Geoff Thomason

Deputy Librarian - Royal Northern College of Music

Geoff Thomason is Deputy Librarian (Research) at the Royal Northern College of Music.  He has held several posts for IAML (UK & Irl) and is currently its Education Officer.  At international level he was Chair of the Commission on Service and Training, 2008-2014.  He has contributed several articles to Brio and in 2013 guest-edited an issue of Fontes Artis Musicae.


Geoff read music at Manchester University, where he obtained his Bacherlor’s and Master’s degrees. He is an active researcher and obtained his Ph.D. for a thesis on the Manchester career of the violinist Adolph Brodsky in the context of foreign influences on the city’s musical life in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  He was a lead researcher on the Making music in Manchester during World War 1 project, funded through the AHRC’s Everyday lives in war project.


A keen practical musician, he plays clarinet, recorders, piano and organ, has sung with several small chamber choirs.  He is active as a composer and arranger as well as an orchestral and chamber player.  He is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

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