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 Principal Lecturer within the School of Journalism, Media and Performance.  He teaches postgraduate and undergraduate music courses and is responsible for responsible for research and innovation within the School.  He takes an interdisciplinary approach to his teaching, his practice and his research, having published research into popular music, visual arts and philosophical aesthetics as well as composing and performing in collaboration with dance, spoken word and audio-visual practitioners.

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.

Les 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.

External Affiliations and Roles

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Les Gillon (2020) Nostalgia and Simulacra: Blackpool in Song. In: Blackpool in Film and Popular Music. Palgrave Macmillan, London. ISBN 978-3-030-49934-1

Les Gillon (2020) Live Music Playbour: a Piece of the Puzzle. In: The Future of Live Music. Bloomsbury Academic, New York. ISBN 9781501355882 (In Press)

Les Gillon(2018) ‘Varieties of Freedom in Music Improvisation.’ Open Cultural Studies ISSN 2451-3474

Les Gillon (2017) The Uses of Reason in the Evaluation of Artworks: Commentaries on the Turner Prize, Palgrave Macmillan;

Gillon L. and E.Mazierska, ‘The Missing Star of MC Tunes’, in Mazierska, E (ed) Sounds Northern: Popular Music, Culture and Place in England’s North, Equinox Publishing (2018)

Mazierska, Gillon L and T Rigg (eds) (2018) Popular Music in the Post-Digital Age: Politics, Economy, Culture and Technology, Bloomsbury


  • PhD Art and Aesthetics, UCLan 2016
  • MA (Dist.) 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

Research activities and Projects

  • Co-chair UCLan Music Research Group
  • Arts & Wellbeing Network steering group member
  • Blackpool music report