Mr Tim Hopkins

Post:Research Fellow (Music, Centre for Research in Opera and Music Theatre)
Location:ARTS C C110E
Email:T.Hopkins@sussex.ac.uk
Personal homepage:www.timhopkinsworks.com

Telephone numbers
Internal:8031
UK:01273 678031
International:+44 1273 678031

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Biography

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Role

From 2007 - 2012, Tim Hopkins was supported by an AHRC Research Fellowship in the Creative and Performing Arts, hosted by Centre for Research in Opera and Music Theatre, Department of Music, School of Media, Film of Music, University of Sussex.

His research focussed on some uses of digital media in relation to opera, in particular various kinds of intermedial relationships made possible by recent technology.

His three research topics explore different configurations of opera, theatre, music, contemporary theatre making, mediation and remediation, in the context of three themes. 1  TV Opera, 2 The Lost Chord, 3  Give me your blessing for I go to a Foreign Land. 

The public presentation phase of each research project has been developed in partnership with external producers: 1 (presented in 2012) with Aldeburgh Music , 2 (presented in 2010) with Opera North in Leeds and London, 3 (presented in 2009) with The Royal Opera through ROH2 and Opera Genesis.

Tim also participated as a tutor on a variety of courses, MA and BA, that relate to his research area and other professional contexts (opera, theatre making, new media, moving image.) 

Since 2012 he has continued his association with the Department, as Research Fellow in Experimental Music Theatre, a part-time role.
Research and development projects during this period: Proms Music Walk (AR commission for 11 composers and peformance, 2012 BBC Proms); Occupation (Commissions for composers to write songs responding to current events, presented online, 2014 Welsh National Opera, The Space); Land of Song (multilocation opera proposal, 2014 Welsh National Opera for Artangel 100); Cage Street Memorial (new music theatre work with Carleen Anderson and Derek Richards, 2015 Deptford Albany);  Objects at an Exhibition (mobile site specific performance at Science Museum, 6 new works responding to artfacts, 2015 Aurora Orchestra, NMC, Science Museum); Melancholy Artefacts (live and mediated performance devised with Judith Weir, R&D phase for Brighton Festival, ACCA and 1418 Now, commemorating final months of WW1); Empathy Machine (How could participatory Opera in Virtual Reality addres Conflict? R&D 2017/2018 Sussex University, CROMT, Arts Council England, & partners Glyndebourne, Victoria and Albert Museum [hosted workshops and presentation], Artists and Engineers and supprt from Oculus / Facebook; HTC / Valve software).   More about this work and his practice outside the academic sphere can be found on the website www.timhopkinsworks.com

Community and Business

Tim's Reserach Fellowship is a part-time commitment.  His professional practice in Opera and uses of digital media has continued concurrently.  The Felowship activity has related to this other practice in various ways, and vice versa.  For example, as Creative Director of BBC Proms Music Walk 2012, www.promsmusicwalk.com a site specific performance project involving new contemporary music commissions, accessed online, responding to locations, as Creative Director of Occupation - Five Songs that Shook the World, (2014-15) commissioned by Welsh National Opera and The Space. www.occupation.org.uk.  In 2016 he worked in a consultancy role with Scottish Opera towards developing their artistry in the digital realm.  In 2017 he received two R and D  commissions: Melancholy Artefacts (live and mediated performance devised with Judith Weir, R&D phase for Brighton Festival, ACCA and 1418Now, commemorating final months of WW1); Empathy Machine - How could a participatory Opera in Virtual Reality address Conflict ? - with composer Robert Thomas, with partners Sussex University, CROMT, Arts Council England, Glyndebourne, Victoria and Albert Museum, Artists and Engineers, and supprt from Oculus / Facebook; HTC / Valve software, findings presented February 2018 Victoria and Albert Museum.  He also directed Encore!, creating a staging for the concluding piece of London Sinfonietta's 50th Anniversary concert at the RFH in January 2018.