My research concerns music analysis, cultural nationalism in music, and British music of the early twentieth century. My third monograph, The Viennese Minor-Key Symphony in the Age of Haydn and Mozart (OUP, 2014), is an extended analytical study of music by Haydn, Mozart and their Austrian and Bohemian contemporaries. It was awarded the Emerson Prize of the Mozart Society of America for the best book on Mozart in English of the two previous calendar years. My latest book, Nation and Classical Music: From Handel to Copland (forthcoming, 2017) is a cross-disciplinary study of music and cultural nationalism from the eighteenth to the twentieth century, co-authored with Professor Anthony D. Smith, Professor Emeritus of Nationalism and Ethnicity at the London School of Economics.
My analytical work has recently focused on Haydn's instrumental music, in a series of journal articles as well as two chapters in the book on minor-key symphonies. In this work I am interested in the adaptation and application of the new theories of musical form that have emerged from North American in recent years.
I am currently planning a monograph on ‘national music’ in Britain which aims to redefine the field by returning to musically literate modes of understanding and continuous traditions of interpretation, developing them analytically and critically. This book will offer a corrective to what seems to me the exaggerated contextualism and constructivism prevalent in current scholarship in music history and cultural nationalism in music. The book will discuss the music of Hubert Parry, Edward Elgar, Frederick Delius, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gustav Holst, Herbert Howells, Ivor Gurney and Gerald Finzi, amongst others.
My books are published by Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Ashgate and Boydell &Brewer (dual imprint with University of Rochester Press). Two of them have been separately reviewed in Journal of the American Musicological Society and one in the Times Literary Supplement. One was the sole subject of a review-article in Music & Letters. My work has also received reviews in Musical Times (twice), Music & Letters (twice), Eighteenth-Century Music (twice), Journal of the Royal Musical Association, Early Music, Current Musicology, Twentieth-Century Music, Music Theory Online, Ad Parnassum, Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland, German Studies Review, Modernism/Modernity, Music Research Forum and Elgar Society Journal.
I have given invited research presentations at the Institute for Historical Research, the Conference of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Jesus College Oxford, Durham University, Cardiff University, University College Dublin, Queen's University Belfast, the University of Huddersfield, the University of Surrey and Anglia Polytechnic University.
I support the research of the Music Department as its Research Lead and Impact Lead and of the School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music as Head of Postgraduate Studies (Research).