Dr Stephen Etheridge GLCM, MA, PhD


I was awarded my PhD from the University of Huddersfield in 2014. My research explored contested and popular themes in social history and musicology.  Even though brass bands were seen as a national movement I used the brass bands of the Southern Pennines to explain why  brass bands became such a powerful metonym of working-class culture. I found that this cliché of northern identity emerged from ca. 1840-1914 through a number of elements that were  largely external to the brass band movement.

I have written extensively on brass bands and aspects of class and region. My ongoing research continues into the social networks that emerged from musical groups in the long nineteenth century and beyond. My current research projects include women and gender in military bands; jazz and working-class identity in a 1930’s Staffordshire town and the role of punk rock in provincial life.

I have led adult-education courses at the University of Huddersfield and the University of York. I have contributed a significant amount of research to the AHRC-funded  Making Music in Manchester during World War One project, based at the Royal Northern College of Music.

I am available as a consultant for radio and television documentaries.  Contact me using the form below or email: trombone1508@gmail.com




One thought on “Dr Stephen Etheridge GLCM, MA, PhD

  1. Dear Helen,

    There is indeed much work to be done on bands in New South Wales, and what it meant for the assorted identities, not forgetting gender of course. I recently published a piece in this book, that covered rational recreation, http://www.amazon.co.uk/Class-Culture-Community-Perspectives-Nineteenth/dp/1443840645 I also wrote a large piece of the introduction, about community, which can be read via Amazon.

    If you have any questions, or want feedback, do let me know. Glad to have you on board:)



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