Published: 02 July 2020

Music PhD student receives first Wagner Society Young Lecturer Prize

Earlier this year, Music PhD. student Genevieve Robyn Arkle was awarded the first ever Wagner Society Young Lecturer Prize, for her lecture on Mahler Encountering Parsifal: The impact of Wagnerian aesthetics and the legacy of Wagner’s Parsifal on the life and works of Gustav MahlerThis lecture evaluates the influence of Wagnerian music and aesthetics on Gustav Mahler, centring around his relationship with Wagner’s final music drama, Parsifal.

Genevieve gives her speech
Genevieve Arkle

As part of her prize, Genevieve was awarded a place on the Wager Society’s Bayreuth Bursary Scheme and has the opportunity to give a public lecture hosted by the society later in the year. The lecture will also be published in Wagner News, the quarterly Wagner Society Magazine.

Her supervisor, Professor Jeremy Barham, comments: “Genevieve continues to excel in her activities as a PGR student - in teaching, research, and outreach. This prestigious and richly deserved prize recognises her talent for public dissemination of her important musicological work in the field of Wagner and Mahler studies.” 

Genevieve is a final-year PhD researcher at the University of Surrey, and her research examines both the musical parallels in Gustav Mahler’s Ninth and Tenth Symphonies to Richard Wagner’s Parsifal. She has presented her work at both national and international conferences and has had her work published in both British and European academic journals. In collaboration with colleagues at the University of Surrey, she became a Co-Founder and Deputy-Director of the Institute of Austrian and German Music Research (IAGMR.) in 2018.

Alongside her studies, she has worked as an Associate and Visiting Lecturer at the University of Surrey and City University of London. She also works as an EDI Activist and is passionate about speaking out on BAME representation in Music in Higher Education. 

Read Genevieve’s full student profile.

Learn more about studying Postgraduate Music at Surrey.  



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