I am a pianist and musicologist. Blending historical, cultural, and practice-led approaches, my research focuses on intersections between music, identity, and performance; practice as research; and music and musicians in Britain and Ireland during the late nineteenth- and twentieth centuries.
My work has investigated how cultural and political ideas about national identity were mediated, performed, and embodied within classical music and performance cutures in Britain during the first half of the twentieth century. I have been especially interested in the work of twentieth-century composer Ralph Vaughan Willams. Growing out of this research, I am also interested in intersections between classical and traditional musics, musical cultures, and performance practices, and since 2019 I have examined these intersections within Of Aran Trio, a collaboration with Irish traditional musicians and academics Úna Monaghan and Síle Denvir, uniquely drawing together Irish and Welsh traditional musics, pre-existing Western classical musics, electronics, improvisation, and experimental musical practices.
I am further interested in song and song performance, and also work professionally as classial song pianist (or accompanist), collaborating closely with singers and exploring intersections between music and literature. I have published work on subjectivity, identity, and performativity in Ralph Vaughan Williams's songs; on Vaughan Williams's literary interests, in collaboration with literary scholar Matthew Ingleby; and on classical song performance and pedagogy in early twentith-century Britain. More recently, I have explored the under-documented work of twentieth-century women song composers including Grace Williams and Ina Boyle.
Public Engagment & Impact. I have long been committed to communicating my research findings to a range of audiences, and together with my work as a professional musician, have made programmes for BBC Radio 3, as well as contributing lectures, talks, and essays to national and international festivals and community projects.