Speakers & Performers

We have some amazing speakers and performers who will be taking part in the workshop.

Allan Wright (University of Glasgow), Performer

Allan-Wright-headshot-monoAllan Wright teaches at the University of Glasgow, where he earned both a BMus and an MMus, the latter in Frank Zappa studies. He is the organist at Glenburn Parish Church in Paisley, teaches privately, and tunes and restores pianos and harpsichords all over Scotland.  He’s involved with the Sonic Bothy, an innovative Glasgow-based program that allows adults with learning disabilities to participate in music.  His harpsichord teachers include John Kitchen and David McGuinness.

Andrew Bull (University of Glasgow), Performer

Andy BullAndrew Bull is a current MMus student at the University of Glasgow, having completed his BMus there last year. During his BMus years, he took an interest in baroque violin, studying first with Ruth Slater of the RCS and then Kristin Deeken of the Dunedin Consort. When not playing the violin or teaching, he is involved in researching the music of medieval Scotland, a study he will soon be expanding into a PhD.



Brianna Robertson-Kirkland  (University of Glasgow), Performer & Organiser

brianna-260x260Brianna  graduated with 1st class honours from The University of Glasgow, Bachelor of Music degree and was granted the Edward Caird Award to allow her to continue her studies in a joint degree course between the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the University of Glasgow studying for a Masters of Historically Informed Performance. She recently completed her PhD examining the 18th century castrato singer Venanzio Rauzzzini and his students funded by the University of Glasgow College of Arts Internship scholarship. In June 2016, she made her TED talk to a sold out audience at the TEDxGlasgow event, which took place at the Theatre Royal. Brianna is also an active performance and has taken part in master classes with Emma Kirkby, Nicholas Clapton and Robert Toft.

David McGuinness (University of Glasgow), Performer

unspecifiedDavid McGuinness divides his time between historical Scottish music and contemporary work. As director of early music ensemble Concerto Caledonia he has made thirteen albums, mostly of newly-rediscovered repertoire. The group has also collaborated with musicians in a variety of genres, including punk cabaret mavericks The Tiger Lillies, the late Dundonian songwriter Michael Marra, and English folk pioneer Martin Carthy. The group’s Revenge of the Folksingers project brought together early music improvisers with singers Alasdair Roberts, Olivia Chaney, Jim Moray and Mairi Campbell.

David has been a music producer and composer on several seasons of E4’s TV drama Skins, including collaborations with Gabrielle Aplin, Rae Morris, and the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.  In 2007 he produced John Purser’s 50-part history of Scottish music for BBC Radio Scotland and co-ordinated the station’s observance of No Music Day with the artist Bill Drummond. He is Senior Lecturer in music at the University of Glasgow, and was principal investigator on the AHRC-funded research project Bass Culture in Scottish Musical Traditions.

Elizabeth Ford (University of Glasgow), Performer & Organiser

Sitting on HarpsichordElizabeth Ford recently completed a PhD in music at the University of Glasgow, studying the flute in musical life in eighteenth-century Scotland. Her research focuses on the history of the flute, repertoire, pedagogy, overlaps with bagpipes, ‘Scottishness’, and the actual or suspected role of ladies in flute history, and challenges many long-held assumptions regarding flute history and Scottish music.  She has edited the first complete edition of the sonatas of William McGibbon (1690-1756), an eminent but now largely neglected figure in eighteenth-century Edinburgh.  She earned a BA in philosophy and music from West Virginia Wesleyan College and a MM in historical musicology and performance practice from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University.  She studied baroque flute with Colin St. Martin and Stephen Schultz, and was, for a time, the Second in Command of the John Marshall Fife and Drum Corps at Marshall University.

Katrina Faulds (University of Southampton), Performer & Speaker

Katrina FauldsKatrina Faulds studied music at the University of Western Australia and Australian National University before completing postgraduate studies on the fortepiano at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.  In 2012 she was granted a scholarship to attend the Attingham Trust Summer School, which provides an intensive insight into English country houses and their collections.
She completed her PhD at the University of Southampton in 2015 on social dance and dance music at Tatton Park (Cheshire) under the supervision of Professor Jeanice Brooks.  She is currently administrator for Sound Heritage, an AHRC-funded network overseen by Professor Brooks and Professor Jonathan Wainwright (University of York), which aims to bring together scholars of domestic music collections, and curators and heritage-sector professionals, to promote the role of music in English country houses.  Since 2012, she has also performed as a duet partnership with Dr Penelope Cave.

Kirsteen McCue (University of Glasgow), Performer & Speaker

Kirsteen McCueKirsteen McCue is Professor of Scottish Literature and Song Culture and Co-Director of the Centre for Robert Burns Studies at the University of Glasgow. She has edited two volumes of songs for the Stirling/South Carolina Research edition of the Collected works of James Hogg and is currently editing Robert Burns’s  songs for George Thomson for the new Oxford Works of Robert Burns (see http://burnsc21.glasgow.ac.uk/). She has published widely on Romantic song culture.


Mark Towsey (University of Liverpool), Speaker

s200_mark.towseyDr Mark Towsey is a Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Liverpool, and has published very extensively on the history of reading and libraries in the long eighteenth century, including his first book Reading and the Scottish Enlightenment (Brill, 2010). He held a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship in 2014-15, was the Bibliographical Society of America’s Katherine Pantzer Senior Fellow in Bibliography in 2015 and is a former Vice-President of the Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society. He is currently completing a monograph on readers’ uses of the past in the Anglophone Atlantic in the long eighteenth century, and leads an international research network on ‘Community Libraries’ (www.communitylibraries.net).

Penelope Cave (University of Southampton), Performer & Speaker

sense-and-sensibilities-teaPenelope Cave is an international, prize-winning harpsichordist and Attingham scholar. Since completing her PhD at the University of Southampton, with a thesis entitled ‘Piano Lessons in the English Country House, 1785-1845’, she was invited to be artist-in-residence at Dyrham Park, for the National Trust. Recordings include From Lisbon to Madrid, with 5 stars from the BBC Music Magazine, and Prima Facie issued Panorama, her recording of 20th century harpsichord repertoire, in May. Recently Dr. Cave has given papers for academic conferences in Lucca, Trondheim and Oxford (the latter with her keyboard-duet partner, Katrina Faulds), presenting research with a pedagogical emphasis on  Clementi, forgotten early-piano repertoire, and musical correspondence in Regency England.