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Doctoral Dissertation 

  • ‘Re-writing Composers’ Lives: Critical Historiography and Musical Biography’, 2 Vols. (PhD diss., Royal Holloway, University of London, 2008). pp. vii, 396; ii, 203. Available online via Royal Holloway Research Online.

Journal Special Issues (Guest-edited)

  • ‘Musical Biography: Myth, Ideology, and Nation’ (co-edited with Paul Watt), Journal of Musicological Research, Vol. 38, Nos. 3–4 (2019). With articles by Kirsty Asmussen, Anna Maria Barry, Joanne Cormac, Uri Golomb & Ronit Seter, Markéta Kratochvílová, Emily MacGregor, Richard Parfitt, Paul Watt, and Christopher Wiley.

Articles in Refereed Journals 

  • ‘Myth-Making and the Politics of Nationality in Narratives of J.S. Bach’s 1717 Contest with Louis Marchand’, Journal of Musicological Research, Vol. 38, Nos. 3–4 (2019), pp. 193–215. doi: 10.1080/01411896.2019.1644141. Available online via Taylor & Francis Online.
  • ‘Musical Biography in the Musicological Arena’, Journal of Musicological Research, Vol. 38, Nos. 3–4 (2019), pp. 187–92 (co-authored with Paul Watt). doi: 10.1080/01411896.2019.1644140. Available online via Taylor & Francis Online.
  • ‘Autoethnography, autobiography, and creative art as academic research in music studies: A fugal ethnodrama’, Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, Vol. 18, No. 2 (July 2019), pp. 73–115. doi: 10.22176/act18.2.73. Available online at <http://act.maydaygroup.org/volume-18-issue-2/act-18-2-wiley/>.
  • ‘Ethel Smyth, Suffrage and Surrey: From Frimley Green to Hook Heath, Woking’, Women’s History: The Journal of the Women’s History Network, Vol. 2, No. 11 (Autumn 2018), pp. 11–18. Available online via Surrey Research Insight.
  • ‘Tracing pedagogic frailty in arts and humanities education: An autoethnographic perspective’, Arts & Humanities in Higher Education, Vol. 17, No. 2 (April 2018), pp. 241–64 (with Ian M. Kinchin). doi: 10.1177/1474022217698082. Available online via Sage Journals.
  • ‘Music and Literature: Ethel Smyth, Virginia Woolf, and “The First Woman to Write an Opera”’, The Musical Quarterly, Vol. 96, No. 2 (Summer 2013), pp. 263–95. doi: 10.1093/musqtl/gdt012. Available online via Oxford Journals and Surrey Research Insight.
  • ‘“When a Woman Speaks the Truth About Her Body”: Ethel Smyth, Virginia Woolf, and the Challenges of Lesbian Auto/biography’, Music and Letters, Vol. 85, No. 3 (August 2004), pp. 388–414. doi: 10.1093/ml/85.3.388. Available online via Project MuseJSTOROxford Journals, and Surrey Research Insight.
  • ‘“A Relic of an Age Still Capable of a Romantic Outlook”: Musical Biography and The Master Musicians Series, 1899–1906’, Comparative Criticism, Vol. 25, ‘The Lives of the Disciplines: Comparative Biography’ (November 2003), pp. 161–202. Available online via Surrey Research Insight.

Book Chapters 

  • ‘Musical Biography and the Myth of the Muse’, in Vesa Kurkela and Markus Mantere eds. Critical Music Historiography: Probing Canons, Ideologies and Institutions. Farnham: Ashgate, 2015, pp. 251–61. Available online via Surrey Research Insight.
  • ‘Mythological Motifs in the Biographical Accounts of Haydn’s Later Life’, in Richard Chesser and David Wyn Jones eds. The Land of Opportunity: Joseph Haydn in Britain. London: The British Library, 2013, pp. 195–211. Available online via Surrey Research Insight.
  • ‘Putting the Music Back into Michael Jackson Studies’, in Michael Jackson: Grasping the Spectacle (new essays ed. by Christopher R. Smit). Farnham: Ashgate, 2012, pp. 101–16. Available online via Surrey Research Insight.
  • ‘Theorizing Television Music as Serial Art: Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the Narratology of Thematic Score’, in Kendra Preston Leonard ed. Buffy, Ballads, and Bad Guys Who Sing: Music in the Worlds of Joss Whedon. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 2011. pp. 29–73. Available online via City Research Online and Surrey Research Insight.

