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Professor Simon McVeigh

Position held:
Professor of Music

+44 (0)20 7919 7446

s.mcveigh (@gold.ac.uk)

Simon McVeigh is a musicologist specialising in London concert life, 1700-1945, and in violin music and performance practices of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.  Following doctoral studies at Oxford University he took up a lectureship at the University of Aberdeen before joining the Music Department at Goldsmiths in 1980. He was appointed Professor of Music in 1997 and was Head of Department from 1997 to 2000. From 2001 to 2013 he was a member of the College’s Senior Management Team, initially as Pro-Warden (Research and Enterprise) and then Deputy Warden responsible for academic development and international strategy.

His research interests as a musicologist are in London concert life, 1700-1945, and in violin music and performance practices of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Formerly editor of the RMA Research Chronicle, he is currently a Strategic Reviewer for the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and Deputy Chair of Sub-panel 35 for the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

In addition, he is a violinist, baroque violinist and conductor, directing the London Mozart Players and the Hanover Band in concerts and recordings. A governor of Trinity College of Music from 1998 to 2005, and now of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, he was made an honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Music in 2007. 

Areas of supervision

Simon McVeigh has supervised a wide range of research topics from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries, primarily relating to British musical life and to violin music. He would be happy to hear from doctoral students interested in discussing possible topics for supervision.

Current students’ research areas include late eighteenth-century English song, the violin concerto around 1800, the nineteenth-century piano and the Great Exhibition, and the English flute school from Nicholson to Morris.

Professional activities

Simon McVeigh
Calendar of London Concerts 1750-1800
advertised in the London daily press

The calendar database is now freely available online here in both a universal csv format and as a formatted xls spreadsheet to be read in Excel. The calendar contains records of nearly 5,000 concerts, advertised in London daily newspapers from 1750 to 1800: subscription concerts, benefits, oratorio performances, meetings of musical societies, concerts at the principal gardens. Information on concert programmes is provided where known, with editorial standardization of names, genres and instruments. Accompanying the two spreadsheets are an information sheet and a list of abbreviations, including editorial identification of names.

Keynote lectures

‘The Impact of “Impact”: Music  Research and its Publics’, Royal Musical Association Annual Conference: Horizons, University of Sussex (16 July 2011)

‘Influence and Anxiety: Music in Edwardian Britain Revisited’, Expressions of Britishness: Music and the Arts in the Twentieth Century, Conference at the Institute of Musical Research (11 January 2013)

Research interests

Following his widely-cited book on London concert life in the late eighteenth century (Concert Life in London from Mozart to Haydn) and the associated Calendar of London Concerts 1750-1800, his research on music in Britain is now largely focussed on the period around 1900.  The AHRC-funded project ‘The Transformation of London Concert Life, 1880-1914’ (in collaboration with Leanne Langley and the late Cyril Ehrlich) has led to numerous publications, including a major reassessment of the first decade of the London Symphony Orchestra, in the Journal of the Royal Musical Association. He is also contributing to the Concert Life in 19th-Century London Database and (with Peter Lynan) preparing an edition of Arne’s oratorio Judith for Musica Britannica.

The early eighteenth-century Italian concerto was the subject of a large-scale project with Jehoash Hirshberg, resulting in The Italian Solo Concerto 1710-1760: Rhetorical Strategies and Style History and an extensive programme of editing of violin concertos by Tessarini, Zani and others. Related publications include contributions to two recent Cambridge Histories: Eighteenth-Century Music and Musical Performance.

He is a frequent contributor to radio and TV, advising and appearing on the Haydn programme in the highly regarded BBC2 series ‘The Birth of British Music’ and contributed to the BBC4 Series ‘Music, Mischief and Morals in the 18th Century’.

Selected publications

Number of items: 32.


McVeigh, Simon. 2013. The London Symphony Orchestra: the First Decade Revisited. Journal of the Royal Musical Association, 138(2), pp. 313-376. ISSN 0269-0403 [Article]

McVeigh, Simon. 2007. A Free Trade in Music: London during the Long 19th Century in a European Perspective. Journal of Modern European History, 5(1), pp. 67-94. ISSN 16118944 [Article]

Hirshberg, Jehoash and McVeigh, Simon. 2000. The Making of a Ritornello Movement: Compositional Strategy and Selection in Tessarini’s 'Opera prima'. Informazioni e Studi Vivaldiani, 21, pp. 35-73. ISSN 0393-2915 [Article]

McVeigh, Simon. 1989. The Professional Concert and Rival Subscription Series in London, 1783-93. Royal Musical Association Research Chronicle, 22, pp. 1-135. ISSN 00804460 [Article]

McVeigh, Simon. 1988. Music and Lock Hospital in the 18th Century. Musical Times, 129, pp. 235-240. ISSN 0027-4666 [Article]

McVeigh, Simon. 1983. Felice Giardini: a Violinist in Late Eighteenth-Century London. Music and Letters, 64, pp. 162-172. ISSN 0027-4224 [Article]


McVeigh, Simon and Hirshberg, J.. 2004. The Italian Solo Concerto, 1700-1760: Rhetorical Strategies and Style History. Boydell Press. ISBN 1843830922 [Book]

McVeigh, Simon. 1993. Concert Life in London from Mozart to Haydn. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0521413532 [Book]

Book Section

McVeigh, Simon. 2014. Handel in Concert: Social, National and Cultural Roles in Later Eighteenth-Century Britain. In: Laurenz Lütteken and Wolfgang Sandberger, eds. Göttinger Händel-Beiträge 15. Göttingen: Vanderkoeck & Ruprecht, pp. 161-176. ISBN 9783525278321 [Book Section]

