Cheryll Duncan

Lecturer in Music and Senior Tutor (Learning Support)

BMus (Hons), MA (Music), MA (Psych), PhD, PGCE, Ad Dip Couns, HonRNCM, FHEA

Email: cheryll.duncan@rncm.ac.uk

 

Lecturer (School of Academic Studies):

  • Teach on various academic undergraduate and postgraduate modules, including historical and contextual studies (late 17th and 18th centuries), academic electives and repertoire research. 
  • Supervise research students.

Senior Tutor (Learning Support):

  • Provide one-to-one tutorials to support undergraduate and postgraduate students in their academic work
  • Issue Personal Learning Plans to students who have informed the college of a disability/specific learning difficulty
  • Provide guidance on reasonable adjustments to enable staff to support those students
  • Screen students for evidence of an undiagnosed specific learning difficulty

Cheryll graduated with First Class Honours from the University of Sheffield in 1976, studying harpsichord with Dr Alan Brown and viola with the late Roger Bigley. From there she moved to the University of Birmingham to undertake a PGCE followed by research in the field of fourteenth-century English sacred music. Cheryll taught music at a number of UK colleges and universities, including The Open University, before joining the RNCM in 2003. Her current research activity broadly encompasses professional music culture in England during the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, on which she has published articles in the Cambridge Opera Journal, Journal of the American Musicological Society, Early Music, Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland, The Opera Journal and the Royal Musical Association Research Chronicle. She has also contributed a chapter to Geminiani Studies (ed. Christopher Hogwood), and a new entry on the singer/composer Giuseppe Manfredini to Grove Music Online. Her doctoral thesis was on the subject of music and musicians in the equity and common-law courts of England, 1690–1760.   

Cheryll’s teaching responsibilities include history, performance studies, various elective modules and repertoire research at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. As the college’s Senior Tutor (Learning Support) she brings to the role many years of disability advisory experience in higher education. She has written and delivered accredited training for teachers in the fields of visual impairment and specific learning difficulties, and contributed to national and international conferences. Cheryll is a qualified counsellor in education, and holds a Master’s degree in Psychoanalytic Studies. She was made an Honorary Member of the RNCM in 2015 and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2017.  

Current and Future Research

My research broadly encompasses professional music culture in London during the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, mostly drawing on newly discovered archival material, particularly common law and equity lawsuits.

In the press:

Felice Giardini and professional music culture in mid-eighteenth-century London (RMA Monograph Series: Ashgate).

In progress:

‘The law and the profits: royal licences, piracy and Lewis Granom’s XII Songs and Ballads (1752)’ (journal article)

Giuseppe Manfredini, Sei Arie for voice and string quartet (edition)

Conference presentations:

‘Giovanni Francesco Crosa and opera in London 1748-50: new evidence from the Court of Exchequer’. Royal Musical Association, 55th Annual Conference, University of Manchester and RNCM (September 2019). 

‘Musical life in the King’s Bench Prison c.1760: new evidence from the Courts of Common Pleas and Exchequer’. Music in Eighteenth-Century Britain, 33rd Annual Conference, Foundling Museum, London (November 2017), also 46th Annual Conference of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, St Hugh’s College, Oxford (January 2017).

”Your Orator … hath for many years studied and practised the composing of Musick’: the royal licence as an early form of music copyright protection’. International conference on Music and Power in the Baroque Era, Complesso Monumentale di San Micheletto, Lucca, Italy (November 2016).  

‘Henry Purcell and the construction of identity’. Music Biography Conference, Institute of Musical Research, London (9 April 2015).

‘Felice Giardini v. John Cox: new light on London concert life in the 1750s’. 43rd Annual Conference of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, St Hugh’s College, Oxford (January 2014). 

‘Women on top: Geminiani v. Mrs Frederica and the case for legal documents in musicology’, RNCM Research Forum (December 2013).

‘Ferdinando Tenducci in a London court and prison’. 42nd Annual Conference of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, St Hugh’s College, Oxford (January 2013). 

