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Teaching Fellow in Ethnomusicology in the Department of Music  


Samuel Horlor is, from October 2023, a Lecturer 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 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