Research

2013-04-18 13.29.42Emily is currently working towards a DMus (Doctor of Music) degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. The focus for this is the ornamentation and stylistic features found in english mechanical musical instruments from 1730-1820 and how/why these differ from our current understanding of how to play music from this period.

Recently Emily has made the first ever recording of an important and miraculously preserved Barrel Organ in a private collection in Kent which is providing the basis of much of her current work. However she is also examining so called ‘flute-clocks’ which were produced in England throughout the eighteenth-century and also other Barrel Organs, including one taken by Sir William Parry on his voyages to the Arctic.

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Emily also convened a conference held at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as a joint event with NEMA and the Guildhall’s ResearchWorks department. This was held on 7th and 8th July 2013 and focussed on ‘Mechanical Musical Instruments and Historical Performance’.