Amanda Babington’s PhD thesis (University of Manchester, 2010) was titled ‘Handel’s Messiah: the Creative Process’. In 2014 she published a major article on the letters between Charles Jennens (librettist of Messiah) and his Jacobite friend Edward Holdsworth, and her edition of Handel’s Dettingen Te Deum and Dettingen Anthem was published by the Hallische Händel-Ausgabe in 2016. She is regularly invited to give pre-concert talks, including at the Göttingen Handel-Festival.
In addition to her musicological work, Amanda is a violinist and recorder player, specialising in historically informed performance. Currently learning Musette (18th-century French bagpipes), she plays regularly with many of the leading British and European period-instrument ensembles including Les Talens Lyrique, the Wallfisch Band, Dunedin Consort, Ex Cathedra, the Gabrieli Consort and Players and Fiori Musicali.
Amanda is a Visiting Performance Fellow at Aberdeen University and has been Director of the University of Manchester Baroque Orchestra since 2006. She recently gave a masterclass on baroque violin and recorder at the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music in Riga, and has been invited to tutor on the prestigious early music Summer school, Baroque Week, in 2017. She is dedicated to chamber music, and her ensembles, Northern Baroque, Aberdeen Early Music Collective, AB24 and ArCco have busy schedules of concerts and workshops.
Personal website: www.amandababington.com
Current and Future Research
- Performance Practice
- Musical culture in the North East of Scotland in the 18th century
- French Baroque (particularly music for Musette
- G. F Handel Te Deum for the Victory at the Battle of Dettingen, HWV 283, and Anthem for the Victory of Dettingen, HWV 265, edited for the Hallische Händel-Ausgabe. Published Bärenreiter, 2016.
- ‘Musical References in the Jennens-Holdsworth Correspondence (1729-46)’, Royal Musical Association Research Chronicle, 45/1 (2014), 76-129.
- ‘Handel the Tutor’, Brio, 51/1 (2014), 16-22.
- ‘Handel’s Messiah: the Creative Process’. Re-written PhD thesis currently under consideration by Boydell and Brewer.
- ‘Saul in Buxton’, Early Music Review, 143 (2011), 18-19. Review.
- ‘Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel (1690-1749): Two Serenatas’, Eighteenth-Century Music, 8/2 (2011). (recording review)
- ‘European Renaissance Music’, Early Music, 39/2 (2011). 7 (recording review)
- ‘Early British Song’, Early Music, 38/4 (2010), 611-614 (recording review).
- ‘Handel’s solo sonatas’, Early Music Performer, Issue II (March 2003), 15-23.
- RMA Small Research Grant, 2013
- Music & Letters Award, 2011
- Theory and Musicianship
- Music, Culture and Performance
- Performance and Repertoire Studies
- Theory and musicianship (JRNCM)
- MMus Lecture Recital module (tutor)