Public Lecture: Quacking Ducks, Singing Boys and a Crisis of Identity

22nd Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Edge Hill University

This autumn, Edge Hill University’s new professors will mark their appointment with a series of free public lectures in their field of expertise.

Join University staff, students and partners at these thought-provoking lectures to recognise and celebrate Edge Hill’s academic talent.

On Wednesday 22nd October 2008, Professor Martin Ashley will give a lecture titled ‘Quacking Ducks, Singing Boys and a Crisis of Identity’.

Prof. Martin Ashley leads the Centre for Learner Identity Studies at Edge Hill University. His research uses the concept of learners ‘ identities to explore the problem of why boys don’t sing, following a sharp decline in young male recruitment to choirs across the country. His work recently won a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, (AHRC) which funded a collaborative project with the University of York and the National Youth Choir. His work has also informed the Sing Up Britain campaign – a £40m Government drive to increase singing in all British schools. He has published widely on the subject, with current books including Young Masculinity and Vocal Performance and How High Should Boys Sing? Gender, Authenticity and Credibility in the Young Male Voice.

Pre-lecture drinks will be available from 5pm, the lecture begins at 6pm followed by dinner at 7pm. To book your place, email Sharon Buckley on