Publications and research

Most of my academic research focuses on nineteenth-century vocal music in Austro-Germany. My PhD was a study of the music by Brahms and his contemporaries for vocal quartet and piano, and this repertoire, along with domestic music-making (Hausmusik) more generally, is a particular interest of mine. Publications include chapters and edited volumes on Brahms, Schubert, George Henschel and others.

I’m also fascinated by the history of performance. What information can concert programmes reveal about trends in repertoire, audience types, and broader cultural attitudes towards music and those who practised it? This is where the history of the Edinburgh Festival and the Wigmore Hall enter the mix below.

And last but most certainly NOT least, I care about bringing all this research to wider audiences. So you’ll also find general interest classical music books in this list, and score prefaces on chamber and orchestral repertoire.



Chapter, ‘Natalia MacFarren and the English German Lied’ in German Song on Stage: Lieder Performance in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries, ed. Natasha Loges and Laura Tunbridge (Indiana University Press)


Review: ‘Consuming Music: Individuals, Institutions, Communities, 1730–1830’ in Nineteenth-Century Music Review

Co-editor and contributor to Brahms in Context (Cambridge University Press)


Contributor to The Classical Music Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained (Dorling Kindersley)

Score preface for Julius Otto Grimm’s Suite no.1 (Musikproduktion Jürgen Höflich)

Score preface for Paul von Klenau’s Overture Klein Idas Blumen (Musikproduktion Jürgen Höflich)


Review: ‘’ in Nineteenth-Century Music Review

Contributor to 30-Second Classical Music, ed. Joanne Cormac (Ivy Press)


Co-author, with Natasha Loges, of ‘Singer-Songwriters of the German Lied’ in J. Williams & K. Williams, eds. The Cambridge Companion to the Singer-Songwriter (Cambridge University Press)

‘‘A man of many hobbies…’: Alan Adair and the concerts of the Adair Wounded Fund’ in Fontes Artes Musicae (January-March 2016)


Review: ‘Coughing and Clapping: Investigating Audience Experience’ in Fontes Artes Musicae (October-December 2015)

Score preface for Julius Otto Grimm’s Suite no.2 (Musikproduktion Jürgen Höflich)

Score preface for Max Bruch’s Salamis op. 25 (Musikproduktion Jürgen Höflich)


Chapter author (for the time period 1850-1899) in Jon Paxman’s Classical Music 1600-2000. A Chronology (Omnibus Press)

Co-editor and contributor to Brahms in the Home and the Concert Hall. Between Private and Public Performance (Cambridge University Press)

Score preface for Hans Huber’s Sextet for piano and wind instruments (Musikproduktion Jürgen Höflich)

Score preface for Friedrich Gernsheim’s Salamis op. 10 (Musikproduktion Jürgen Höflich)

Research assistant to Graham Johnson for his Franz Schubert. The Complete Songs (Yale University Press)

‘Hans Gál and the Edinburgh Festival’ in Brio Vol. 50 no. 1 (Summer 2013), pp.39-52

Score preface for Hans Huber’s Piano Quintet op. 111 (Musikproduktion Jürgen Höflich)


Comprehensive work list for the composer William Hurlstone, former professor and alumnus of the Royal College of Music.