Justin Vickers

University of Surrey Scholar Award, University of Surrey - Music History, Literature, & Theory

Justin is Associate Professor of Music at Illinois State University. His research centres on music in twentieth-century Britain and Benjamin Britten in particular. He is currently writing The Aldeburgh Festival of Music and the Arts: A History of the Britten–Pears Era, 1948–1986. Together with Vicki P. Stroeher he is editing and contributing to Benjamin Britten in Context. He edited (again with Stroeher) and contributed to Benjamin Britten Studies: Essays on An Inexplicit Art. He has written on the lost ‘Epilogue’ to Britten’s ‘Holy Sonnets of John Donne’ and contributes regularly to programming for the Britten-Pears Foundation. He has written on Peter Maxwell Davies’s first two symphonies and his Antarctic Symphony in The Sea in the British Musical Imagination and elsewhere. An accomplished tenor, Justin has performed around the world from Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Kennedy Center to Beijing’s Forbidden City Concert Hall, Moscow’s International House of Music, Vienna’s Stephansdom, and Britten’s The Red House. He has lectured on Britten, Peter Pears, Michael Tippett, the English Opera Group, and the Aldeburgh Festival.