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Lecturer in Ethnomusicology in the Department of Music 


Samuel Horlor is Lecturer in Ethnomusicology and Chair of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee in the Department of Music, Durham University.

Previously a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Ethnomusicology, Yunnan University (China), he is an ethnomusicologist and scholar of popular music currently most interested in global street music, Chinese-language performances in the UK, and audience research.

Samuel is currently serving as President of CHIME, European Platform for Chinese Music Research.

In 2023, his article Audiencing in China: Foreign Rock Musicians’ Perceptions of Difference and Sameness won the Association for Chinese Music Research Rulan Chao Pian Publication Prize.

He is also the author of Chinese Street Music: Complicating Musical Community (Cambridge University Press), and co-editor (with James Williams) of Musical Spaces: Place, Performance, and Power (Jenny Stanford Publishing).

Samuel holds degrees from the University of Southampton (BA Music 2007) and Durham University (MA Ethnomusicology 2012 and PhD 2017).

See Samuel's ResearchGate profile.

Research interests

  • Ethnomusicology
  • Popular music studies
  • Chinese music
  • Street music
  • Music in everyday life
  • Audience research


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