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Ambrose Field
Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities



Professor Ambrose Field is the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. He previously served as interim Dean from 2018 to 2020, and was the Head of the Department of Music prior to that.

Interdisciplinary connections, social relevance of the arts across cultures, and new approaches to creativity are key to his approach. In 2017, Field was appointed Honorary Professor of The Beijing Institute for Advanced Innovation, recognising, in particular, his work developing international partnerships. The integration of the arts with science and technology feature heavily in his research, and he has served as industrial consultant to media companies and technology firms, as a member AHRC peer review college and panels, and on the board of national professional bodies in the arts.

Field's own output takes an informed approach to creativity by investigating how relationships to the environment and culture influence creativity. He is an international award-winning composer, writing music for voices and ensembles with a characteristic lush sound world, and has worked extensively with technology in ways that explore immersive spatial connections to architecture, site and community.

His album for ECM, Being Dufay, is distributed by Universal and was produced by Manfred Eicher. It toured to 13 countries (including performances at the Vienna Convertase and Parco Della Musica Rome), and received 5* reviews from BBC music and Classic FM. His work for 25 independent voices, Pod Twoja Obrone, was commissioned by the Polish National Chamber Choir to mark the 80th birthday anniversary of composer H.M. Górecki.

Field writes on creativity in education, has given guest lectures and conference keynotes internationally on issues in contemporary music, and has worked in interdisciplinary collaborations in areas from Education to Health Science. He studied Education at The University of Cambridge (Robinson) and received a PhD in Music from City, University of London.



  • Composition.
  • New aesthetics and compositional strategies.
  • Postmodern Culture.
  • Immersive media: performance and creativity.


  • Prix Ars Electronica, 2006: Storm!, studio album, Honoury Mention, Digital Music
  • Prix Ars Electronica, 1997: Empty Spaces, surround audio work, Honoury Mention, Digital Musics
  • Prix Ars Electronica, 1996: Pyrotechnic, surround audio work, Honoury Mention, Digital Musics


  • Hungarian National Radio 2000 Funded by UNESCO/GMEB
  • Mksound 2006 HFG Karlesruhe, Germany
  • Listening to Land: Field Recording Course, 2008, Leader Funded by the AHRC, hosted by Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Arts
  • Asphodel Studios / Recombinant Media Labs, San Francisco, USA February 2007, with invited lecture: University of California, San Diego



Full publications list

View Ambrose Field's full publications list at the York Research Database.



  • Postmodernism; Music and culture
  • Creative Performance
  • Future Lab: Experimental new media
  • New York Mystery Plays
  • Electronica, and the early Warp years
  • Practical Project: Worldscape (2008)
  • Practical Project: Cagefest (1996)
  • Practical Project: 2013

Dr Ambrose Field

Contact details

Professor Ambrose Field
Vice-Chancellor's Department
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: +44 (0)1904 32 2005

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