Martin Clarke is a musicologist specialising in the intersections between music and religion. He became a Lecturer in Music at The Open University in 2014, having been an Associate Lecturer since 2008 and a Research Affiliate in Music since 2012. He holds BA (Hons) and PhD degrees in Music from Durham University; his PhD thesis, supervised by Professor Bennett Zon, was entitled 'John Wesley and Methodist Music in the Eighteenth Century: Principles and Practice'. Martin is also active as an organist and choir director; he holds the Fellowship Diploma of the Royal College of Organists (FRCO). He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).
PhD, Durham University 2008
BA (Hons), Durham University, 2003
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Martin Clarke's primary research interests lie in the relationships between music and theology, and especially their articulation in the music and religious practice of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain, and the Methodist movement more widely. He has published on these topics and regularly presents research papers at musicological and theological conferences. Martin is currently working on a study of Listening Experiences in Christian Worship in Britain as part of the AHRC-funded Listening Experience Database project. He supervises PhD students working on aspects of British musical culture in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Personal Interests
Martin enjoys watching cricket and reading biography and crime fiction.