Professor of Music
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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.
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 and the instrument trade, the violin concerto around 1800, the English flute school from Nicholson to Morris, and Australian musicians in Europe around 1900.
Calendar of London Concerts 1750-1800
advertised in the London daily press
The database 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, and concerts at the principal gardens. For most of the period two titles were searched; for the later years many more were also consulted.
The database is essentially an index, with editorial standardization of names, genres and instruments. Searches can be made for specific items and also for more complex combinations: contact Simon McVeigh.
‘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)
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, to appear in the Journal of the Royal Musical Association in 2013. 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’.
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