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Professor Simon McVeigh

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PositionProfessor of Music, Academic Director of Research Policy
Department Music
Email s.mcveigh (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7919 7446
Professor Simon McVeigh

Simon McVeigh is a musicologist specialising in British musical life 1700-1945, and in violin music and performance practices of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.  Books include Concert Life in London from Mozart to Haydn (Cambridge University Press) and The Italian Solo Concerto 1700-1760 (Boydell Press), while an edition of Arne’s oratorio Judith forms the 100th volume in the flagship series Musica Britannica. Currently, his research centres on London concert life 1880-1914: a substantial article on the LSO appeared in the Journal of the Royal Musical Association in 2013, and a book on London’s recital culture is in preparation. He is also co-investigator on the digital concert-programme initiative, InConcert, funded through the AHRC’s Transforming Musicology project.

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 and Head of Department in 1997. From 2001 to 2013 he served as a member of the College’s Senior Management Team, as Pro-Warden (Research and Enterprise) and then as Deputy Warden responsible for both academic development and international strategy. He is at present Academic Director of Research Policy, leading multi-disciplinary projects on Practice Research, on open access and on research integrity.

A Strategic Reviewer for the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and a member of the Royal Musical Association Council, he was Deputy Chair of Sub-panel 35 for the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

In addition, he is a violinist, viola-player 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 currently 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 instrumental music. He is always interested to hear from doctoral students wishing to discuss possible topics for supervision.

Recent 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.

Awards, grants and media appearances

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

 

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, Simon McVeigh’s research on music in Britain is now largely centred 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 (Journal of the Royal Musical Association, 2013). He is currently working on a new interpretation of London’s recital culture in this period, exploring not only the multiple intersections between commercial and artistic interests – both local and cosmopolitan – at this turning-point in British musical life, but also the potential of a multi-perspective publication to capture the richly varied nuances of a musical culture in the round.

This work is connected to his interest in the collection, curation and analysis of concert programme data, through the Concert Life in 19th-Century London Database and InConcert, an initiative within the AHRC project ‘Transforming Musicology’, which explores the concept of a collaborative digital archive of musical ephemera. He is also a contributor to the Southampton University research project Sound Heritage on music in historic houses.

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, along with an extensive programme of editing of violin concertos by Tessarini, Zani and others. Related publications include contributions to two Cambridge Histories: Eighteenth-Century Music and Musical Performance.

An edition of Arne’s oratorio Judith (with Peter Lynan) was selected to mark Vol. 100 in the prestigious series Musica Britannica.

Publications

Book

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

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

The Violinist in London’s Concert Life, 1750-1784: Felice Giardini and his Contemporaries
McVeigh, Simon. 1989. The Violinist in London’s Concert Life, 1750-1784: Felice Giardini and his Contemporaries. New York: Garland. ISBN 0824020189

Edited Book

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

Book Section

Handel in Concert: Social, National and Cultural Roles in Later Eighteenth-Century Britain
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

The Symphony in Britain
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

Performance in the 'Long Eighteenth Century': an Overview
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

Trial by Dining Club: the Instrumental Music of Haydn, Clementi and Mozart at London's Anacreontic Society
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

Industrial and Consumer Revolutions in Instrumental Music: Markets, Efficiency, Demand
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

'As the Sand on the Sea Shore': Women Violinists in London’s Concert Life around 1900
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

Concerto of the Individual
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

The Constrained Entrepreneur: Concert Promotion in Eighteenth-Century London
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

Viotti and London Violinists during the 1790s: A Calendar of Performances
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

The String Quartet in London Concert Life, 1769–1799
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

An Audience for High-Class Music: Concert Promoters and Entrepreneurs in Nineteenth-Century London
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

The 'Virtuosi Instromenti' and the Milanese Concerto in the Early Eighteenth Century
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

The Modernisation of London Concert Life Around 1900
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

Clementi, Viotti and the London Philharmonic Society
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

The Musician as Concert-Promoter in London, 1780-1850
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

Italian Violinists in Eighteenth-Century London
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

The Society of British Musicians (1834-1865) and the Campaign for Native Talent
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

Freemasonry and Musical Life in London in the late Eighteenth Century
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

The Benefit Concert in Nineteenth-Century London: From 'tax on the nobility' to 'monstrous nuisance'
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

London Newspapers 1750 to 1800: a Checklist and Guide for Musicologists
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

The Violinists of the Baroque and Classical Periods
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

Article

The London Symphony Orchestra: the First Decade Revisited
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

A Free Trade in Music: London during the Long 19th Century in a European Perspective
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

The Making of a Ritornello Movement: Compositional Strategy and Selection in Tessarini’s 'Opera prima'
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

The Professional Concert and Rival Subscription Series in London, 1783-93
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

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

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

Dataset

Calendar of London Concerts 1750-1800
McVeigh, Simon. Calendar of London Concerts 1750-1800.