Conference Proceedings

  • ‘Biography and the New Musicology’, in Tatjana Marković and Vesna Mikić eds. (Auto)Biography as a Musicological Discourse. Beograd [Belgrade]: Fakultet Muzicke Umetnosti, 2010. pp. 3–27. Available online via Surrey Research Insight.

Score Prefaces, Liner Notes, Programme Notes

  • ‘Fête Galante: Ethel Smyth’s Neoclassical Dance-Opera’ (with Valerie Langfield) and Synopsis. Liner notes for Ethel Smyth, Fête Galante and Liza Lehmann, The Happy Prince (first recordings). Retrospect Opera RO007, 2019. Available online via Surrey Research Insight.
  • Programme notes for Ethel Smyth, Mass in D and biographical profile of the composer, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, The Barbican, London, 15 November 2018. Available online via Surrey Research Insight.
  • Programme notes for Ethel Smyth, ‘On the Cliffs of Cornwall’ (Prelude to Act 2 of The Wreckers) and biographical profile of the composer, BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London, 1 August 2018. Available online via Surrey Research Insight.
  • Foreword for Ethel Smyth, The Wreckers (re-release of 1994 Conifer Classics recording). Retrospect Opera ROO04, 2018. Available online via Surrey Research Insight.
  • The Boatswain’s Mate in the context of Smyth’s life and works’. Liner notes for Ethel Smyth, The Boatswain’s Mate (first modern recording). Retrospect Opera ROO01, 2016. Available online via Surrey Research Insight.
  • Preface for Study Score of Ethel Smyth, Variations on Bonny Sweet Robin (Ophelia’s Song). Munich: Musikproduktion Jürgen Höflich, 2015. Available online at <https://repertoire-explorer.musikmph.de/wp-content/uploads/vorworte_prefaces/1724.html> (in English and in German translation).

Dictionary and Encyclopaedia Entries 

  • ‘Reception, Contemporary’, in Caryl Clark and Sarah Day-O’Connell eds. Cambridge Haydn Encyclopedia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019, pp. 321–5.
  • ‘Adrien Boieldieu’, ‘Charles-Simon Catel’, ‘Nicolas-Marie Dalayrac’,‘François-Joseph Gossec’, ‘Rodolphe Kreutzer’, ‘Etienne-Nicolas Méhul’, ‘Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny’, ‘Mourons pour la patrie (arr. Berlioz, 1848)’, and‘Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisle’, in Pierre Citron, Cécile Reynaud, Jean-Pierre Bartoli, and Peter Bloom eds. Dictionnaire Berlioz. Paris: Fayard, 2003. Translated by Odile Demange.

Reviews

  • ‘A Fresh Start and Two (More) Portraits: Theatrical Shows on the Life and Work of Ethel Smyth for 2018’, Women’s History: The Journal of the Women’s History Network, Vol. 2, No. 11 (Autumn 2018), pp. 39–40. Available online via Surrey Research Insight.
  • Review of Irving Godt, Marianna Martines: A Woman Composer in the Vienna of Mozart and Haydn, edited by John A. Rice, in Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Vol. 35, No. 2 (June 2012), pp. 285–86. doi: 10.1111/j.1754-0208.2011.00404.x. Available online via Wiley Online LibraryCity Research Online, and Surrey Research Insight.
  • Review of Jolanta T. Pekacz (ed.), Musical Biography: Towards New Paradigms, in Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, Vol. 30, No. 2 (Spring 2007), pp. 215–19. doi: 10.1353/bio.2007.0044. Available online via Project Muse and Surrey Research Insight.

Conference Papers (Overseas) 

  • ‘From Research-led Teaching to Teaching-led Research: Keeping Curricula Contemporary in Higher Education Popular Music’, delivered at the inaugural ‘Progressive Methods in Popular Music Education’ Symposium, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada, 8–9 June 2018 (presented remotely).
  • ‘Musical Biography as a National and Transnational Genre’, KEYNOTE, delivered at ‘Transnational Perspectives on the Writing of Artists’ Lives, 19th-21st centuries’, University of Amsterdam, 25–26 January 2018.
  • ‘Music and (or?) Musical Biography’, delivered at ‘Words About Music’, Monash University Law Chambers, Melbourne, 12 April 2014.
  • ‘Musical Biography and the Myth of the Muse’, delivered at Radical Music History Symposium 2011, Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, 8–9 December 2011.
  • ‘Musical Biography and the Intervention of the Work-Concept’, delivered at the 2009 Joint Annual Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland and the Royal Musical Association, Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin, 9–12 July 2009.
  • ‘Biography and the New Musicology’, KEYNOTE, delivered at ‘(Auto)Biography as a Musicological Discourse’, The Ninth International Conference of The Departments of Musicology and Ethnomusicology, Faculty of Music, University of Arts, Belgrade, 19–22 April 2008.
  • ‘Biography, Historiography, and the Beethoven/Schubert Mythology’, delivered at the 2004 Joint Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society and the Society for Music Theory, Seattle, WA, 11–14 November 2004.

