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Nicola Pennill

Postgraduate researcher

Nicola Pennill is a postgraduate research student at the University of Sheffield, supported by an AHRC White Rose College of Arts and Humanities Studentship. 

With bachelor degrees in both sciences and humanities, Nicola has a longstanding interest in interdisciplinary research. She has postgraduate diplomas in management and marketing, and is a licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music in saxophone performance. In 2014 she completed an MSc in Performance Science at the Royal College of Music, London, where her dissertation focused on leadership in string quartets, in relation to paradox theory.  

An active ensemble musician and teacher, Nicola also has more than fifteen years experience in industry working both as manager and senior management consultant in multinational companies on organisational change and development.  Her current research interests, in organisational behavioural aspects of music ensembles, arise from her experiences as an ensemble musician, and from her work with teams and performance improvement in other domains.

Nicola Pennill

MSc(RCM), BSc(Nottingham), BA(Open), DMS(DeMontfort), DipM(DeMontfort), LRSM, DipABRSM, CT ABRSM

Pennill, N., Waddell, G., Williamon, A., Leadership in string quartets; paradox and possibility.  In Jakubowski, K., Farrugia, N., Floridou, G.A., & Gagen, J. (Eds.) Proceedings of the 7th International Conference of Students of Systematic Musicology (SysMus14) London, UK, 18-20 September 2014