PhD Research Project: Musical Networks in early-Victorian Manchester (supported by the AHRC NWCDTP)

I am investigating music-making in early-Victorian Manchester, identifying what musical activity was taking place, who was taking part in such activity, and how this related to the changing structures of industrial society.  I am undertaking this PhD project at the RNCM, supported by an AHRC Studentship from the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership.

Current research activity

Music at the Manchester Mechanics' Institution, Manchester Athenaeum and Royal Manchester Institution; the Hargreaves Choral Society; music and philanthropy in early-Victorian Manchester; musical entrepreneurship in nineteenth-century Manchester; the cultural history of music in industrial society; nineteenth-century British flute music; music in Manchester during World War I; History of the Humanities; the history of military music.

Recent research events:

Paper - Music Lecturing in early nineteenth-century Manchester, The Making of the Humanities Conference, Oxford, September 2017

Paper - Musical Entrepreneurship in Early-Victorian Manchester, Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain Conference, Birmingham, June 2017

Paper - The contested roles of music in the institutions of early-nineteenth-century Manchester, Music & Politics Conference, KCL, May 2017

Paper - Musical Entrepreneurship in Early-Victorian Manchester, Musical Cultures Conference, Hull, April 2017

Paper - Networks of musical sociability: Manchester's Madrigal Society, Gentlemen's Glee Club, and Amateur Glee and Catch Club, RMA Research Student Conference, Canterbury, January 2017

Lecture Series - Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain, Glossop Guild, November/December 2016

Paper - Miltary Music and Manchester's Great War, RNCM Music in Manchester during WW1 Study Day, Manchester Histories Festival 2016

Paper - Materialities, Music and the 'Manchester Man', Material Cultures/Material Worlds conference, Nineteenth Century Studies Association, Boston, March 2015

Paper - Networks of musical provision in the Institutions of early-Victorian Manchester, RMA and Lucem Study Day on Amateur Music-Making in the British Provinces, University of Leeds, 18 June 2014

Paper - The Hargreaves Choral Society 1841-49, RNCM Research Student Symposium, 14 May 2014

Paper - 'Musical transformations of the public sphere in newly-industrialised Manchester', Joint RMA/BFE Study Day on Music and the Public Sphere, Manchester University, 11 April 2014

Paper - 'Musical Publics in Early-Victorian Manchester', Panel on Sport and Leisure History in Manchester, Manchester Histories Festival 2014

Paper - 'Music at the Manchester Mechanics' Institution', RMA Research Student Conference, January 2014

Paper - 'Reading between the lines: Sir George Smart's annotated programmes for the 1836 Manchester Musical Festival', RNCM Research Student Symposium 2013

Other research interests

Nineteenth-century British flute music; Military music history; Flute performance practice; Music and Society