Conference Papers (UK) 

  • ‘Stories of the self(s) in music studies: method, self-reflexivity, and narrative enquiry’, delivered at the 55th Annual Conference of the Royal Musical Association, University of Manchester and Royal Northern College of Music, 11–13 September 2019.
  • ‘Ethel Smyth, Music, and the Suffragette Movement: Reconsidering The Boatswain’s Mate as Feminist Opera’, delivered at ‘100 years+ of the Women’s Movement in Kent, Sussex, and Surrey – A Community Research Workshop’, University of Kent, 8 December 2018.
  • ‘Ethel Smyth, Music, and the Suffragette Movement: Reconsidering The Boatswain’s Mate as Feminist Opera’, delivered at ‘The Campaign for Women’s Suffrage: National and international perspectives’, 27th Annual Women’s History Network Conference, University of Portsmouth, 31 August–1 September 2018.
  • ‘Ethel Smyth, Music, and the Suffragette Movement: Reconsidering The Boatswain’s Mate as Feminist Opera’, delivered at ‘Centennial Reflections on Women’s Suffrage and the Arts – Local : National : Transnational’, University of Surrey, 29–30 June 2018.
  • ‘Anecdote as a Genre in Musical Biography’, delivered at ‘Biography and Public History: Constructing Historical Narratives through Life-Writing’, University of Nottingham, 20 June 2018.
  • ‘Musical biography and the (non-)consonance of music and literature’, delivered at ‘Music and Literature: Innovations, Intersections, and Interpretations’, Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, 14–15 June 2018.
  • ‘Gender Studies and Multi-Disciplinary Teaching: A Case Study of Ethel Smyth, Music, and the Suffragette Movement’, delivered at ‘Education, College Women, and Suffrage: International Perspectives’, Royal Holloway, University of London, 13–14 June 2018.
  • ‘From Research-led Teaching to Teaching-led Research: An autoethnographic enquiry into keeping curricula contemporary in higher education popular music’, delivered at ‘Beyond “Mesearch”: Autoethnography, self-reflexivity, and personal experience as academic research in music studies’, Institute of Musical Research, University of London, 16–17 April 2018.
  • KEYNOTE Concert and Dialogue by MusicArt London: Christopher Le Brun and Annie Yim, in conversation with Christopher Wiley, delivered at ‘Writing About Contemporary Artists: Challenges, Practices, and Complexities’, Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Surrey, 20–22 October 2017.
  • ‘Reconsidering Ethel Smyth’s The Boatswain’s Mate as Feminist Opera’, accepted at the combined Tenth Biennial International Conference on Music Since 1900 and Surrey Music Analysis Conference (ICMSN/SurreyMAC 2017), University of Surrey, 11–14 September 2017.
  • ‘Subject and Countersubject: The Prevalence of the Genius and the Muse in Musical Biography’, delivered at ‘Beyond Genius and Muse: Collaborating Couples in Twentieth-Century Arts’, University of Bristol, 18–19 April 2017.
  • ‘Myth-making and the Politics of Nationality in Narratives of J.S. Bach’s 1717 Contest with Louis Marchand’, delivered at ‘Musical Biography: National Ideology, Narrative Technique, and the Nature of Myth’, Institute of Musical Research, University of London, 9–10 April 2015.
  • ‘Life and Works: The Master Musicians Series (1899–1906) as Victorian Period-Piece’, delivered at ‘Music Literature, Historiography, and Aesthetics’, Institute of Musical Research, University of London, 17–18 July 2014.
  • ‘Late Victorian Appropriations in the Biographies of Handel, Haydn, and Mendelssohn’, delivered at ‘Purcell, Handel, Haydn, and Mendelssohn: Anniversary Reflections’, Royal Musical Association Conference, New College, Oxford, 27–29 March 2009.
  • ‘Mythological Motifs in the Biographical Accounts of Haydn’s Later Life’, delivered at ‘Joseph Haydn and the Business of Music’, The British Library Conference Centre, 14–15 March 2009.
  • ‘Mozart’s Requiem, Musical Biography, and the Great Last Work’, delivered at ‘Words and Notes in the Nineteenth Century’, Institute of Musical Research and Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London, 2–3 July 2007.
  • ‘Biography, Historiography, and the Beethoven/Schubert Mythology’, delivered at the 13th Biennial International Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music, University of Durham, 6–9 July 2004.
  • ‘Music and Literature: Ethel Smyth, Virginia Woolf, and “The First Woman to Write an Opera”’, delivered at the 14th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, ‘Back to Bloomsbury’, Institute of English Studies, London, 23–26 June 2004.
  • ‘“I Believe the Subtext Here is Rapidly Becoming Text”: Music, Gender, and Fantasy in Buffy the Vampire Slayer’, delivered at ‘Blood, Text, and Fears: Reading Around Buffy the Vampire Slayer’, University of East Anglia, 19–20 October 2002.
  • ‘“When a Woman Speaks the Truth About Her Body”: Ethel Smyth, Virginia Woolf, and the Challenges of Lesbian Auto/biography’, delivered at the 37th Annual Conference of the Royal Musical Association, ‘The Theory and Practice of Musical Biography’, King’s College London, 19–21 October 2001.

