Professor Eric Cross
Dean of Cultural Affairs
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- Address: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences,
5th floor Daysh Building,
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU.
I was educated in Norwich and at Birmingham University, where I graduated with the degree of BMus before completing my PhD dissertation on the operas of Antonio Vivaldi under Nigel Fortune. I joined the staff of Newcastle University as Lecturer in 1978, becoming first Senior Lecturer in Music and then Head of Department. In 1994 I was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Arts, later becoming Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Cultural Affairs of the new Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Since January 2006 I relinquished the undergraduate studies portfolio to concentrate on cultural affairs.
Roles and Responsibilities
As Dean of Cultural Affairs I am responsible for fostering links between the University and the region in all areas of cultural activity, especially relating to the Great North Museum and the Hatton Gallery, as well as other areas of cultural outreach such as our concerts and public lectures series. I am also responsible for co-ordinating aspects of academic activity relating to the University’s cultural assets and for situating our cultural skills developments within the national agenda, working closely with the other four universities within the North East. I was the founding Director of the Newcastle University Institute for Creative Arts Practice and have been closely involved in the establishment of the Newcastle Confucius Institute.
I am also conductor of the Newcastle Bach Choir and director of the Newcastle Early Music Festival.
Royal Musical Association
Literary & Philosophical Society
Board member of Northern Stage and Live Music Now NE
My musicological research interests lie mainly in Italian baroque opera, especially the works of Vivaldi. I have published in many of the leading British musicological journals, and have prepared scores of several complete Vivaldi operas for performances in New York, Denmark, Germany and Poland, and in England by the English Bach and Buxton Festivals and for the Chandos and Naive recordings of Ottone in villa. I have also published on Benjamin Britten and Charles Avison.
More recently I have developed a research profile in cultural policy and have published on the contribution of Higher Education to regional cultural development, on the Great North Museum project, and in relation to Creative Fuse North East.
Cultural and creative industries
I am currently Principal Investigator for Creative Fuse North East. Led by Newcastle University in partnership with Durham, Northumbria, Sunderland and Teesside Universities and funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) along with the universities, ERDF and Arts Council England, Creative Fuse North East is researching the ‘fusion’ of creativity, culture and digital technology. It is delivered by the five North East universities, under the auspices of the North East Culture Partnership, supported by the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) and a range of businesses, stakeholders and practitioners across the Creative, Digital and IT (CDIT) sectors. It explores how the CDIT sector in the North East of England can grow and contribute more strongly to the regional economy, assessing and developing new ways of collaborative working across Higher Education and the CDIT sector to address the need for the right skills and aptitudes for a sustainable industry into the future. Creative Fuse North East seeks to be ‘regionally significant and nationally relevant’. It began on 1 May 2016 and will last for 30 months.
I was also Principal Investigator for the following research projects:
Ageing Creatively: an 18-month pilot study, funded by the MRC through the Lifelong Health and Wellbeing programme, to explore the relationship between creative arts interventions and wellbeing in later life.
The Cutting Edge: a 12-month project, funded by the JISC, bringing together different sources of information relating to several important archaeological and World Cultures collections within the Great North Museum and the wider Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums collections.
Northumbrian Exchanges: an 18-month AHRC Knowledge Exchange project focusing on the under-researched contribution of culture, particularly visual arts practice and music, to rural development and the mechanisms by which this is enacted. This brings together expertise from the School of Arts and Cultures (Music and Fine Art, particularly the Intersections research group), the Centre for Rural Economy, and the Creative Economy Unit within the Business School.
Co-Curate North East: an 18-month project within the AHRC Digital Transformations in Community Research Co-Production Programme. Co-Curate brings together online collections, museums, universities, schools and community groups to make and re-make stories and images from North East England. It is a transdisciplinary project that opens up 'official' museum and 'un-official' co-created community-based collections and archives through innovative collaborative approaches using social media and open archives/data. The project delivers a transformative educational environment creating a rich mix of openly licenced and other data from arts and humanities, science, and medical health contexts, placing 'authoritative museums' data from professional curators alongside data from more informal contexts compiled and published in collaboration with communities.
Other current Work
Editing a book on Charles Avison
Further performing editions of Vivaldi operas
Co-ordinating research and innovation projects with the other four universities in the North East of England around the fusion of digital and creative skills within the creative economy
MUS2084 Conducting Studies
MUS2076 Opera: History, Issues, Approaches
MUS1012 Understanding Music History
MMus and PhD project supervision
- Southey R, Cross E, ed. Charles Avison in Context: National and International Musical Links in Eighteenth-Century North-East England. Oxford; New York: Routledge, 2018.
- Butt M, Cross E, Holliman N, Kempton L, Legget J, Mackenzie E, Ross H, Sapsed J, Swords J, Vallance P, Whitehurst F. Creative Fuse North East: Initial Report. Newcastle University, UK, 2017.
- Hudson M, Quentin-Baxter M, Cross E. Co-curating open community archives and collections. In: Open Educational Resources conference 2014. 2014, International Centre for Life, Newcastle upon Tyne.
- Cross E, McLean S. Something for Everyone? The Great North Museum at Newcastle University. In: Stefanie S Jandl and Mark S Gold, ed. A Handbook for Academic Museums: Beyond Exhibitions and Education. Edinburgh & Boston: MuseumsEtc, 2013, pp.220-247.
- Cross E. Edition of Vivaldi s opera 'Ottone in villa' for concert (Barbican, London), stage performances (Innsbruck and France) and CD recording (Naïve label) by Il Giardino Armonico, 2010/11 and Oxford Opera (November 2011). 2011.
- Cross E. Edition of arias from Vivaldi’s 'Ottone in villa', 'Arsilda Regina di Ponto', 'La fida ninfa' and 'Tamerlano' and liner notes for CD by Moscow Kremlin Chamber Orchestra and Julia Kogan (soprano), AUD072. 2009.
- Cross E, Pickering H. The Contribution of Higher Education to Regional Cultural Development in the North East of England. Higher Education Management and Policy 2008, 20(2).
- Cross E. Vivaldi's opera 'Tamerlano'. Edition for first US performance in Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York 2000, 348.
- Cross, Eric. Vivaldi: Ottone in villa. Edition for CD recording by Collegium Musicum 90 conducted by Richard Hickox and liner notes, Chandos CHAN 0614(2), 1-14 (notes) 1998.
- Cross, Eric. Vivaldi and the Pasticcio: Text and Music in Tamerlano. Con che soavità: Studies in Italian Opera, Song, and Dance 1580-1740, Clarendon Press. Edited by Iain Fenlon and Tim Carter, 275-311 1995.
- Cross, Eric. Death in War: Britten and the War Requiem. Ritual and Remembrance: Responses to Death in Human Societies, Sheffield Academic Press. Edited by Jon Davies, 124 - 151 1994.