Research


As a freelance musician specialising in historical performance, research is integral to my career. In September 2019, I commenced a PhD at the University of Southampton, with the title: "From Caledonia to the Capital: Scottish Musicians, Music-Making and Culture in London 1741-1815". I am delighted to be supervised by Dr Jeanice Brooks and Dr Jackie Collier, and supported by a full AHRC studentship through the SWWDTP2 consortium. I am also a keen educator: since 2021, I have taught a music module for Lawrence University at its London centre, entitled: "The Grand Tour: Musical Taste and Concert Life in Europe" - a hands-on course which brings Baroque music to life through the exploration of urban musical life in London itself.


Scottish Musicians in Eighteenth-Century London: "From Caledonia to the Capital"

Having spent the first 17 years of my life in Scotland, I feel in a very real sense close to those Scottish musicians who chose to move to London to make their musical fortunes during the eighteenth century. Musicians such as James Oswald and Robert Bremner pursued fascinating careers in the English capital as composers, performers, teachers and music publishers. I'm particularly interested in how their activities in London influenced both their Scottish identity and the popularity of Scottish music in eighteenth-century London. I question how networks of Scottish musicians and patrons were formed, and how Scottish music was conceptualised in London during a period when it was politically complicated to be a Scot. Mirroring the transnational focus of my topic, I have established a research relationship with the Wighton Collection, Dundee, and Crown Court Church of Scotland, Covent Garden, who have supported my studies as partners.


The Music of Queen Charlotte: "Then I play'd upon the Harpsichord"

In 2021, I undertook a PhD placement at the British Library's Music Collections, which explored the provenance of volumes in the Royal Music Library. Supported by a Georgian Papers Fellowship, I continued my research into the private musical passions of Georgian monarchs, leading to a focus on the music collection of Queen Charlotte, consort to George III. This research led to a musical project, "Then I play'd upon the Harpsichord", which had its first performance at the Georgian townhouse, Six, Fitzroy Square, in summer 2022, generously supported by the Continuo Foundation. This research has also led to a recent appearance on BBC Radio 3's "Free Thinking" programme in April 2023, where I talked about Queen Charlotte and her profound relationship with music.


Publications, Awards, Grants, Media


2024

[Forthcoming] Book Chapter: Loukia Drosopoulou and Mary-Jannet Leith, “Manuscript Editions by Luigi Marescalchi in the Royal Music Library at the British Library” in https://www.fondazionelevi.it/attivita-editoriale/nuove-collane/libraria-musicale


2023

Doctoral College Director's Award, University of Southampton, in recognition of theme of outstanding achievements in the area of Public Engagement & Outreach

[Forthcoming] Public Talk at Dalkeith Palace, Opening Symposium of the exhibition, “A Passion for Music”: From Caledonia to the Capital and Back

Conference Paper at British Society of Eighteenth Century Studies: "Meeting Robert Bremner, a Musical Scot “At Home” in London"

BBC Radio 3, “Free Thinking” and Radio 4 “Pick of the Week”, discussing the musical talents and tastes of Queen Charlotte, consort to George III

Grant from the Continuo Foundation, supporting a forthcoming project with Ensemble Hesperi, "Celestial Music did the Gods Inspire", bringing the music of Blow and Purcell to life.

BBC New Generation Thinkers' Workshop: selected to attend a day of media training, including pitching a programme about the musical passions of Queen Charlotte, consort to George III.


2022

Conference Paper at Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society: "Meeting London’s Musical Scots: James Oswald and Robert Bremner “Abroad”"

Conference Paper at BSECS: “Then I playd upon the Harpsichord”: Music in the Private Lives of George III and Queen Charlotte (nominated for Postgraduate Prize)

BBC Radio 3, “In Tune” with Sean Rafferty with Ensemble Hesperi

BBC Radio 3, “Early Music Show” and “Afternoon Concert”, excerpts from performance at LIFEM 2021

Grant from the Continuo Foundation, supporting Ensemble Hesper's project, "Then I play'd upon the Harpsichord", celebrating Queen Charlotte's love of music.


2021

CD Recording with Ensemble Hesperi, "Full of the Highland Humours", with EM Records, based on the music at the core of my PhD research

Conference Paper at Birmingham Baroque: “Airs for the Seasons"

Conference Paper at BSECS: Remembering “The Tears of Scotland”: James Oswald, London’s Rebellious Musical Scot (nominated for Postgraduate Prize)

Concert Zender, Netherlands: full concert broadcast of concert at Oude Festival Muziek

Georgian Papers Fellowship: awarded a Georgian Papers Fellowship (funded by KCL/British Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies), to undertake research into music in the domestic lives of Georgian monarchs.

Grant from the Continuo Foundation, supporting Ensemble Hesperi’s project, “From Caledonia to the Capital”, based on my core PhD research.

BBC Radio 3, “Early Music Show” with Ensemble Hesperi, broadcast of the LIFEM Young Ensembles Competition Final

British Library Placement: a six month, part-time placement at British Library Music Collections: “The Royal Music Library: Understanding Provenance and Collecting Practices”

Blog Publication: British Library Music Blog: "Exploring the Provenance of Italian Manuscript Editions in the Royal Music Library" and second blog

International Van Wassenaer Competition, Utrecht: third prize, with Ensemble Hesperi

City Music Foundation Artist 2021-2023, with Ensemble Hesperi

BBC Radio 3, “Early Music Show” with Ensemble Hesperi, broadcast of the LIFEM Young Ensembles Competition Final


2020

Lecture Recital at 18th Century British Baroque Music Conference: "London’s Musical Scot: Exploring James Oswald’s “Airs for the Seasons”"

Conference Paper at English Folk Dance & Song Society’s “Traditional Tunes and Popular Airs” conference: “Thy new Polish’d Danton Me”: Exploring the Eighteenth-Century Repurposing of Scots Lowland Tunes as Art Music

Conference Paper at University of York, “Distance 2020”: “Farewell to the North”: James Oswald’s role in the cultural transfer of Scottish music in eighteenth-century London

Article for the Burns World Federation Newsletter: “A Scots Musical Museum”: A Glimpse into the Musical Landscape of Burns’ Edinburgh

Emergency Coronavirus Grant from Arts Council England for a collaborative online project linking Scottish eighteenth-century music and Highland dance

Britten Pears Young Artist, on the Chamber Music Residency Scheme, with Ensemble Hesperi


2019 and before

Lottery Grant from Arts Council England: “The Pheasant’s Eye” with Ensemble Hesperi: a collaborative project celebrating Scottish Baroque music and Highland dance

Internationaler Gebrüder-Graun-Wettbewerb, Bad Liebenwerda: first prize in the ‘Solisten Instrumental’ category (2018)

Oude Muziek Utrecht Fringe: Audience Award, selected from over 70 performances (2017)