Prof. Simone Krüger Bridge

Liverpool John Moores University

Presenter Profile

Simone is a Professor in Cultural Musicology at Liverpool John Moores University, UK, with specialisms in educational ethnomusicology, music, globalization and capitalism, guitar music cultures in Paraguay, and the social value of music. She is the author of Experiencing Ethnomusicology (2009) and Trajectories and Themes in World Popular Music: Globalization, Capitalism, Identity (2018), and editor of The Oxford Handbook of Global Popular Music (2021), The Globalization of Musics in Transit: Music Migration and Tourism (2014) and Ethnomusicology in the Academy: International Perspectives (2009). Simone is the Founding Editor of the Journal of World Popular Music, book series editor of Equinox’ Transcultural Music Studies, editorial board member for three music journals, and has previously served as co-editor of Ethnomusicology Forum. Her current research explores the social value of music, with specific focus on Liverpool Cathedral’s egalitarian music outreach programme.

Harmony in Diversity:

Unveiling the Inherent Societal Contributions of Liverpool Cathedral’s Egalitarian Music Outreach Programme in the Liverpool City Region

Liverpool Cathedral makes a substantial contribution to society through its music outreach programme with highly positive impacts on the Liverpool city region that it serves. This is the focus of impactful research that aims to illuminate the societal contributions of Liverpool Cathedral’s expansive music outreach programme, spanning the transformative period since the Covid-19 pandemic to the present. Building on extensive data collection over four years (2020-2024), I am investigating the programme’s far-reaching positive impacts on the Liverpool City region, emphasizing its pivotal role for music education and social mobility, social capital and belonging, beauty and emotion, and spiritual wellbeing. The research contributes valuable knowledge for academic and non-academic audiences to the intersections of music, community and place, fostering a deeper understanding of how Liverpool Cathedral’s music outreach continues to shape and enrich the diverse fabric of the Liverpool City region. Of particular significance is the exploration of how the music outreach programme has become a linchpin for fostering music education and social mobility, bridging gaps and providing opportunities for individuals in the community. Moreover, the study delves into the programme’s role in cultivating social capital and a profound sense of belonging, transcending the boundaries of musical appreciation to forge deeper connections within the community. By examining the ongoing impact of Liverpool Cathedral’s music outreach, this paper delves into examples of the impact of Liverpool Cathedral’s music outreach programme, providing a template for other institutions seeking to make meaningful contributions to their communities through the transformative power of music.

Simone’s research is funded by the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust and Liverpool John Moores University.

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