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Catherine Haworth joined the Huddersfield staff in 2011 and is currently Senior Lecturer in Music. She gained a first class BA (Hons) Music and an MA in Film Music Studies from the University of Leeds, before being awarded a PhD in film musicology in 2011. Her doctoral thesis, ‘Dames, darlings, and detectives: women, agency, and the soundtrack in RKO Radio Pictures crime films’, explored sonic constructions of femininity in classical Hollywood crime pictures and films noirs.

Catherine’s interdisciplinary research focuses around two main themes: music and sound in audiovisual media, and issues of representation and identity in music and musical culture. She is a member of Huddersfield’s Centre for Music, Culture and Identity, is on the Editorial Board of Music, Sound and the Moving Imageand is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Catherine sings with the Clothworkers Consort of Leeds and Leeds Baroque Choir.

Research Expertise and Interests

Catherine's research and teaching reflect the interdisciplinary nature of her interests, which focus around musical issues of representation and identity across various media. Her primary research area is film and television music, with specialisms in classical Hollywood cinema of the 1930s and 40s, crime films, the James Bond series, the economics and aesthetics of popular scoring, and the role of musical performance within film. Catherine is also interested in contemporary critical approaches to aesthetics and musicology across a range of styles and eras, with a particular focus on popular music cultures, including Motown, Northern soul, and disco.    

Catherine has published on topics including scoring the female detective in 1940s Hollywood; music, gender, and medical discourse in the female gothic film; women and music in James Bond films; and issues of representation and identity across the classical and contemporary soundtrack. She guest edited a special edition of Music, Sound and the Moving Image on the theme of gender and sexuality, and co-edited the Ashgate collection Gender, Age and Musical Creativity with Dr Lisa Colton. Catherine is also in the initial stages of research into musical constructions of girlhood and national identity in British girls' school stories, ‘Latin’ music in classical Hollywood, and various projects on stardom, music, and voice in film and television.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • film music
  • soundtracks
  • audiovisual media
  • music and identity
  • 1940s cinema
  • film musicals
  • music and culture
  • RKO Radio Pictures
  • music and literature
  • popular music
  • voices and vocality
  • stardom

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Research Output 2008 2017

Open Access
book review

Star quality? Song, celebrity and the jukebox musical in Mamma Mia!

Haworth, C., Jul 2017, Contemporary Musical Film. Donnelly, K. J. & Carroll, B. (eds.). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, p. 107-122

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Mamma Mia
1 Citation (Scopus)

Gender, Age and Musical Creativity

Haworth, C. & Colton, L., 28 May 2015, 1 ed. Abingdon & New York: Routledge. 238 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

private institution

Introduction: Gender, age and musical creativity

Haworth, C. & Colton, L., 1 Jan 2015, Gender, Age and Musical Creativity. Ashgate Publishing Ltd., p. 1-6 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingForeword/postscript

Pussy Galore: women and music in Goldfinger

Haworth, C., Oct 2015, For His Eyes Only: The Women of James Bond. Funnell, L. (ed.). New York, USA: Columbia University, p. 157-166 10 p. Chapter 16

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Bond Film
Title Sequences

Activities 2011 2019

Music, Sound and the Moving Image (Journal)

Catherine Haworth (Reviewer)
2019 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial work

Crosstown Traffic

Rupert Till (Organiser), Toby Martin (Organiser), Jan-Peter Herbst (Organiser), Austin Moore (Organiser), Mark Mynett (Organiser), Lisa Colton (Organiser), Catherine Haworth (Organiser)
3 Sep 20185 Sep 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

Crosstown Traffic

Catherine Haworth (Organiser)
3 Sep 20185 Sep 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

Listening to the Detectives: Towards Holistic Analysis of the 1940s B Movie at RKO Radio Pictures

Catherine Haworth (Speaker)
24 May 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Composing by Numbers? Reading RKO’s Music Department through its Archives

Catherine Haworth (Speaker)
8 Feb 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Press / Media

Soundtracks of RKO’s film noir

Catherine Haworth


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Musical Scores and Female Detectives of the 1940s

Catherine Haworth


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment