Professor Of Musicology

I joined Liverpool Hope University in September 2012 as Professor of Music and Head of the Music Department. As a baroque violinist I performed around the globe in some of the world’s leading ensembles including The Academy of Ancient Music and The King’s Consort as well as with my own chamber group, Apollo & Pan, winner of the 2001 International Early Music Competition in York. My academic interests focus on period performance practice as well as the overlap between music, theology, and liturgy. My study on the theological contexts of Handel’s Messiah received several international awards, including the prestigious Erasmus Research Prize. My current research focuses on sacred music at the imperial court chapel in Vienna, in particular the work of chapel master Antonio Bertali (c1605-1669). This research was initially funded by a major research grant from the Dutch Research Council. I came to Liverpool from Utrecht University’s Roosevelt Academy and the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, where I taught for eight years. Previously, I studied baroque violin in The Hague and London, Theology at Oxford University’s St Benet’s Hall, and musicology at the University of Utrecht where I also gained my PhD with the highest distinction.