Les Gillon

Dr. Leslie Gillon

Senior Lecturer

School of Journalism, Media and Performance

Media Factory, ME224

+44 (0) 1772 89 3908

Subject Areas: Art, Performance, Philosophy

In addition to being an experienced teacher of music, Dr. Leslie Gillon is a composer and performer who has a professional background in popular music and who still records and performs regularly in a variety of ensembles, playing types of music that range from experimental rock to traditional British folk music.

Dr Leslie is a member of the Higher Education Academy and is research active in Music.

Full Profile

Les was part of the team that developed the first UCLan music courses in 1997 and he has been Course Leader for BA Music Practice since 2005. In 2012 he launched the MA Music Industry Management and Promotion in collaboration with industry partners. He is involved in interdisciplinary collaborations in performance, particularly audio visual collaborations and music / dance improvisation and compositional research that explores improvisation techniques and use of non-western music traditions. He is also involved in research in the field of philosophical aesthetics, investigating fundamental questions raised by music, other art forms and critical theory. Recent research includes a study of the evaluation of artworks through an examination of the Turner Prize.


  • PhD Art and Aesthetics, UCLan 2016
  • MA History of Ideas, UCLan, 2003
  • PGCE Huddersfield University,1996
  • BA (1st Class) Arts, OU, 1995

Research Activities

  • Music Research Group
  • Centre for Asset-based arts and Community Practice

External Affiliations and Roles

  • External Examiner University of Chester


‘Underground’ by The Fevertrees 2011

Dyads Streaming Ensemble – live telematic improvisation in collaboration with the Aletheia Ensemble (University of Western Australia, Perth)

‘Jujojo Colesi’ live improvisation performance with Damo Suzuki 2013.’

‘Darbukabeat’ live performance. Green Gathering 2014


MA (Distinction) History of Ideas, UCLan, 2003

PGCE Huddersfield University 1996

BA (1st Class) Arts, OU, 1995


Course Leader BA Music Practice

Course Leader MA Music Industry Management and Promotion


Blackpool music report