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Dr Raquel Rojo Carrillo

Biography


Raquel's area of expertise is medieval Western Christian liturgies. Her current research is focused on the Old Hispanic rite. Raquel earned a PhD in Music at the University of Bristol in 2017, with a doctoral dissertation entitled ‘Text, liturgy and music in the Old Hispanic rite: the vespertinus genre’. At University of Bristol, she is also part of the Executive Committee of the Centre for Medieval Studies. Raquel is the Coordinator of Hispanic Sources of the Spanish Early Music Database. She started researching on Old Hispanic chant as part of the PhD programme at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, earning an Advanced Professional Diploma in Music and joining the research project El canto llano en la época de la polifonía (CLEP), where she continues to be an active member. Previously she completed the postgraduate course “Musicology for the Preservation of Ibero-American Musical Heritage”, thanks to a scholarship granted by the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando (Madrid, Spain). Raquel graduated from the Madrid Royal Conservatory where she studied Musicology. While living in Spain, this Conservatory, as well as Fundación Jacinto e Inocencio Guerrero and the International Music Course “Música en Compostela” awarded her prizes recognising her musicological work.

Raquel also has a Bachelor's Degree in Social Communications from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (Venezuela), and as a music journalist and critic has written several articles that have been published in journals, newspapers and classical music magazines of the UK (Early Music), Venezuela (El Nacional) and Spain (PúblicoDoce Notas and Audio Clásica, among other publications). Additionally, she has been part of the Schola Cantorum of the University of Bristol, and, in Caracas (Venezuela), of Orquesta del Conservatorio Juan José Landaeta, Coral Venezuela, theatre groups Teatro UCAB and Ago Teatro, and also a founder member of Orquesta Juvenil de Chacao. In the past she has held positions in EMI Music Spain’s Marketing team, renowned international law firms such as Hoyng Monegier and Pérez Llorca, and charities London Music Masters (UK) and Fundación Medatia (Venezuela). Since 2009 she is a 10k and half-marathon amateur runner.