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About Dr Christopher D. Lewis

My H.E. teaching portfolio is demonstrated through a range of taught and led module experience at both the University of Chester and Southampton Solent University. This includes teaching across a range of performance, musicological and theoretical courses. My teaching experience covers a diverse range of musicology areas and topics relating to both classical and popular music. In addition, I have led ethnomusicology, theory and analysis modules. Performance teaching at H.E. level includes extensive keyboard teaching along with organisation and delivery of a range of performance masterclasses and workshops. 

I lead and deliver teaching across a range of H.E. performing arts disciplines, including experience of teaching across Music Production, Music Journalism, Music Management, Dance, Drama, Performing Arts and Acting courses. This includes delivery of different formats, such as small seminars through to large lectures along with delivery of face to face, virtual, and asynchronous modes of delivery. An area of academic interest is developing strategies to help support H.E. students in developing career and professional development related skills and I specialise in introducing careers and entrepreneurship skill building opportunities into the H.E curriculum. I additionally serve as the Careers link tutor to the department of Music, Media and Performance. As an academic I continue to develop my approaches and methodologies to H.E. teaching and I work to further broaden and diversify both my teaching and research portfolios. 

My professional affiliations include as a recording artist with Naxos Records, one of the worlds leading independent record labels. As part of my discography with Naxos I have recorded a series of contemporary harpsichord recordings that have been described by Gramophone Magazine as 'pioneering'. 

I hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (PGCHE) and my work for this qualification was centred around developing strategies to help tackle issues relating to widening participation and inclusion within arts H.E. courses. Professional affiliations include as a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority, an Associate Fellow of the National College of Music and Arts, an Honorary Fellow of The Guild of Musicians and Singers, and a Ted Speaker. I have additionally served as external adviser and examiner to the University of Chichester. Academic qualifications include a Bachelor of Music from McGill (Canada), a Master of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (USA), and a Ph.D. from the University of Southampton. 

A complete list of taught H.E. module experience at both Undergraduate and Masters levels (Levels 4 - 7) can be found on my Linkedin.

Teaching

Dr Lewis delivers on many modules across the Department of Music, Media and Performance.

Current taught and led modules include:

Undergraduate:

  • Arranging and Ensemble [Module Leader] (Level 4)
  • Historical, Contextual and Analytical Studies [Module Leader] (Level 4)
  • Introduction to Popular Music Studies [Module Leader] (Level 4)
  • Introduction to the Study of Performance [Module Leader] (Level 4)
  • MMP Undergraduate Orientation [Module Leader] (Level 4)
  • Music, Harmony and Understanding [Module Leader] (Level 4)
  • Performance Practice (Piano/Keyboard) (Level 4)
  • Popular Music Practice (Level 4)
  • Enhancing your Employability through Work Based Learning (Level 5)
  • From Gagaku to Gaga and Samba to Satie [Module Leader] (Level 5)
  • Genres and Contexts [Module Leader] (Level 5)
  • Improvisation, Analysis, and Performance (Level 5)
  • Music Case Studies [Module Leader] (Level 5)
  • Music Directing & Ensemble [Module Leader] (Level 5)
  • Performance Practice 2 (Piano/Keyboard) (Level 5)
  • Developing Professional Practice [Module Leader] (Level 6)
  • Dissertation (Level 6)
  • Negotiated Study (double) (Level 6)
  • Negotiated Study (single) (Level 6)
  • Performance Practice 3 (Piano/Keyboard) (Level 6)

Postgraduate:

  • MA Performance 1 (Level 7)
  • MA Performance 2 (Level 7)
  • Major Practical Project (Level 7)
  • Mechanics of Music (Level 7)

Project Supervision:

Dr Lewis has acted as supervisor on undergraduate theses and negotiated studies. He welcomes enquiries on a range of topics including:

  • Twentieth Century Performance Practice(s)
  • Professional Development in the Arts
  • Politics and the Arts
  • The Contemporary Music Industries (classical/popular)
  • Music and Twentieth Century Popular Culture

Research

Dr Lewis has a range of research interests, which include performing practices of twentieth century harpsichord music, with a current research project documenting the role of the instrument in recorded media across the past century. This includes the role of the harpsichord in film/television soundtracks of the mid twentieth century, along with research into the rise and use of the instrument in popular music of the same period. The project will also explore the role of the instrument in a range of other contemporary media formats, such as video games, websites, and apps.

