CHOMBEC (Centre for the History of Music in Britain, the Empire and the Commonwealth) exists to encourage and provide a focal point for research into the history of music in the British Empire, in Britain, and within the West Country. Founded by Stephen Banfield in 2006 it is currently directed by John Pickard. Housed at the Victoria Rooms, CHOMBEC is located within the university’s Faculty of Arts and has developed partnerships with other centres within the faculty, as well as with a network of institutions and researchers worldwide.
Please explore these pages to find out more about our projects, events, archives, and the MA in British Music that has grown out of the Centre's work.
CHOMBEC newsletter's designer and first editor, Philip Lancaster (BA and MA Bristol Music Department), has just been awarded a British Academy postdoc to work further on Gurney in the Exeter University English Department.
The University Library has recently acquired a substantial collection of musical scores by the distinguished British composer, Robert Saxton - see the News page for further details.
CHOMBEC research student Makiko Hayasaka has just won even more research funding - see the News page for further details.
CHOMBEC’s founding director, Stephen Banfield, was interviewed on Radio 3’s Music Matters on Music and the Wesleys. Please refer to the News page for further details.
CHOMBEC is pleased to welcome two new committee members, Yvette Staelens and Steven Martin. Please refer to the News page for further details.
Music and the Wesleys edited by CHOMBEC's founding Director, Professor Stephen Banfield and Nicholas Temperley has been published by the University of Illinois Press. Please refer to the News page for further details.
Prof. Stephen Banfield has been awarded a British Academy Small Research Grant for his current research project, Music in the West Country: its social history since the late 17th century. Stephen has a work in progress report in CHOMBEC News 10:
see the Newsletter page.