BiographyI am Lecturer in Early Music at the University of Edinburgh where I also direct the BMus Programme. I teach music history, theory, and analysis as well as music on screen. I research music from 1300-1600, particularly liturgical music and issues of cultural exchange and I also work on music in TV, film, and videogames. Most recently, these interests have coalesced in my AHRC-funded project which aims to recreated early music performance and acoustics in virtual reality.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
I predominantly research early music, in particular liturgical music from c.1300-1600. I have a keen interest in music in England and Scotland, as well as cultural exchange between different regions. Much of my work has focused on the genre of the Mass cycle, from both a liturgical/cultural history and a music analytical perspective. I work with the Binchois Consort as their scholar in residence, helping to design their programmes, and editing many of the works that they perform, as well as giving pre-concert talks and assisting with scholarly material for CDs. I have also contributed, along with the consort, to Historic Environment Scotland's recent audio guides for Glasgow Cathedral and Edinburgh Castle.
Alongside my research in early music, I work on music in TV, film, and video games. As one of the founders of the Representations of Early Music on Stage and Screen study group, I am particularly interested in the representation of history within these, from the explicitly historical, to fantasy representations that draw on popular conceptions of history. Most recently, I have brought my interests together as principal investigator on a project which seeks to use virtual reality to recreate historical performances and acoustics entitled 'Space, Place, Sound, and Memory: Immersive Experiences of the Past': https://www.eca.ed.ac.uk/research/space-place-sound-and-memory