His discography for Naxos Records is a product of research work into authentic performance practices and includes recordings by a range of twentieth-century composers including Francis Poulenc, Philip Glass, Jean Françaix, and Vincent Persichetti. The next planned recording is a disc of contemporary Hungarian harpsichord music.

Guest Lectures

  • The race to recognise LGBT+ history: Liberace - University of Chester, Diversity Festival, 2021.
  • Developing Careers Support & Professional Skill Development into the Performing Arts Curriculum - University of Chester, 2020.
  • What does the Future Hold for Classical Music? - TED Talk, March 2019.
  • The Tradition of Handel’s Messiah - Storyhouse Theatre, Chester, December 2018.
  • Recording for a Major Classical Music Label - University of Chester, April 2018.
  • The Modern British Harpsichord - Chopin University, Warsaw, Poland, Winter 2016.
  • The Music of Sir Lennox Berkeley - Mottisfont Abbey, Hampshire, Autumn 2016.
  • The Harpsichord Music of Stephen Dodgson and Michael Nyman - University of Southampton, Winter 2016.
  • The Modern Harpsichord Revival - University of Southampton, Winter 2016.
  • The Revival of Early Music - Cheltenham Music Festival, Summer 2015.

Published Work

Handsome Harpsichord (Poulenc), Naxos Records: February 2020, Christopher D. Lewis (Harpsichord), Norbert Kraft & Bonnie Silver (Producers). Catalogue Number: Naxos 8.578184

Vincent Persichetti - Harpsichord Music, Naxos Records: July 2017, Christopher D. Lewis (Harpsichord), Norbert Kraft & Bonnie Silver (Producers). Catalogue Number: Naxos 8.559843

British Harpsichord Music (Howells/Bryars/Berkeley/Jeffreys), Naxos Records: March 2016, Christopher D. Lewis (Harpsichord), Norbert Kraft & Bonnie Silver (Producers). Catalogue Number: Naxos 8.573668

20th Century Harpsichord Music (Poulenc/Françaix/Durey/Martinů), Naxos Records: October 2015, Christopher D. Lewis (Harpsichord), Norbert Kraft & Bonnie Silver (Producers). Catalogue Number: Naxos 8.573364

Harpsichord Concertos (Glass/Rutter/Françaix/Ohana), Naxos Records: March 2013, Kevin Mallon (Conductor), Christopher D. Lewis (Harpsichord), John McMurtery (Flute), West Side Chamber Orchestra, Norbert Kraft & Bonnie Silver (Producers). Catalogue Number: Naxos 8.573146

The New-Fangled Clavier (Bach, Glass, Einaudi) New Mix Music: January 2010, Christopher D. Lewis (Harpsichord), Shauna Barravecchio (Producer).

Scores:

Berkeley, Lennox. Suite for Harpsichord, Edited Christopher D. Lewis. London: Chester Music, 2017.

Videos/Podcasts:

"Episode 1.3 – Christopher D. Lewis." Interview. Glissando Podcast, September 5, 2017.https://glissando.blubrry.com/2017/09/05/episode-1-3-christopher-d-lewis/.

Lewis, Christopher. "What Does the Future Hold for Classical Music?" TED. July 01, 2019. https://www.ted.com/talks/christopher_lewis_what_does_the_future_hold_for_classical_music.

Publications:

Lewis, Christopher D. (2020). The Challenges of a Modern Recording on a Pleyel Harpsichord, Harpsichord & Fortepiano, Volume 25, No. 1: 15-20. 

Lewis, Christopher D. (2019). What is The Future of Classical Music?. Fanfare: The Guild of Musicians and Singers, no. 50: 16-21. 

Lewis, Christopher D. (2016). Mr Berkeley’s Toye. Lennox Berkeley Society Journal, no. 19: 14-17. 

Lewis, Christopher D. (2017). The Harpsichord in Twentieth-Century Britain. University of Southampton, Doctoral Thesis, 335pp.

Qualifications

  • 2020: Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (PGCHE), University of Chester.
  • 2018: Fellow (FHEA) of the Higher Education Authority.
  • 2017: The University of Southampton. PhD, Musicology.
  • 2012: San Francisco Conservatory of Music (San Francisco, CA). MM, Music Performance.
  • 2009: McGill University (Montréal, Canada). B. Mus, Music Research.