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Sophie Fuller

Professor in Gender Studies in Music MMus Programme Leader


Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Faculty of Music
King Charles Court
Old Royal Naval College
SE10 9JF

Tel: +44 (0)20 8305 4397


Area of Work

MMus Programme Leader
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Sophie Fuller is a musicologist and writer on music. Her research interests centre around gender, sexuality and music in Britain in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries and she has published widely on women’s engagement with music and music making. Author of The Pandora Guide to Women Composers (1994), Sophie has recently edited, with Jenny Doctor, Music, Life, and Changing Times: Selected Correspondence between British Composers Elizabeth Maconchy and Grace Williams, 1927-77 (2020) as well as contributing to The Cambridge Companion to Women in Music since 1900 (2021), The Routledge Handbook of Women’s Work in Music (2022) and The Cambridge Companion to Women Composers (2023). 

Qualifications and Educational Background

Sophie studied music at King’s College, London University where she completed her doctoral thesis on ‘Women Composers during the British Musical Renaissance, 1880-1918’.  

Teaching Experiences 

Sophie’s teaching experience includes ten years of lecturing at the University of Reading.  

Creative Output 

  • Author, The Pandora Guide to Women Composers: Britain and the United States, 1629-present (1994) 
  • Co-editor / contributor, Queer Episodes in Music and Modern Identity (2002) with Lloyd Whitesell 
  • Co-editor / contributor, The Idea of Music in Victorian Fiction (2004) with Nicky Losseff 
  • Co-editor, Music, Life, and Changing Times: Selected Correspondence between British Composers Elizabeth Maconchy and Grace Williams, 1927-77 (2020) with Jenny Doctor 
  • Contributor, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians 
  • Contributor, The Oxford Companion to Music 
  • Contributor, The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography 
  • Contributor, Women Composers: Music through the Ages 
  • Contributor, Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart 
  • She has been a frequent contributor to various television and radio programmes as well as giving conference papers in the UK, the USA, France, Germany, Italy and Australia. 
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