Amanda Babington

Tutor in Academic Studies

BMus (Hons), MA (Performance), MA (Musicology), PhD, FHEA

Email: amanda.babington@rncm.ac.uk

 

  • Module coordinator for MPerf module Performance Studies
  • Tutor on PG Repertoire Research
  • PG Mentor
  • Elective tutor
  • Theory Tutor
  • Lecturer on MCP1 Module
  • JRNCM tutor in Advanced Theory, Musicianship II and Sight-Singing

 

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 Baroque violinist, Recorder and Musette player.

Amanda specialises in 17th– and 18th-century repertoire. “Amanda soared magnificently whether on violin…on recorder…or on musette.” “Amanda’s performance was absolutely stunning and the audience responded with a much extended ovation.”

Artistic Director of Northern Baroque, Amanda is also a member of chamber ensembles AB24, Four’s Company and Aberdeen Early Music Collective. She has given masterclasses at various universities and conservatoires across the UK and Europe, from The University of Aberdeen to the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music, Riga.

As a violinist and recorder player she records and performs regularly in the UK and Europe with many of the leading British and European period-instrument ensembles, including Les Talens Lyrique, Dunedin Consort, Ex Cathedra, the Gabrieli Consort and Players, Florilegium, and Fiori Musicali. 

She appears on several recordings with Les Talens Lyrique and Ex Cathedra, as well as a recording of newly-edited and previously–unrecorded music by Giovanni Ruggieri (Aberdeen Early Music Collective, Vox Regis label, 2018) and another of music by Gottfried Finger (Harmonious Society of Tickle Fiddle Gentlemen, Ramée label, due for release 2019).

Described as a ‘canary on amphetamines’ (for her performance of Vivaldi’s concerto for sopranino recorder), Amanda recently completed a Master’s degree in performance at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, where she specialised on musette – 18thcentury French bagpipes. This makes her one of only a handful of musette players in the world.

 

Amanda is a Visiting Performance Fellow at Aberdeen University and has been Director of the University of Manchester Baroque Orchestra since 2006. She teaches at the Royal Northern College of Music, and has given talks for Göttingen Handel-Festival, The Foundling Museum, London, and Manchester Camerata. 

Personal website: www.amandababington.com 

Personal Website

Current and Future Research

Research Interests:

  • Handel
  • Messiah
  • Editing
  • Performance Practice
  • Musical culture in the North East of Scotland in the 18th century
  • French Baroque music
  • Music at the Stuart court in Rome

Publications:

  • 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.

Research Funding

  • RMA Small Research Grant, 2013
  • Music & Letters Award, 2011

Undergraduate Teaching

  • Theory and Musicianship
  • Music, Culture and Performance
  • Performance and Repertoire Studies
  • Research Electives
  • Theory and musicianship (JRNCM)

Postgraduate Teaching

  • MMus Lecture Recital module (tutor)
  • Repertoire Research
  • Repertoire Studies (Mperf Module coordinator)
  • Various Doctoral seminars