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Caroline Owen

Caro studied on the Joint Course at the University of Manchester and the RNCM and subsequently in Paris, winning awards for clarinet playing and composition, including the RNCM Chamber Music Prize in 1993 and the Thames Valley Young Musician competition in 1997. Her career has involved teaching clarinet, saxophone, flute, recorder and piano, conducting, examining and leadership roles, freelance performing work as a clarinettist and as a member of Chamberhouse Winds. Solo engagements in recent years have included concerti by Mozart, Weber and Copland and recitals at South Hill Park and Norden Farm Centre for the Arts.

Inspired and intrigued by the emotional effects of music, both those experienced personally and those discussed with playing colleagues, pupils and listeners, she returned to study in 2019. She completed her MA in Music Psychology at the University of York in 2020 and began her PhD studies in 2021 with Hauke Egermann, researching the development of children’s emotional responses to music in relation to harmonic change.