Dr Natasha Loges

Dr Natasha Loges is Head of Postgraduate Programmes and Reader of Musicology at the Royal College of Music.  Her research interests include German song, concert history, 19th-century practice research, word-music relationships, and the life and music of Johannes Brahms, and Clara & Robert Schumann. She welcomes prospective PhD and DMus candidates in these areas.

Her research has been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy. Her books include Johannes Brahms in Context (Cambridge University Press, 2019) and Musical Salon Culture in the Long Nineteenth Century (Boydell & Brewer, 2019), and Brahms in the Home and the Concert Hall (Cambridge University Press, 2014). Her monograph Brahms and his Poets: A Handbook (Boydell & Brewer, 2017), received the American Musicological Society’s Thomas Hampson Award in 2016.  Her most recently published volume is German Song Onstage: Lieder Performance in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries (Indiana University Press, Spring 2020), with Laura Tunbridge.

She has published chapters in the Cambridge Companion to the Singer-Songwriter, the Cambridge History of Musical Performance, Music & Literature in German Romanticism and the forthcoming collections Branding Western Music and Song Beyond the Nation (funded by the British Academy), as well as the journals Music & Letters, 19th-Century Music, Göttingen Händel-Beiträge and Participations.

Conference keynotes in 2019 have taken her to the University of California (The Intellectual Worlds of Johannes Brahms), Oxford (Clara Schumann and her World), Maynooth (Society for Musicology in Ireland, annual meeting) and Cornell (Performing Clara Schumann).

Natasha performs regularly as a song accompanist at venues including the Holywell Music Room, Leith Hill Place and St Johns Smith Square. She broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and reviews for BBC Music Magazine. Natasha is deeply committed to public engagement, and regularly gives talks for festivals and venues including the Southbank Centre, Wigmore Hall, the Oxford Lieder Festival and Leeds Lieder. She is a member of the TORCH-funded Oxford Song Network and a Council member of the Royal Musical Association.