Dr Roger Allen

Dr Roger Allen

Dr Roger Allen is Fellow and Tutor in Music. He read music at the University of Liverpool whilst at the same time studying the organ with Noel Rawsthorne at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. Roger acts as Director of Studies for all undergraduates reading Music and is active in the college and beyond as organist, pianist and conductor.


In partnership with Stipendiary Lecturer Dr Andrew Gant, Dr Allen teaches Analysis and topics in the History of Music to first year students and Analysis and research related historical topics to second and third year students preparing for Finals. He is also active as a graduate supervisor at Masters and Doctoral level.


Roger’s research is primarily in late nineteenth and early twentieth century German and English music with special interests in Wagner and Elgar. He is a member of the Editorial Board of The Wagner Journal, to which he regularly contributes articles and reviews. His critical edition of Wagner’s seminal essay Beethoven (1870), newly translated from autograph sources, was published in October 2014.

He is also interested in analytical issues and is presently focusing on long-term structural and tonal processes in Wagner and Bruckner. His ongoing study of late nineteenth-century performance practice is fostering an interest in the development of critical methodologies for the study of historic recordings as a musicological resource. His undergraduate teaching concentrates on nineteenth and early twentieth - century music history, philosophy and aesthetics of music and analysis; he has also supervised doctoral students working on critical studies of Wagner’s late essays, issues in late nineteenth-century British music and culture and German musical works by composers contemporaneous with Wagner. 

He is currently completing an intellectual biography of the conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler to be published in the Autumn of 2017 or early 2018.