Dr Paul Archbold

Position: Reader
School: Perf and Screen Studies
Email: P.Archbold@kingston.ac.uk
Extension: 65243
Location: Room KH CC 1003, Coombehurst Court, Kingston Hill

Educational and professional qualifications

1998 PhD in Composition , University of Durham
1986 M.Mus. in Composition , Universiy of London
1985 B.Mus , Universiy of London

Professional experience (post-1990)

1996-2003 Lecturer, Department of Music, University of Durham
1993-1996 Lecturer, Department of Music, University of Huddersfield
1992 Teaching Fellow in Composition, University of Sheffield


Britten Pears Foundation: commission for "a little night music"
City of Munich/Munich Biennale: commission for "Traces"
DFG Films (for Channel 4): commission for "Blood matters: the circle"
Optic Nerve: commission for "Visions of Blake"
Southern Arts: commission for "Arachne"
Yorkshire Arts: commission for "Recoil"

Professional activity

Paul Archbold is a composer of works featuring acoustic instruments and live electronics. His compositions have been performed by several of the leading exponents of contemporary music in the United Kingdom including the Kreutzer String Quartet, Gemini and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and have been broadcast in Australia, Finland, Norway, Lithuania, Mexico, Germany and Great Britain. He has held lectureships at the universities of Huddersfield and Durham and was Chairman and Artistic Advisor of the Musicon concert series in Durham.

"Wind-Up: chamber music by Paul Archbold and Fabrice Fitch" was issued on the METIER label to enthusiastic critical review and nominated for a Gramophone Critics’ Choice for 2000.

Recent works include: "Traces", commissioned by the City of Munich and the ‘Freunde des Nationaltheaters’ for the programme KLANGSPUREN of the Münchener Biennale – International Festival for New Music Theatre, "a little night music", commissioned by Christopher Redgate with funds from the Britten Pears Foundation, "Gauge Symmetries", commissioned by Peter Sheppard Shaerved, and "Recoil", commissioned by Peter Hill with funds from Yorkshire Arts.

He is active as a performer of live electroacoustic works, and has recorded Brian Ferneyhough’s "Time and Motion Study II" for cello and live electronics with Neil Heyde (cello), to be issued on the Metier label.

Research outputs

Number of items: 14.


Archbold, Paul [Composer] (2009) Fluxions. (music).

Archbold, Paul [Composer] (2006) Companion of angels: a celebration of William Blake. (cello, viola and vocal combination). Optic Nerve.

Archbold, Paul [Composer] (2005) Coronae. (music).

Archbold, Paul [Composer] (2005) Songswarm. (music).

Archbold, Paul (2004) Recoil. (piano tape combination). score and compact disc. (Unpublished)

Archbold, Paul [Composer] (2004) a little night music. (music).

Archbold, Paul [Composer] (2002) Gauge symmetries. (violin solo). Score. (Unpublished)

Archbold, Paul [Composer] (2002) Haar. (music). (Unpublished)

Archbold, Paul [Composer] (2000) Aurium. (music). BMIC.

Conference or Workshop Item

Redgate, Christopher [Performer] and Archbold, Paul (2015) Spectral morphology in performance. In: Reflective conservatoire conference 2015 : Creativity and changing cultures; 26 Feb - 01 Mar 2015, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Moving Image/Broadcast

Archbold, Paul [Producer], Lefeber, David [Cinematographer] and Casken, John [Interviewee] (2014) John Casken in conversation with Paul Archbold. (podcast films).

Archbold, Paul [Director] and Still, Colin [Director] (2011) Arditti Quartet. (podcast films).

Heyde, Neil [Performer], Archbold, Paul [Performer], Still, Colin [Director] and Ferneyhough, Brian [Composer] (2007) Brian Ferneyhough documentary 'Electric Chair Music'. (Documentary).

Sound Recording

Redgate, Christopher [Performer] and Archbold, Paul [Performer] (2014) Electrifying oboe. (Music). Morpeth, U.K. : Metier. 2 CDs.

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