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    Dr Mark Gotham

    Murray Edwards College
    Huntingdon Road
    CB3 0DF

    Bye Fellow in Music; Director of Music; Director of Studies


    Bye fellow

    Murray Edwards College is a great place to make music, with a unique mission to promote women musicians and composers (past and present), as well as modern and secular repertoires. Check out our Humanist Happenings series.

    Degrees & Honours

    Ph.D. in Music Theory, King’s College, University of Cambridge.

    MMus in Musical Composition. Royal Northern College of Music

    B.A. Music: Christ Church, University of Oxford

    Awards & Prizes

    Newton Trust Scholarship for doctoral study (Cambridge).

    A.H.R.C. scholarship for Masters study (RNCM)

    Gibbs prize for the highest score in the music, Oxford 2008

    Research Interests

    Music theory, analysis, music information retrieval


    Mark Gotham is a composer, conductor, and scholar based in Cambridge, UK. He graduated from the University of Oxford with the Gibbs prize for the highest-ranking first class degree awarded in music; from the Royal Northern College of Music with an MMus in composition (Arts and Humanities Research Council scholarship); and from the University of Cambridge with a Ph.D. in music theory (Newton Trust scholarship). His thesis was described by the examiners as 'excellent' (Alan Marsden) and 'formidable' (Robert Pascall).

    In addition to serving as Director of Music at Murray Edwards College, Mark is also College Lecturer and Director of Music-Making at Churchill College, and an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Music. He also remains active as a conductor and composer. Recent highlights include conducting principals of the LSO and Philharmonia Orchestra in contemporary music projects, and a debut disc of compositions for choirs and keyboards (and special guest celebrity narrator) which will be out soon on the Regent Records label.


    Gotham, M. and M. S. Cuthbert (2018, in press): ‘Species or Specious? On the ‘Rules’ of Intervals and Range in Early Music, in Quinn and Shanahan eds The Oxford Handbook of Corpus Study, O.U.P.

    2018 (in press): ‘Towards a Cognitively-Based Quantification of Metrical Dissonance’, in Doffman, Payne, and Young eds The Oxford Handbook of Time in Music, O.U.P.

    2018 (in press): ‘Attractor Tempos in Brahms 2/iii’, Music Theory Spectrum.

    Liang, F., Gotham, M., Johnson, M., and Shotton, J. (2017): ‘Automatic stylistic composition of Bach chorales with deep LSTM’. ISMIR 2017.

    2017: ‘Hierarchy and position usage in mixed metres’. Journal of New Musicological Research, 46/2.

    Gotham M. and I. Gunn (2016): ‘Pitch Properties of the Pedal Harp, with an Interactive Guide’, Music Theory Online, 22/4.

    2015: ‘Metre Metrics’, Music Theory Online, 21/2.

    2015: ‘Attractor Tempos for Metrical Structures’, Journal of Mathematics and Music, 9/1, 1–22.

    2014: ‘Coherence in concert programming’, International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music (IRASM), Vol. 45/2, pp.293–309.

    2014: ‘First impressions: on the programming and concert presentation of new music today’, Tempo 68/267, pp.42–50.