‘Caterina Galli’s finances in new Handel documents’. Handel Documents Study Day, The Open University, London (December 2010).

 

 

 

  

 

 

Undergraduate Teaching

Year 1: Language of Music, History of Music (Baroque and Early Modern periods)

Year 2: Historical and Contextual Studies; Music, Culture and Performance (Baroque)           

Years 3 and 4: Music and the London Stage, 1650-1750 (Research Elective); Castrati and

their music in performance and reception (Research Elective): Independent Research 

Project. 

 

Postgraduate Teaching

 

MMus: Repertoire Research (keyboard strand)

Engagement with Learning for International Students

Research Supervision

David Cane: Representations of disability in post-war British opera. (Primary supervisor)

Anna Wright: The supporters and benefactors of the Royal Manchester College of Music (RMCM): musical patronage and philanthropy in Manchester, 1891–1920. (Primary supervisor)

Leighton Triplow (University of Melbourne): Constructs of gender and character representation in Purcellian song. (Joint supervisor during Exchange programme)

Amy Smith (Lancaster University): The Rhythm of Resistance: Music and Popular Politics in Early-Modern England. (Secondary supervisor)

Publications

    Dictionary Entrys

  • Manfredini, Giuseppe. Grove Music Online. Oxford University Press. 2014.
  • Chapters in Books

  • ”Geminiani v. Mrs Frederica: Legal Battles with an Opera Singer”, in Geminiani Studies, ed. by Christopher Hogwood, (Bologna: Ut Orpheus, 2013), pp.399-411.
  • Journal Articles

  • ”Henry Purcell and the construction of identity: iconography, heraldry and the Sonnata’s of III Parts (1683)”, Early Music, 44 (2016), 271–288. doi:10.1093/em/caw031
  • ”New Purcell Documents from the Court of King’s Bench”, Royal Musical Association Research Chronicle, 47 (2016), 1-23.
  • ”New Light on ‘Father’ Smith and the Organ of Christ Church, Dublin”, Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland, 10 (2015), 23-45.
  • ”A Debt contracted in Italy’: Ferdinando Tenducci in a London court and prison”, Early Music, 42 (2014), 219-230. 10.1093/em/cau028
  • ”’Young, Wild, and Idle’: New Light on Gaetano Guadagni’s Early London Career”, The Opera Journal, 46 (2013), 3-28.
  • ”Castrati and impresarios in London: two mid-eighteenth-century lawsuits”, Cambridge Opera Journal, 24 (2012), 43-65. 10.1017/S0954586712000134
  • Cheryll Duncan and David Mateer, ”An Innocent Abroad? Caterina Galli’s Finances in New Handel Documents”, Journal of the American Musicological Society, 64 (2011), 495-526. 10.1525/jams.2011.64.3.493
  • Review Articles

  • The Siren of Heaven’: a glimpse into the life and works of Francesca Caccini, Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2018, ACMRS Publications
  • Sounds and Sweet Airs: The Forgotten Women of Classical Music, Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2018, ACMRS Publications
  • David Hunter, The Lives of George Frederic Handel, Eighteenth-Century Music, 2017, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
  • Conference Contributions

  • Musical life in the King’s Bench Prison c.1760: new evidence from the Courts of Common Pleas and Exchequer ,  Music in Eighteenth-Century Britain, 33rd Annual Conference, London 24 November 2017
  • ‘Your Orator … hath for many years studied and practised the composing of Musick’: the royal licence as an early form of copyright protection ,  Music and Power in the Baroque Era, Lucca, Italy 11 November 2016
  • Henry Purcell and the construction of identity ,  Musical Biography: National Ideology, Narrative Technique, and the Nature of Myth, London 9 April 2015
  • Felice Giardini v. John Cox: new light on London concert life in the 1750s ,  British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 43rd Annual Conference, Oxford 8 January 2014 2014
  • Ferdinando Tenducci in a London court and prison ,  British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 42nd Annual Conference, Oxford 5 January 2013 2013

Professional Activity

Peer reviewer for Music & Letters, The London Journal and the Royal Musical Association Research Chronicle.