Fiona Gibbs graduated from King’s College, London with a Master’s in Music in January 2011. In September 2011 she began her PhD at the Royal College of Music where she has been the grateful recipient of an RCM Scholarship. Her thesis discusses evolving cultural practices present in the Royal Albert Hall. Fiona worked in the front of house department at the RAH from 2007 to 2015, therefore her thesis is from the perspective of a participant observer. Since beginning her PhD Fiona has given several papers and talks. During the 2012 Proms Season she spoke about the RAH's archive. These talks were a collaboration between the RCM, RAH and the BBC Proms. During 2013 Fiona became involved with TEDxAlbertopolis – a one day conference held at the Royal Albert Hall. She was also invited to speak at the TEDxAlbertopolis Salon at the Natural History Museum, the launch event for the conference. In April 2013 Fiona was invited to speak about her work for Archives for London, and she returned to report further on her research in September 2014. In January 2014 Fiona gave a paper - ' Innovation through love? Prince Albert and the Royal Albert Hall' at the RMA student conference in Birmingham. Fiona was also invited to speak at the Imperial College Women’s lunch in April 2014. She gave papers at the 'Music Since 1900' Conference in 2015 and the ‘Consuming (the) Victorians' conference, held in 2016. Now writing up her thesis, Fiona is looking forward to completing her project. A first study violinist Fiona performs in several chamber ensembles and orchestras. Fiona also teaches violin, piano and music theory. In January 2012 Fiona co-founded an orchestra - Orchestra Vitae, which now has a residency at St. John's Smith Square.
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