Brian Inglis was born in Germany of Scottish and Irish heritage. He studied at Durham University and – for his MA and PhD – City University, London. Before coming to Middlesex he taught at Trinity College of Music, and also in the music publishing and authors' copyright sectors. He was admitted to the Higher Education Academy in 2011 and appointed lecturer at Middlesex University in December 2012. His interests encompass composition, musicology and criticism. Brian's music has been heard at the Sonorities Festival (Belfast), Huddersfield Festival, Spitalfields Festival, Guildford International Festival, Greenbelt, Bestival, Secret Garden Party and I Kärlekens Namn (Sweden); also London's South Bank Centre, Riverside Studios, Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, King's Place and St John's Smith Square, as well as in Italy and the USA. Broadcast performances include Radios 1 & 3; BBC2; Radio Wales; Resonance FM; Bayern 2 (Germany) and Latvian TV. Performance activities have included singing, conducting and keyboard performance across a range of genres; from 2003 to 2007 he was a member of the electro-indie band Hicks Milligan-Prophecy, who supported The Fall and Alabama 3. His music has been released on Atomicduster Records (The Good, the Bad and the Iceberg, 2006), Nonclassical (Tangled Pipes, 2011; I hope this finds you well in these strange times, 2020) and Sargasso (Living Stones, 2017). Journalistic projects include articles and criticism for M magazine, The Recorder Magazine and Clarinet & Saxophone; and notes, profiles and marketing copy for the BBC (Proms and BBC ensembles). Musicological interests coalesce around overarching issues of genre and identity - the classical music industry and its structures; music and spirituality; music, biography and identity. Outputs include publications for Routledge, Peter Lang, Cambridge Scholars, Tempo and Revista Vortex. The Letters of Kaikhosru Sorabji to Philip Heseltine (Peter Warlock), co-edited with Barry Smith, was selected by BBC Music magazine as one of the best classical music books of 2020.
Brian offers PhD supervision in the following areas:
Piano Trio, commissioned by Peter Fribbins for the Aquinas Trio at the London Chamber Music Society. King's Place, 28/1/2018. Published Composers Edition 2018
Living Stones, piano music album released on Sargasso SCD28081 (2017)
A Christmas Alleluia, commissioned by Bedford School for their carol services on 4 & 6/12/2015. Published Composers Edition 2015.
Embodied Monologues, Maynooth University Ireland, March 2017: ‘The liminal zone of opera: unaccompanied operatic monodrama and The Song of Margery Kempe'
Music and Spirituality – Symposium launching the Tavener Centre for Music and Spirituality, Winchester University, November 2016: ‘Music, Mysticism and Ecstasy'
Moving Performances: exploring the politics and spaces of voice and unruly emotions, Oxford University, June 2016: 'The Song of Margery Kempe' (short paper with audiovisual illustrations)
Ideopreneurial Entrephonics: A Festival of Sound Art and Electronic Instruments, Dublin (Trinity College at Freemasons' Hall), April 2016: 'The first modular synth? Reinterpreting Russolo's Intonarumori in the 21st century'
Inglis, Brian (2020) ‘Dumped modernism’? The interplay of musical construction and spiritual affect in John Tavener and his To A Child Dancing In The Wind. In: Heart's ease: spirituality in the music of John Tavener. Boyce-Tillman, June and Forbes, Anne-Marie , eds. Music and Spirituality, 11 . Peter Lang, Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Mein, New York, Wien. ISBN 9781788747486
Inglis, Brian (2020) Serendipity, Poetry and Play in Toy Piano composition and Four Pieces for Toy Piano. Revista Vórtex | Vortex Music Journal , 8 (2). pp. 1-29. ISSN 2317-9937
Inglis, Brian (2019) Alkan's Esquisses - past, present and future. Alkan Society Bulletin (99). pp. 3-7.
Inglis, Brian (2019) Musical composition and mystical spirituality. In: Enlivening Faith: Music, Spirituality and Christian Theology. Boyce-Tillman, June and Roberts, Stephen and Erricker, Jane , eds. Music and Spirituality, 9 . Peter Lang, Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Mein, New York, Wien, pp. 25-44. ISBN 9781788746205
Inglis, Brian (2019) Four pieces for toy piano as a form of practice-as-research: serendipity, poetry and play. In: Music as play festival: the toy piano takes the stage, 06-07 Jul 2019, Istituto Giosue Carducci, Como, Italy.
External assesor, Malta Further & Higher Education Authority, since 2022
Engagement activities relating to Heart's Ease: Spirituality in the music of John Tavener: launch events at Winchester Cathedral (in the presence of Lady Maryanna Tavener) & Middlesex University (with student performances), 2021
Steering committee member and scientific (peer review) committee member, Music, Spirituality & Wellbeing international network, since 2019
Editorial board member, Journal of the Royal Musical Association, since 2019
Engagement activities relating to The Letters of Kaikhosru Sorabji to Philip Heseltine (Peter Warlock): public talk (South African College of Music, Cape Town); podcast (UK & Ireland LGBTQ+ Music Studies network); blogpost (Middlesex University LGBTQ+ network); launch events (Middlesex University, in the presence of Master of the Queen's Music Judith Weir; 1901 Arts Club - in association with Peter Warlock Society), 2019
Trustee, Board member and Artistic Committee member, Nonclassical (2015 – present). In autumn 2018 I was part of the review panel for Nonclassical's 2019-20 Composers-in-Association. I was also involved in this process in the 2021 composer recruitment round.
BBC Radio 4 interview (Sunday programme), November 2016
Fellow, Higher Education Academy (since February 2011)
Founder member of Sound and Music (formerly spnm), 2007
Latvian TV interview, August 2004
Resonance FM interview, January 2003
Trustee, Hildegard Network, 1998-2018