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After graduating in Music from the University of Cambridge, I returned home to London. I studied for an MA in historical violin performance with Matthew Truscott at the Royal Academy of Music, and soon began to work throughout Europe as an orchestral violinist. Concert highlights include the Leipzig Bachfest with Masaaki Suzuki, Mozart with Robert Levin in Portland, the Edinburgh International Festival under John Butt, a one-to-a-part Bach's St Matthew Passion with Trevor Pinnock, opera at Glyndebourne, and performing with the OAE in the Royal Albert Hall and a pub.

Alongside my career as a freelancing violinist, I worked in the commercial music industry as a researcher and writer for Gramophone, Harmonica Mundi, BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4. I was an editorial apprentice for the late Christopher Hogwood on the Bärenreiter edition of Brahms Op. 18. It was while working as a consultant at Decca Classics that I decided to revisit musicology.

In 2017, I returned to Cambridge to complete an M.Phil. My thesis, which was awarded the William Barclay Squire Essay Prize, reconstructed the ‘touches’ of musical listening experiences in Bach’s Leipzig. My doctoral research continues to draw on historical phenomenology in understanding the relationships between music and religious ritual in early modern Germany. I am the administrator of the Bach Network conference 2019.

Other academic interests

Sensory history; Phenomenology; Eucharist; Early modern bodies; Early modern religion and ritual; Performance studies


Department: Music
Supervisor: Bettina Varwig
College: King’s College
AHRC subject area: Music
Title of thesis: A Flowing Bach: Listening in Early Modern Germany
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