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RMA Student Committee

The RMA Student Committee liaises between the wider student body and the RMA, acting as a voice for students in the RMA and taking an active role in shaping and promoting student-related activities of the RMA.

Who we are

The RMA Student Committee is led by the two RMA Student Representatives. It also includes up to four Ordinary Student Members, the Membership Development Officer, the Student Liaison Officer and the Trustee.

Student members of the committee are elected at the RMA Research Students’ Conference. Members usually stand for two years.

What we do

Our work includes canvassing students for their opinions on RMA-related student matters, fielding issues raised by students, promoting the RMA in our departments and helping organise the annual Research Students’ Conference.

If you have an idea for something the RMA could do for students, or if you want to raise any other issues, please contact one of our student representatives.

Student Representatives

Patrick Huang (January 2019 – January 2021) (preferred), (official)

Patrick graduated from the University of New South Wales, Australia in 2016. He then moved to the U.K. where he currently studies ethnomusicology at SOAS, University of London and King’s College, London. His research focuses on a comparison between the historical origin and philosophical background of Graeco-Roman and Sinospheric music systems.

Because of the interdisciplinarity of research interest, Patrick’s biggest hobby is joining various study groups and discussing with scholars of different academic background. Besides this, Patrick is also a ‘for-fun’ composer and arranger; he has mainly composed soundtracks for indie games and singers.

Ashley Westmacott (January 2020 – January 2022)

Ashley Westmacott is a second year PhD by Practice candidate at the London College of Music in the University of West London. Ashley’s research interests take her on an interdisciplinary journey through performance based methodologies, to explore gendered narratives in Debussy’s flute music.

Outside of performance and academia you can find Ashley enjoying time walking her dog and being an active member of the Women’s Institute.

Ordinary Student Members

Photograph of Elizabeth HuntElizabeth Hunt (January 2019 – January 2021)

Elizabeth Hunt is a first year PhD student at University of Liverpool. Her research focuses on music from moving image media (film, television and video games) and its recontextualisation into the live concert environment. She completed her MRes studies in 2017 with Dr Giles Hooper and Dr Paul Turowski, this involved research into video game music concerts, a previously uncharted area of study.

Photograph of Sio Pan LeongSio Pan Leong (January 2020 – January 2022)

Sio Pan Leong is a PhD candidate and tutor of an undergraduate course on 19th- and 20th-century music history at the University of Edinburgh. He received scholarships and completed his BFA Music at the National Taiwan University of Arts and MMus Musicology at the University of Edinburgh. He is interested in the concept of dreams as it intersects with philosophy and the arts, especially literature and music of the Romantic tradition.

Pan’s master’s dissertation explores the reflection of Taoist dream-philosophy on the notion of life and death in Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde; while his PhD project, funded by the Macau government, focuses on the aesthetic and psychoanalytic investigation of Schubert’s ‘dreamlike’ music. Besides, he is an occasional thereminist.

Student Liaison Officer

Susan Bagust

Communications Officer

Ellen Falconer
Ellen Falconer is currently a doctoral student at Royal College of Music, London. Ellen’s research focusses on pianist-composer Alfredo Casella, and Italian Modernist piano music during the Fascist regime. Unlike the music of other dictatorial regimes, the music of Fascist Italy has undergone little scrutiny. Alfredo Casella (1883-1947) was heralded as the leader and hero of Italian Modernism by musical peers and academics alike, yet little scholarship exists on his compositional practice, musical style, and cultural legacy. Ellen’s project looks specifically at Casella’s solo piano music, and four-hand piano music; which will be recorded throughout her programme. Ellen’s project will provide an authoritative historical and cultural understanding of how to interpret and perform Casella’s piano music, and will present the rationale for a revision as to musicologists, composers and performers’ understanding of his music.
Previously, Ellen completed her MMus in Performance at Goldsmiths, University of London; and undergraduate degrees with Honours in Music Performance and Art History and Curatorship at the Australian National University.


Matthew Sergeant


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