McVeigh, Simon. 2012. Performance in the 'Long Eighteenth Century': an Overview. In: Colin Lawson and Robin Stowell, eds. The Cambridge History of Musical Performance. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 473-505. ISBN 9780521896115 [Book Section]

McVeigh, Simon. 2012. The Symphony in Britain. In: Mary Sue Morrow and Bathia Churgin, eds. The Symphonic Repertoire: The Eighteenth-Century Symphony. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, pp. 629-661. ISBN 9780253356406 [Book Section]

McVeigh, Simon. 2012. Trial by Dining Club: the Instrumental Music of Haydn, Clementi and Mozart at London's Anacreontic Society. In: Bennett Zon, ed. Music and Performance Culture in Nineteenth-Century Britain: Essays in Honour of Nicholas Temperley. Farnham: Ashgate, pp. 105-138. ISBN 9781409495536 [Book Section]

McVeigh, Simon. 2010. 'As the Sand on the Sea Shore': Women Violinists in London’s Concert Life around 1900. In: Emma Hornby and David Maw, eds. Essays on the History of English Music in Honour of John Caldwell. Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, pp. 232-258. ISBN 9781843835356 [Book Section]

McVeigh, Simon. 2010. Industrial and Consumer Revolutions in Instrumental Music: Markets, Efficiency, Demand. In: Roberto Illiano and Luca Sala, eds. Instrumental Music and the Industrial Revolution. Bologna: Ut Orpheus, pp. 3-35. ISBN 9788881094684 [Book Section]

McVeigh, Simon. 2009. Concerto of the Individual. In: Simon P. Keefe, ed. Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Music. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 583-612. ISBN 9780521663199 [Book Section]

McVeigh, Simon. 2008. The Constrained Entrepreneur: Concert Promotion in Eighteenth-Century London. In: Hans Erich Bödeker, Patrice Veit and Michael Werner, eds. Organisateurs et formes d’organisation du concert en Europe 1700–1920: Institutionnalisation et pratiques. Berlin: Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag, pp. 47-56. ISBN 9783830515517 [Book Section]

McVeigh, Simon. 2006. Viotti and London Violinists during the 1790s: A Calendar of Performances. In: Massimiliano Sala, ed. Giovanni Battista Viotti: A Composer between the Two Revolutions. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 87-119. ISBN 8881094576 [Book Section]

McVeigh, Simon. 2004. An Audience for High-Class Music: Concert Promoters and Entrepreneurs in Nineteenth-Century London. In: W. Weber, ed. The Musician as Entrepreneur, 1700-1914: Managers, Charlatans and Idealists. Indiana University Press, pp. 162-182. ISBN 0253344565 [Book Section]

McFarlane, Meredith and McVeigh, Simon. 2004. The String Quartet in London Concert Life, 1769–1799. In: Susan Wollenberg and Simon McVeigh, eds. Concert Life in Eighteenth-Century Britain. Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 161-190. ISBN 0754638685 [Book Section]

Hirshberg, Jehoash and McVeigh, Simon. 2004. The 'Virtuosi Instromenti' and the Milanese Concerto in the Early Eighteenth Century. In: Anna Cattoretti, ed. Giovanni Battista Sammartini and his Musical Environment. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 203-244. ISBN 250351233X [Book Section]

McVeigh, Simon. 2002. Clementi, Viotti and the London Philharmonic Society. In: Roberto Illiano, Luca Sala and Massimiliano Sala, eds. Muzio Clementi: Studies and Projects. Bologna: Ut Orpheus, pp. 67-80. ISBN 8881094487 [Book Section]

McVeigh, Simon and Ehrlich, C.. 2002. The Modernisation of London Concert Life Around 1900. In: M. Talbot, ed. The Business of Music. Liverpool University Press, pp. 96-120. ISBN 0853235287 [Book Section]

McVeigh, Simon. 2002. The Musician as Concert-Promoter in London, 1780-1850. In: Hans-Erich Bödeker, Patrice Veit and Michael Werner, eds. Le concert et son public. Paris: Editions Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, pp. 71-92. ISBN 2735109143 [Book Section]

McVeigh, Simon. 2001. Italian Violinists in Eighteenth-Century London. In: Reinhard Strohm, ed. The Eighteenth-Century Diaspora of Italian Music and Musicians. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 139-176. ISBN 2503510205 [Book Section]

McVeigh, Simon. 2000. Freemasonry and Musical Life in London in the late Eighteenth Century. In: David Wyn Jones, ed. Music in Eighteenth-Century Britain. Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 72-100. ISBN 1840146885 [Book Section]

McVeigh, Simon. 2000. The Society of British Musicians (1834-1865) and the Campaign for Native Talent. In: Christina Bashford and Leanne Langley, eds. Music and British Culture, 1785-1914: Essays in Honour of Cyril Ehrlich. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 145-168. ISBN 019816730 [Book Section]

McVeigh, Simon. 1999. The Benefit Concert in Nineteenth-Century London: From 'tax on the nobility' to 'monstrous nuisance'. In: Bennett Zon, ed. Nineteenth-Century British Music Studies 1. Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 242-266. ISBN 1840142596 [Book Section]

McVeigh, Simon. 1996. London Newspapers 1750 to 1800: a Checklist and Guide for Musicologists. In: Michael Burden and Irena Cholij, eds. A Handbook for Studies in 18th-Century English Music VI. Oxford: Burden & Cholij, pp. 1-60. ISBN 0951278584 [Book Section]

McVeigh, Simon. 1992. The Violinists of the Baroque and Classical Periods. In: Robin Stowell, ed. The Cambridge Companion to the Violin. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 46-60. ISBN 0521399238 [Book Section]


Edited Book

Wollenberg, Susan and McVeigh, Simon, eds. 2004. Concert Life in Eighteenth-Century Britain. Aldershot: Ashgate. ISBN 0754638685 [Edited Book]

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