Job title: Senior Lecturer, Music

Tel: +44 (0)131 651 4097


Office address: Alison House, Room 1.03

Contact time: Monday: Hunter Building, Room O.30, 9am - 4pm

Research outputs: Dee Isaacs on Edinburgh Research Explorer

Dee studied music at the University of Edinburgh and composition with Professor Nigel Osborne. Dee has been commissioned by and worked closely with a wide range of professional arts bodies throughout the UK, including Opera North, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, Scottish Ballet, Share Music UK, and Creative Scotland.

In 2003 she was nominated for a British Composer Award for her mixed-ability chamber opera Festus, for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. In 2006 she was nominated again for Suppose Life, a musical promenade through the glasshouses of The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

Dee continues to create immersive arts projects for children in landmark venues across the city of Edinburgh and internationally.

She has worked for the international children's charity War Child Amsterdam, establishing a creative and developmental arts programme for refugee children in the Republic of Georgia and more recently set up The Athens Project supporting children and families through music in camps in Attica.

She runs The Gambia Project in collaboration with Alla Leake Kunda Drum School - enabling students to have the opportunity to study West African Drumming, Song and Dance and to work in local schools.

Dee is a cellist and pianist and has been the recipient of a number of awards to enable her to travel and study cello with Torleif Thedeen and African vocal styles in Mali, The Gambia, Uganda and Senegal.

Dee is passionate about the creation of music and its wider value.

  • Music in the Community
  • Performance
  • World Music
  • Introduction to Community Arts


  • Music - BMus (Hons)
  • Music - MA
  • Music - PhD/MSc by Research

Research interests

  • Music in the community
  • Community Arts
  • Composition
  • Ethnomusicology

Research activity

  • Participatory Arts
  • Music theatre
  • Music for displaced children
  • West African music, song and drumming

Forthcoming projects

Where the city flows: March 2020 a celebration of coastal songs from around the world, in collaboration with 200 children from Victoria Primary School, instrument maker - Victor Gama and writer Gerda Stevenson

Musical Hats: A performance project for displaced children and families living in Pikpa, Leros, Greece - August 2020

Festus: A chamber opera -Amazing Grace Primary School and Alla Leake Percussion  April 2020, The Gambia, West Africa

PhD Supervision Topics

  • Community
  • Composition
  • Ethnomusicology

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