Katrina Burton

Katrina Burton

Dr Katrina Burton

Lecturer

Biography

Katrina’s first compositional studies were taken at the University of Glasgow. She then completed an MMus and PhD (in composition) at the University of Edinburgh; both degrees funded by the AHRC. During her PhD studies she was awarded a number of scholarships that enabled her to undertake research in New York, resulting in a large-scale orchestral work influenced by the architecture of the Chrysler Building. Katrina was appointed Lecturer in Music at Edinburgh Napier University in 2007 and is currently Programme Leader of the Bachelor of Music degree.

Katrina’s music is informed by a variety of artistic disciplines: painting, sculpture, photography, architecture and dance. Her work has been performed by the Orchestra of Scottish Opera, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, NYOS: Futures, the Concorde Ensemble, the Research Ensemble and the Edinburgh Quartet with performances in the UK, the Republic of Ireland, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Malta, Australia, South Korea and the US.

Katrina’s most recent research seeks to explore the relationship between music and architecture, drawing comparisons between the materiality of music and the materiality of architecture. Her site-specific compositions have been performed at Open House Chicago, Barcelona Architecture Week and Edinburgh Doors open Day. She writes and presents on her research to both music and architecture based audiences.

She is the recipient of two Edinburgh Napier Students’ Association Excellence Awards and is a Fellow of the HEA.

Research Areas

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Events

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Conference Organising Activity

  • Delivered paper at Architecture Media Politics and Society Conference
  • JISC Network Performing Arts Production Workshops
  • FECCI Research Conference: Edinburgh Napier University
  • Presentation: Musica Scotica's Sixth Annual Conference

 

Invited Speaker

  • Inverness Architectural Association Convention
  • Illustrated Lecture: Edinburgh Doors open Day Lecture Series
  • Illustrated lecture (Writing for St Albert's): Holy Ground Talks
  • Invited Speaker at Edinburgh Napier's Music Research Seminar Series

 

Public/Community Engagement

  • Public Performance: Barcelona Architecture Week
  • University team asks brutal or beautiful?

 

Research Degree External Examining

  • PhD External Examiner, University of Cardiff. Thesis Title: Tremulous images: a portfolio of original compositions based on and informed by static visual art

 

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Writing for Craigsbank (illustrated lecture with live performance)

Exhibition / Performance
Burton, K. Writing for Craigsbank (illustrated lecture with live performance)
[Illustrated lecture with live performance]. Exhibited at Edinburgh, Scotland. 30 November 2021 - 27 November 2017. (Unpublished
Following the premiere of my site-specific work for performance at Craigsbank Parish Church (originally titled Floating Sanctuary), I was invited to talk to the Church of Scot...

for St Albert's

Other
Burton, K. (2021)
for St Albert's. Edinburgh, Scotland
A site-specific work informed by the architectural design of the Chapel of St Albert the Great, Edinburgh. The piece received multiple performances in the space on September 2...

The Sound of Architecture - Guest Blog Historic Environment Scotland

Digital Artefact
Burton, K. (2021)
The Sound of Architecture - Guest Blog Historic Environment Scotland. [Website]
Historic Environment Scotland published a guest blog about my site-specific compositions for three post-war and contemporary churches in Scotland. The blog was published in J...

Music and Place

Presentation / Conference
Burton, K. (2018, November)
Music and Place. Presented at Inverness Architectural Association convention (2018), Inverness, Scotland
I was invited to present a talk on my site-specific practice at the Inverness Architectural Association convention at Eden Court Theatre, Inverness.

Writing for St Albert's (illustrated lecture)

Presentation / Conference
Burton, K. (2018, October)
Writing for St Albert's (illustrated lecture). Presented at Holy Ground Talks, the Chapel of St Albert the Great, Edinburgh, Scotland
This lecture was presented at the Chapel of St Albert the great, two days after my composition, for St Albert's was presented in the space as part of Edinburgh Doors open Day ...

Music and Place Illustrated Lecture (with live performance)

Exhibition / Performance
Burton, K. Music and Place Illustrated Lecture (with live performance)
[Public talk]. Exhibited at Edinburgh, Scotland. 24 September 2018 - 24 September 2018. (Unpublished
I was invited by the Cockburn Association, organisers of Edinburgh Doors open Day, to present an illustrated lecture to kick off the Doors open Day 2018 Public Lecture Series.

AHRC Design Research for Change Showcase

Exhibition / Performance
Vettese, S., Anastasiadou, C., Calder, L., Vones, K., Burton, K., & Allan, D. AHRC Design Research for Change Showcase. 20 September 2018 - 23 September 2018

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Vettese, S., Anastasiadou, C., Calder, L., Vones, K., Burton, K., & Allan, D. AHRC Design Research for Change Showcase. 20 September 2018 - 23 September 2018
No abstract available.

for St Gabriel's

Other
Burton, K. (2018)
for St Gabriel's. [PDF score]. Prestonpans, Scotland
A site-specific work informed by the architectural design of St Gabriel's RC church, Prestonpans. The piece was presented at St Gabriel's on July 7th 2018 by Caitlin Monaghan ...

3D printed St Gabriel’s Chapel musical souvenir with interchangeable components

Physical Artefact
Vettese, S., Vones, K., Allan, D., & Burton, K. (2018)
3D printed St Gabriel’s Chapel musical souvenir with interchangeable components
The research group have created a musical, 3D printed souvenir with interchangeable components so that the owner can create their own, personalised version of the musical expe...

Music and Place: How Site-Specific Compositions can Complement the Architects' Vision

Presentation / Conference
Burton, K. (2018, April)
Music and Place: How Site-Specific Compositions can Complement the Architects' Vision. Presented at AMPS Moving Images - Static Spaces: Architectures, Art, Media, Film, Digital Art and Design, Istanbul, Turkey
Schafer (2011) said, ‘Without sound space feels lifeless.’ While some site-specific compositions seek to explore the acoustical properties of a building, with music that best ...

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