Robert Adlington is Queen’s Anniversary Prize Chair in Contemporary Music at the University of Huddersfield and was previously Professor of Music at the University of Nottingham. He is the author of The Music of Harrison Birtwistle (CUP, 2000), Louis Andriessen: De Staat (Ashgate, 2004), and Composing Dissent: Avant-garde Music in 1960s Amsterdam (OUP, 2013) amongst many other publications. His research seeks to delineate critically the relationship between progressive musicians‘ creative practice and their socio-political commitments in their complex and sometimes contradictory dimensions. His main project currently examines the relation of music and democracy and is preparing a monograph provisionally entitled Musical Models of Democracy. Robert is also involved as a senior researcher on the ERC-funded project Interactive Research in Music as Sound (IRiMaS), and editing a new volume on New Music Theatre, 1955-1975.