Research Seminars, Colloquia, Symposia, and Invited Lectures 

  • ‘Reconsidering Ethel Smyth’s The Boatswain’s Mate as Feminist Opera’, delivered in the Faculty of Music Colloquium series, Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge, 6 February 2019.
  • ‘Ethel Smyth, Music, and the Suffragette Movement: Reconsidering The Boatswain’s Mate as Feminist Opera’, delivered at ‘Suffragette Symposium – Celebrating 100 Years’, The Gender and Sexuality Research Group (GenSex), Edge Hill University, 28 February 2018.
  • ‘National Trends in Musical Biography’, delivered in the Music Research Colloquia series, Faculty of Music, University of Oxford, 16 June 2015.
  • ‘Dame Ethel Smyth (1858–1944): In Search of a Lesbian Identity in Music and Literature’, delivered at the Ethel Smyth Symposium, LGBT History Month 2014, University of Surrey, 19 February 2014 (plus concert).
  • ‘Ethel Smyth, Virginia Woolf, and “The First Woman to Write an Opera”’, delivered at the University of Surrey, 20 November 2013 (research seminar).
  • ‘Putting the Music Back into Michael Jackson Studies’, delivered at Kingston University London, 16 February 2010 (invited colloquium).
  • ‘Gender and the Perpetuation of the Beethoven/Schubert Mythology’, delivered at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, University of Leeds, 28 November 2007 (research seminar).
  • ‘“A Relic of an Age Still Capable of a Romantic Outlook”: The Master Musicians Series, 1899–1906’, delivered at ‘Music and Britain: A Social History Seminar’, Institute of Historical Research, London, 18 November 2002.
  • ‘“When a Woman Speaks the Truth About Her Body”: Ethel Smyth, Virginia Woolf, and the Challenges of Lesbian Auto/biography’, delivered at Graduate Students’ Colloquia, University of Oxford, 22 January 2002.

Pre-Performance Talks 

  • Pre-performance talk on Ethel Smyth for London Orianna Choir, Southwark Cathedral, London, 3 November 2018 (performance of Smyth’s Mass in D).
  • Pre-performance talk on Mozart’s Così fan tutte for Glyndebourne Tour 2017, Rhoda McGaw Theatre, Woking, 7 November 2017.
  • Pre-concert talk for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, G Live, Guildford, 7 April 2017 (host, with conductor Barry Wordsworth).
  • Pre-performance talk on Puccini’s Madama Butterfly for Glyndebourne Tour 2016, Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes, 9 November 2016 and Rhoda McGaw Theatre, Woking, 30 November 2016.
  • Pre-performance talk on Mozart’s Don Giovanni for Glyndebourne Tour 2016, Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes, 8 November 2016.
  • Pre-performance talk on Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail for Glyndebourne Tour 2015, Rhoda McGaw Theatre, Woking, 1 December 2015.
  • Pre-concert talk for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, G Live, Guildford, 15 May 2015 (host, with conductor Andrew Greenwood).
  • Pre-concert talk for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, G Live, Guildford, 7 November 2014 (host, with conductor Eduardo Portal).
  • Pre-performance talk on Mozart’s La finta giardiniera for Glyndebourne Tour 2014, Rhoda McGaw Theatre, Woking, 28 October 2014.
  • Pre-concert talk for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, G Live, Guildford, 23 October 2013 (host, with conductor Ivor Setterfield and soloist Alexander Sitkovetsky).

