Benjamin Skipp

Lecturer in Music
Faculty of Music

Dr Benjamin Skipp, MA, M.St (Musicology), D.Phil, LRSM

Benjamin received his undergraduate and graduate education in Oxford, being awarded his BA in Music (first class) in 2004. Thereafter, he was awarded the degrees of Master of Studies and DPhil in Musicology. He was a Junior Research Fellow at St Peter’s College, and Lecturer in Music at Christ Church before his appointment at Somerville.

Undergraduate teaching 

Benjamin gives tutorials to undergraduates in a range of subjects including music history, analysis, musical thought and scholarship, and keyboard skills. He is keen to tutor undergraduates with a wide range of musical interests including performance, musical scholarship and composition.


Benjamin’s doctoral work focused on musical minimalism and issues in the historiography of music in the twentieth century. He has a particular interest in the work of composer Arvo Pärt, and has given lectures at conferences and on radio on this composer. More recently he has begun to focus on a new project on Haydn’s keyboard music.

Benjamin is also active as an oboist and teaches at a number of schools around Oxford. He is an examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

  • Sospiri
    Sound Installation, Hertford Bridge of Sighs, 2013.
  • “Tone and Gesture in Haydn’s keyboard Finales in the 1770s,”
    Oxford Music Faculty Colloquia Series, October 2015
  • “Arvo Pärt’s Fourth Symphony,”
    Tempo, vol. 65 (April, 2011), pp. 80-82
  • “The Minimalism of Arvo Pärt – an ‘Antidote’ to Modernism and Multiplicity?”
    in The Cambridge Companion to Arvo Pärt, ed. Andrew Shenton (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012).
  • “Out of Place in the 20th Century: Thoughts on Arvo Pärt’s Tintinnabuli Style,”
    Tempo, vol. 63 (July, 2010), pp. 2-11.
  • Review of Alex Ross, The Rest is Noise (London, 2007),
    The Oxonian Review, vol. 7 (June, 2008).
  • Review of Robert Fink, Repeating Ourselves: Music as Cultural Practice (Oxford, 2005),
    Music and Letters, vol. 89 (February, 2008), pp. 109-112.

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