Michael Allis

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Michael Allis

  • Position: Professor of Musicology
  • Areas of expertise: 19th- and early 20th-century British Music; music in Victorian and Edwardian Britain; interdisciplinary studies of music and literature; performance; reception; sketch studies.
  • Email: M.Allis@leeds.ac.uk
  • Phone: +44(0)113 343 8219
  • Location: 2.04 Music
  • Website: Researchgate | ORCID


I studied cello and piano at the Royal College of Music with Anna Shuttleworth and Peter Wallfisch, where I graduated with a first-class BMus from the University of London. Postgraduate work at King's College, London included an MMus in Historical Musicology in 1988, and the completion of my PhD thesis ('The Creative Process of Hubert Parry') in 1994. Following a range of teaching and lecturing posts (King's College London, Bedford Modern School, the Oxford Cello School, Charterhouse, Farringdon College), I became a Lecturer in Academic Studies at the Royal Academy of Music in 1994; as Senior Postgraduate Tutor at the RAM, I was responsible for overseeing academic elements of the taught postgraduate programmes. I joined the University of Leeds as a Senior Lecturer in 2006, and was promoted to a Chair in Musicology in 2015.

I have supervised several PhD projects; these have included (as lead supervisor), topics such as:

  • John Ireland's piano music (Mariko Ono, 2009)
  • Henry Wood and J.S. Bach's orchestral music (Hannah French, 2014)
  • National identity in Northern and East European Metal (Mark Deeks, 2017)
  • A reassessment of Leon Goosens (Jonathan Tobutt, 2017)
  • Musico-Literary Intermediality in Dancefloor-Driven Literature (Simon Morrison, 2018);
As co-supervisor:

  • Mindfulness for singers (Annie Czajkowski, 2019)
  • Performing contemporary cello music: defining the interpretative space (Alfia Nakipbekova, 2020)
  • Invoking music in literature: the instrumental, the sonic and the structural (Gianluca Guerriro, 2022)
As secondary supervisor:

  • Amateur music-making in the provinces in 17th-century England (Christopher Roberts, 2015)
  • Reinterpreting Brahms' Violin Sonatas (Jung Yoon Cho, 2017)
  • Arthur Sullivan and the Leeds Triennial Festival (Anne Stanyon, 2018)
  • Performing Editions of Friedrich Grutzmacher (Kate Wadsworth, 2018)
  • The single-action pedal harp (Masumi Nagasawa, 2019).
Current PGRs include Elizabeth French (reassessing the piano works of Francis Edward Bache) and Steven Moore (transcriptions of Baroque keyboard music for marimba).

I have been External Examiner for postgraduate programmes and examinations at Trinity College London, DIT (Dublin Institute of Technology), the University of Newcastle, the University of York, and the University of Durham, external marker at Imperial College, London, and particpated in the Royal College of Music's BMus Review in 2013. I have also examined PhD and MPhil theses at the University of Birmingham (2005 x2), University of Durham (2006, 2007, 2014), the Royal College of Music (2007), the University of Melbourne (2009), and the University of Queensland (2016), in addition to acting as Internal Examiner for several PhD theses at the University of Leeds.


  • MMus Performance Programme Manager