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).
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.