Other Public Output

  • ‘Dame Ethel Smyth: Frimhurst’s Famous Resident’, Heritage Open Days, Frimhurst Family House, Frimley Green (Ethel Smyth’s childhood home), 15 September 2018.
  • ‘Dame Ethel Smyth (1858–1944): Composer and Suffragette’, Farnham Society, Heritage Open Days, The Maltings, Farnham, 14 September 2018.
  • ‘Dame Ethel Smyth (1858–1944), “Duchess of Woking”’, Woking History Society, Christ Church, Woking, 3 September 2018.
  • ‘Dame Ethel Smyth, Groundbreaking Composer, Writer, and Suffragette’, talk for Surrey Local History Committee annual symposium, Surrey History Centre, Woking, 21 April 2018.
  • ‘Dame Ethel Smyth (1858–1944): Composer, Writer, Suffragette, and Woking Resident’, International Women’s Day talk, The Lightbox, Woking, 8 March 2018.
  • ‘Ethel Smyth’s (feminist?) opera, The Boatswain’s Mate’, talk for Guildford Hard of Hearing Support Group, 27 February 2017.
  • ‘Dame Ethel Smyth, Groundbreaking Composer, Writer, and Suffragette’, The Guildford Institute, Guildford, 18 January 2017.
  • ‘Ethel Smyth: Composer, Author, Suffragette, and Surrey Resident’, talk at Frimhurst Family House, Frimley Green, 11 September 2016.
  • ‘The Composer Dame Ethel Smyth and her Deafness’, talk for Guildford Hard of Hearing Support Group, 26 January 2015.
  • ‘Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd in Context’ (Sweeney Todd pre-screening talk), University of Surrey, 5 November 2014.
  • ‘Music and the James Bond Phenomenon’ (Goldfinger pre-screening talk), University of Surrey, 23 October 2014.
  • Ethel Smyth Concert, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the composer’s death, Christ Church, Woking, 8 May 2014 (oboe, organ, and host).
  • Concert at the Ethel Smyth Symposium, LGBT History Month 2014, University of Surrey, 19 February 2014 (oboe).
  • ‘Shout! Shout! Up With Your Song!’, invited public lecture delivered at The Women’s Library, London, 27 September 2011 (with Sandi Toksvig).

Scholarship in the Media

Television and Radio

  • Interview with the Pyrford TV ARTS programme, Spring Edition 2018, <https://youtu.be/fFAuVmbmmPw> (starting at 09:18). Subject: Ethel Smyth.
  • Live interview on the BBC Radio Surrey programme ‘Breakfast on BBC Surrey’, 6 February 2018. Subject: Ethel Smyth and women’s suffrage.
  • Live interview (2 hours, in studio) on Radio Woking, ‘Fiery Bird’ programme, 28 October 2016. Various subjects, including Ethel Smyth and The Boatswain’s Mate.
  • Interview (in studio) on Surrey and Hampshire’s Eagle Radio, 30 December 2014. Subject: the continuing popularity of ‘Let It Go’ from Disney’s Frozen.
  • Live interview on Monocle 24’s ‘The Briefing’ (global radio station), 14 June 2013. Subject: the copyright challenge to ‘Happy Birthday to You’.
  • Live interviews (in studio) on Hertfordshire’s Radio Verulam, 8 April, 13 May, 22 July, 29 July, and 30 September 2012, 6 January, 13 January, and 5 May 2013, and 28 December 2014. Various musical subjects, predominantly on topics of musical theatre and music in popular culture.
  • Live interview on BBC Three Counties Radio’s ‘The Other One Show’, 8 March 2011, as the featured ‘guru of the day’.
  • Interview on Leicester’s Demon FM, 17 December 2010. Subject: Michael Jackson’s posthumously released Michael album.
  • Live interviews (in studio) on the BBC News Channel, 26 June 2009 and BBC One (BBC Breakfast), 27 June 2009 (two interviews). Subject: Michael Jackson.
  • Interviews on LBC Radio (28 June 2009, live, plus podcast), BBC Radio Jersey (29 June 2009), Herts Mercury Radio (7 July 2009), and BBC Three Counties Radio (14 July 2009, live). Subject: Michael Jackson.
  • Interview on the BBC Radio 4 programme ‘Mr Haydn’s London Experience’, transmission date 26 May 2009, rebroadcast on Easter Day (4 April) 2010.
  • Live interview (in studio) on BBC Radio 4’s ‘You and Yours’ programme, 26 January 2007. Subject: Downloads and the UK Charts.

Press

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