Music

Music has been at the heart of the College ever since its initial foundation in 1525 by Cardinal Wolsey, who made provision for a choir and organist.

For information about studying Music at Christ Church, please see our prospectus.

Further information can be found on the Music Faculty website.

 

Dr Harriet Boyd-Bennett

Qualifications

MA (Oxon), MMus (KCL), PhD (KCL)

Academic Background

2005-2008: MA (Hons in Music), University of Oxford
2008-2009: MMus in Musicology, King’s College London
2010-2013: PhD in Musicology, King’s College London

Undergraduate Teaching

Papers on twentieth-century music; music analysis and criticism; dissertation supervision.

Research Interests

Dr Benjamin Skipp

Qualifications

MA, M.St, D.Phil (Oxford), LRSM

Academic Background

Studied Music and Musicology at Oxford (2001-2010) and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (2000-2001). Currently an examiner for the ABRSM (Royal Schools of Music).

Undergraduate Teaching

Prelims Analysis, History and Keyboard Skills; FHS Music History topics since 1700, Musical Thought and Scholarship, Analysis and Criticism, Dissertation supervision.


Research Interests

Minimalism (especially Steve Reich and Arvo Pärt); Critical theory; Haydn; Performance



Professor David Maw

Qualifications

MA DPhil FRCO

Academic Background

Read music at Oxford (Organ Scholar); doctorate on the secular songs of Guillaume de Machaut (John Brookman Graduate Organ Scholar). College Lectureships in Oxford since 1995. Also at Oriel and Trinity Colleges.

Undergraduate Teaching

Techniques of Composition, History of Music, Keyboard Skills.

Research Interests

Professor Stephen Darlington

Qualifications

M.A., D.Mus., F.R.C.O.

Academic Background

Stephen Darlington's links with Christ Church began in the early 1970s, as Organ Scholar under Simon Preston.  Subsequently he became Assistant Organist at Canterbury Cathedral, and then Master of the Music at St Alban's Abbey, where he ran the International Organ Festival.  In 1985 he returned to Christ Church as Organist and Tutor in Music.  He is currently Choragus of the University of Oxford, the holder of a Lambeth Doctorate, and from 1999-2001 he was President of the Royal College of Organists.

Professor Jonathan Cross

Qualifications  

BA (Bristol), PhD (London), MA, DLitt (Oxon), MAE

Academic Background