Research & Writing

Research and Writing

Following an inspiring conference at Senate House in February 2019, I’ve been asked to contribute to The Routledge Companion to Woman and Music Leadership: The Nineteenth Century and Beyond. My chapter is called ‘Odaline de la Martinez: conductor, composer, entrepreneur, leader’.

In 2016 I was chosen for a joint BBC/AHRC project, as one of five academics, to help BBC Radio 3 in increasing the number of women composers they broadcast. The composer that I’m researching is Johanna Müller-Hermann, who lived and worked in Vienna at the turn of the 20th century. There is an outline of her life and work here, and more information about Radio Three’s Forgotten Women Composers project here.

I gained my PhD from Sheffield University with a dissertation ‘The I of the Other: Opera, Gender and Autonomy in Vienna 1900-1918’ and a multi-media one-woman show The Vienna Show. Both the dissertation and the show explored the representation of women in opera in Vienna at this period and its relationship with the controversy surrounding the contemporary women’s movement.

Since 2012 I have been an Academic Professor at the Royal College of Music, lecturing on the History of Music and running a postgraduate course on Women in Music, as well as  supervising a number of undergraduate and postgraduate projects.

Since gaining my PhD I have presented and performed at a number of conferences and for the Royal College of Music’s Grove Forum. My research interests include opera and vocal music in the 19th and 20th century, including work on opera’s social context and the relationship between text and music, women composers, and in particular the work of Johanna Müller-Hermann and Elizabeth Maconchy.

My full academic CV is here


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