Academic background

I read Music at Oxford and was an Organ Scholar. My doctorate concerned the secular songs of Guillaume de Machaut, and I completed the DPhil while serving as the John Brookman Graduate Organ Scholar. I have held College Lectureships in Oxford since 1995 at Christ Church, Oriel College and Trinity College.

Undergraduate teaching

I teach Techniques of Composition, History of Music, and Keyboard Skills.

Research interests

My research concerns compositional practice and choice. In particular, my interests lie in music before 1450 (especially French music of the 13th and 14th centuries); early Beethoven; 20th-century music (including Jazz); musical analysis and theory; and composition.

Featured publications

'"Je le temoin en mon chant": The Art of Diminution in the Petronian Triplum' (Catherine Bradley & Karen Desmond eds., Montpellier Fascicle 8 Conference Proceedings, forthcoming) 

'Improvisation as Composition: the recorded improvisations of Vierne and Tournemire' (Eric Clarke & Mark Doffman eds., Distributed Creativity: collaboration and improvisation in contemporary music, 2017) 

Les ténèbres (trumpet and organ; Billaudot, 2017) 

La vie de Jean Baptiste (organ; Delatour, 2013) 

The Music of Herbert Howells, co-edited with Phillip Cooke (2013) 

'Bona cadentia dictaminum: Reconstructing Machaut’s Lyric Word Setting' (Music and Letters 94, 2013) 

'"Struggling but failing to mask": the Music of Mark R. Taylor' (Tempo 67, 2013) 

Essays on the History of English Music in Honour of John Caldwell: Sources, Style, Performance, Historiography, co-edited with Emma Hornby (2010) 

'Redemption and Retrospection in Jacques de Liège’s Concept of Cadentia' (Early Music History 29, 2010) 

'Lost Sounds and Found Experiences in Music 1300-1600' (Cultural and Social History 7.2, 2010) 

'"En la maison Dedalus": Musical Aesthetics in the Historicist Labyrinth (Alessandro Arbo ed., Perspectives de l’esthétique musicale entre théorie et histoire, 2007) 

'Making the Mummies Sing' (in Thomas Glück and Ludwig Morenz eds., Exotisch, Weisheitlich und Uralt: Europäisch Konstruktionen Altägyptens, 2007) 

'Machaut and the "Critical" Phase of Late-Medieval Polyphony' (Music and Letters 87, 2006) 

'Accent and Metre in Later Old-French Verse: the Case of the Polyphonic Rondel' (Medium Aevum 75, 2006) 

'"Trespasser Mesure": Meter in Machaut’s Polyphonic Songs' (Journal of Musicology 21, 2004) 

'Meter and Word Setting: Revising Machaut’s Monophonic Virelais' (Current Musicology 74, 2002) 

'Machaut’s "Parody" Technique' (Context 21, 2001)

Other interests and activities

I enjoy reading, walking and the cinema