Since studying at King’s College, London (BMus, 1999; MMus, 2000), I have pursued a dual career as a music educator and a researcher specialising in the musical culture of early modern England. Over the past two decades, I have worked as an instrumental teacher and taught in numerous FE and HE settings, teaching for the Open University since 2007 and serving as an Honorary Associate (formerly Research Affiliate) in their Music Department since 2013.
As a researcher, I spent a number of rewarding years working on the AHRC-funded Electronic Corpus of Lute Music project (2001-6) before undertaking doctoral studies at the University of Southampton (2006-13). You can read my Ph.D thesis (on musical training and constructions of social status in England, c.1550—c.1640) here.
• the social history of music-making in England, c.1500-1700
• musical training and education from c.1500 to the present day
• computer-assisted musicology (i.e. the design and development of electronic resources for musicological research)
• jazz studies (especially jazz historiography, 1940 - present; representations of jazz in film)
a) Journal articles:
(with D. Lewis): “Musical texts and information retrieval: the case of the early modern battaglia”, Early Music 43/iv (2015): 587-95.
“John Dowland, celebrity lute teacher”, Early Music, 41/ii (2013): 205-18.
“Two newly discovered English lute tablature fragments”, The Lute: Journal of the Lute Society, 48 (2008): 54-70. See publisher’s errata in The Lute, 49 (2009): 90-1.
(with T. Crawford) “John Dowland’s ‘Lachrimae’ at home and abroad”, The Lute: Journal of the Lute Society, 44 (2004): 1-34.
“Remnants of some late sixteenth-century trumpet ensemble music”, Historic Brass Society Journal, 14 (2002): 115-31.
b) Published conference/seminar papers:
“Lute pedagogy in Renaissance England: Methods and motivations”, Lute News: The Lute Society Magazine 116 (December 2015): 9-17 [= transcript of a paper delivered to the Lute Society, 12 Sept. 2015]
“The life and works of Thomas Whythorne (1528-96): An opportunity for computer-assisted collaborative research”, in B. Fields & K. Page (eds.) DLfM 2014: Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on Digital Libraries for Musicology (London: Association for Computing Machinery Press, 2014): 64-66.
(with D. Lewis, T. Crawford, & G. Wiggins) “Abstracting Musical Queries: Towards a musicologist’s workbench”, in R. Kronland-Martinet, T. Voinier & S. Ystad (eds.), Computer Music Modeling and Retrieval: Third International Symposium, CMMR 2005, Pisa, Italy, September 26-28, 2005, Revised Papers (Heidelberg: Springer, 2006): 249-58.
(with D. Lewis & T. Crawford) “An Electronic Corpus of Lute Music (ECOLM): Technological Challenges and Musicological Possibilities”, in R. Parncutt, A. Kesseler & F. Zimmer (eds.), Proceedings of the Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology (CIM04): Graz, Austria, 15-18 April 2004. Published as a CD-ROM (ISBN: 3-200-00113-5)
c) other publications:
Review of CD recording: Mad Dog, Hopkinson Smith (lute) (naïve CD E8940); Lute News: The Lute Society Magazine 133 (April 2020): 56-7.
Review of CD recording: Rembrandt! Musik des Niederländischen Goldenen Zeitalters/Music of the Dutch Golden Age, Alon Sariel (lute), Concerto Foscari (Querstand CD VKJK 1901); Lute News: The Lute Society Magazine 133 (April 2020): 57-8.
CD liner notes: David Gorton: Variations on John Dowland – Longbow/Stefan Östersjö (Toccata Classics: TOCC 0396), 2017, 2pp.
‘Lute Treasures’, review of facsimile edition: The Mathew Holmes Manuscripts I: Cambridge University Library MS Dd.2.11, eds. John H. Robinson & Stewart McCoy (Albury: Lute Society, 2010), Early Music, 40/iii (2012): 507-9.
Entries in Encyclopedia of Tudor England, eds. John A. Wagner & Susan Walters Schmid. 3 vols. (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2011): “Byrd, William (c1540–1623)” (I: 187-190); “Dowland, John (1563–1626)” (I: 359-61); “madrigal” (II: 730-31).
CD liner notes: Johann Sebastian Bach: Viola da gamba sonatas – Petr Nouzovský/Monika Knoblochová (Cube-Bohemia: CBCD 2631), 2006, 2pp.
CD liner notes: Baroque Trumpet Concertos – Marek Zvolánek/New Prague Collegium (Cube-Bohemia: CBCD 2529), 2005, 5pp.
Selected recent conference and seminar papers
“Locating Richard Mynshall’s books”, Annual Congress of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Centres (IAML), Kraków, 14-19 July 2019
“Music-making and identity-formation in the Elizabethan universities”, Medieval and Early Modern Spaces and Places conference, Open University Medieval and Early Modern Research Group, Milton Keynes, 23-24 February 2018.
“The death-knell for traditional harmony and counterpoint studies? Some prospects and implications arising from the new A-level Music curricula,” Music Transitions and Futures conference, Newcastle, 25 January 2018.
“Professional Musicians in Winchester, c.1575-c.1625: a preliminary sketch”, Wessex Centre for History and Archaeology seminar series, University of Winchester, 6 April 2017
“Recreational music-making in early modern Oxford and Cambridge colleges”, Teaching and Learning in early modern England: Skills and knowledge in practice, Cambridge, 1-2 September 2016.
“John Danyel and the early modern music-teaching profession”, Samuel Daniel, poet and historian conference, London, 10-11 September 2015.
“The professional musicians of Winchester and their networks, c.1570—c.1625.” Musical Life Outside London, 1500-1800: Networks, Circulation, Sources study day, Newcastle, 25 October 2014.
“Thomas Robinson’s Schoole of Musicke (1603), autodidactic learning, and the politics of the early modern music lesson.” Sources of Identity: Makers, Owners and Users of Music Sources Before 1600 conference, Sheffield, 4-6 October 2013.
“Music, verse, and community in a provincial Elizabethan town: re-reading Richard Mynshall’s lutebook.” American Musicological Society annual meeting, New Orleans, 1-4 November 2012
“Music, verse, and community in a provincial Elizabethan town: re-reading Richard Mynshall’s lutebook.” Music, Space, and Sociability in the Renaissance workshop, Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, University of York, 9 May 2012
At the OU, I currently teach A105 (Voices, Texts, and Material Culture). I have previously taught A179 (Start Listening to Music), AA100 (The Arts Past and Present), and A150 (Voices & Texts)