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Teaching and Research

I am fascinated by original source material, and I gain great satisfaction from the process of understanding early manuscripts and printed sources. My research has included a study of the Tabley House Lute Book (a re-discovered manuscript of 17th-century French and English lute music), and I have an on-going interest in the role of plucked instruments in continuo playing and in obbligato roles. For several years I taught classes in music history at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and at Indiana University (Bloomington). Since then I have been invited to deliver lectures on performance practice at Liverpool University, Birmingham University and the University of St. Andrews and educational presentations at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. I also coordinate the Berkshire Maestros Guitar Academy, a scheme that provides the most promising young guitarists in Berkshire with inspirational chamber music opportunities.