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Teaching Fellow 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 holds degrees from the University of Southampton (BA Music 2007) and Durham University (MA Ethnomusicology 2012 and PhD 2017) and is a member of the Coordinating Committee for CHIME Worldwide Platform for Chinese Music.

He is 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).

See Samuel's ResearchGate profile.

Research interests

  • Ethnomusicology
  • Popular music studies
  • Chinese music
  • Street music
  • Music in everyday life
  • Audiency


Authored book

Book review

Chapter in book

Conference Paper

  • Horlor, Samuel & Amaro, Tat (2021), Money, Music, and Interpersonal Meanings: Researching Economic Exchange in Local Musicking in China and Thailand, in Hughes, David W., Intajamornrak, Chommanad, Rungruang, Apichai & Padgate, Usa eds, Moving from Disruption to Resilience: The Dynamics of Humanities and Social Sciences. Naresuan University, Thailand, 175-188.

Edited book

Edited Journal

  • Horlor, Samuel & Williams, James (2018). Geography, Music, Space. Musicology Research, (4).

Journal Article