging in musical activity.  We are interested in the duality of approach to community and music – as music made by communities and as community made through music.


The Community Partners are Arts on the Run, Babelsongs, and Soundpost Community Network.  These organisations represent the range of musical experience occurring in Sheffield from asylum seeking musicians, to long term residents with roots elsewhere, to British folk traditions.


The research is enabled by an AHRC Connected Communities: Research for Community Heritage grant and running February 2013-January 2014. Outputs include community music events, a transmission day and this website to convey our findings, alongside academic articles and conference presentations.