Historical Performance

A historically informed approach to differing musical styles is an essential prerequisite for all musicians entering the profession today. The Department of Historical Performance aims to promote and develop a practical understanding of performance styles from Mediaeval to 19th century through a comprehensive, world-class programme of study.

In one-to-one lessons you will concentrate on developing a secure technique and a broad stylistic repertoire and you will develop a working knowledge of the main national styles and the performance practices associated with those styles.

You will participate in a range of departmental performance classes as well as specialist masterclasses and workshops with leading performers in the field; all of which contribute to an exciting atmosphere of cross-discipline discussion and experimentation. In addition, specialist Historical Performance project options will allow you to conduct more detailed research into selected areas of Musicology and Performance.

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The Department of Historical Performance has strong links across the College and supports a vibrant second study culture with upwards of sixty students currently learning, sackbut, cornett, recorder, baroque lute, theorbo, lute and a variety of keyboard and stringed instruments. The Department has an active performance calendar based around the chamber ensemble Badinerie and the Early Vocal Consort, supported by a range of internationally-renowned artists. Recent concerts have included concerts and collaborations with Rachel Podger, Roderick Williams, Red Priest and HMSC. This season will see recitals by Iestyn Davies with Réjouissance, Elin Manahan Davies with Badinerie and the Early Vocal Consort and a collaboration with the Royal College of Music to perform the works of Corelli, directed by Simon Jones.

Head of Historical Performance & Contextual Studies
Simon Jones BA (Bristol) PhD (York)

Violin
Simon Jones
Andrea Jones BMus LRAM
Rachel Podger

Viola
Jane Rogers GRSM ARAM LRAM
Dorothea Vogel

Cello
Claudine Cassidy

Double Bass/Violone
Timothy Amherst BA (Wales)

Viols
Lucy Robinson BA PhD

Recorder
Rebecca Prosser ARCM GRSM DipRCM

Lute
Steve Gordon
David Miller GGSM LRAM

Flute
Katy Bircher BA FTCL ARCM

Oboe
Alexandra Bellamy BA (Oxon) PGDip ARAM
Hannah McLoughlin

Natural Trumpet
Ross Brown

Cornett
Conor Hastings
Jeremy West FRWCMD

Sackbuts
Emily White

Historic Horn
Anneke Scott

Baroque Dance
Philippa Waite CertEd DipMus BA (Hons)

Harpsichord, Fortepiano and Organ
Andrew Wilson-Dickson MA MusB DPhil LRAM ARCO

Historical Performance Ensemble in Residence
Réjouissance

Historical Performance Brass Ensemble
Sackbutt & Cornett Ensemble