Les Gillon

Dr. Leslie Gillon

Senior Lecturer

School of Journalism, Media and Performance

Media Factory, ME224

+44 (0) 1772 89 3908

Subject Areas: Music, Visual Art, Performance, Philosophy

Dr Leslie Gillon is a tutor, researcher and musician based within the School of Journalism Media and Performance. In addition to his work in the field of aesthetics and the visual arts, he is involved in practice-based research in music composition and performance. An experienced teacher of music, Les 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.

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. He has recently published a book on artistic evaluation, which takes the Turner Prize as a case study.  He is currently co-editing (with Ewa Mazierska and Tony Rigg) a book on the music industry, Popular Music in the Post-Digital Age: Economical, Cultural, and Technological Contexts. 


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

Research Activities

  • Music Research Group
  • Arts & Wellbeing Network steering group
  • Heritage Network steering group

External Affiliations and Roles

  • External Examiner University of Chester
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


The Uses of Reason in the Evaluation of Artworks: Commentaries on the Turner Prize, Palgrave Macmillan; 2017 edition

Darbukabeat:  live performance. Green Gathering 2014

Dyads Streaming Ensemble – live telematic improvisation in collaboration with the Aletheia Ensemble (University of Western Australia, Perth) 2013

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


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