Lecturer and Learning Support Tutor
BMus (Hons), MA Music, MA Psych, PhD, PGCE, Ad Dip Couns, HonRNCM, FHEA
Cheryll obtained her BMus with First Class Honours from the University of Sheffield in 1976, where she studied 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 long eighteenth century, 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 Learning Support Tutor, 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.
Current and Future Research
My research broadly encompasses professional music culture in London during the long eighteenth century, mostly drawing on newly discovered archival material, particularly common law and equity lawsuits.
Felice Giardini and professional music culture in mid-eighteenth-century London (book)
‘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)
‘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 Eighteen-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)
Year 1 Language of Music, History of Music (Baroque)
Year 2 Historical and Contextual Studies (Baroque); Performance Studies (Baroque);
Music, Culture and Performance (Baroque)
Years 3 and 4 Music and the London Stage, 1650-1750 (Elective)
Castrati and their music in performance and reception (Elective
Independent Research project (Elective)
- Repertoire Research
- Engagement with Learning for International Students
David Cane: Representations of disability in post-war British opera.
Leighton Triplow (University of Melbourne): Constructs of gender and character representation in Purcellian song.
- Manfredini, Giuseppe. Grove Music Online. Oxford University Press. 2014.
- ”Geminiani v. Mrs Frederica: Legal Battles with an Opera Singer”, in Geminiani Studies, ed. by Christopher Hogwood, (Bologna: Ut Orpheus, 2013), pp.399-411.
- ”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
- ‘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
- ‘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
Chapters in Books
Peer reviewer: The London Journal
Peer reviewer: Royal Musical Association Research Chronicle
Book reviewer, Eighteenth-Century Music
Concert and book reviewer, Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal