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Teaching Fellow in Ethnomusicology in the Department of Music  


Samuel Horlor is a Teaching Fellow in Ethnomusicology 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 Chinese popular music interested in audiency, street music, and music's embeddedness in everyday urban life.

Samuel holds degrees from the University of Southampton (BA Music 2007) and Durham University (MA Ethnomusicology 2012 and PhD 2017). His doctoral work focused on public-space music-making in the Chinese city of Wuhan, and he was subsequently an Early Career Fellow at the Institute of Musical Research.

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