Emeritus Professor of Musicology
BMus Hons, MA (Music), MA (Psych), PhD, PGCE, Ad Dip Couns, FRHistS, SFHEA, HonRNCM
Email: [email protected]
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 fourteenth-century English sacred music. After teaching music at a number of UK colleges and universities she joined the RNCM in 2003, where prior to retiring in October 2022 she taught on numerous academic modules and was Senior Learning Support Tutor for the College. Cheryll was awarded Honorary Membership of the RNCM in 2015, and Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2021.
Cheryll’s ongoing research concerns professional music culture in Britain during the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. She has published a monograph on the violinist and composer Felice Giardini; scholarly 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; a chapter in Geminiani Studies (ed. Christopher Hogwood), and dictionary entries on the singer/composer Giuseppe Manfredini (Grove Music Online) and the singer Elisabeth Duparc (Oxford Dictionary of National Biography). In 2020 she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in recognition of her contribution to historical scholarship.
Projects on which Cheryll is currently working include G.F. Crosa and opera in London 1748-50; a lawsuit involving the flautist Lewis Granom; and a biographical study of the singer Jane Barbier.
Current and Future Research
My research broadly encompasses professional music culture in Britain during the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, drawing on newly discovered archival material, particularly common law and equity lawsuits.
‘The law and the profits: Lewis Granom and the royal licence as a form of music copyright protection’ (Music & Letters)
For Grove Music Online: entries on John Cox (music seller, publisher and instrument dealer) and John Simpson (music publisher, engraver and instrument dealer)
”Much want of judgment’? New evidence concerning Jane Barbier’. Women’s Studies Group 1558–1837 Annual Seminar Series (May 2021).
‘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).
David Cane: Representations and intersections of queerness and disability in the stage works of Benjamin Britten. (Primary supervisor) Completed 2022.
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). Completed 2019.
Amy Smith (Lancaster University): The Rhythm of Resistance: Music and Popular Politics in Early-Modern England. (Secondary supervisor).
- Felice Giardini and Professional Music Culture in Mid-Eighteenth-Century London, (Abingdon, Oxon and New York: Routledge, 2020).
- ”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
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- 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
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- Giovanni Francesco Crosa and opera in London 1748-50: new evidence from the Court of Exchequer , Royal Musical Association 55th Annual Conference, Manchester, 13 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, 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
- Duparc, (Anna Maria) Elisabeth Rossa. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. 2022.
- Duparc, Elisabeth. Grove Music Online. Oxford University Press. 2021.
- Manfredini, Giuseppe. Grove Music Online. Oxford University Press. 2014.
Chapters in Books
Peer reviewer for:
Music & Letters
The London Journal
Royal Musical Association Research Chronicle