Emily’s research and performances activities are closely intertwined, and she is passionate about incoorporating practice-based insights into historical musicology and to exploring and communicating new ideas through practice. Emily’s historical interests are wide ranging, including British and German musical culture in from the late-18th to the mid-20th century, history of sound recording and broadcasting (particularly the early BBC), performance practice 1750-1950, and topics relating to woodwind performance and repertoire.

Emily is also interested in the theory and methodology of embodied knowledge and practice-research in performance, and their application to historical topics. She is regularly invited to supervise and examine artistic practice-based doctoral projects on both historical and contemporary topics.

Emily is co-director of the Research Centre for Performance Practices (ReCePP) at the University of Huddersfield. ReCePP brings together staff and postgraduate students interested in investigating how performance practices generate knowledge, embody meaning, and envision alternative worlds. Researchers in ReCePP study practices in theatre, music, dance and beyond through a variety of perspectives, methods, and theories. A core focus of ReCePP is the development of innovative practice research methods, leading in the design of practice research and artistic research projects in the UK and internationally.

Emily’s recent work has focussed on the 18th-century clarinettist Franz Tausch, the early recordings of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Wind Quintet, and the embodied practice of Harmoniemusik. Emily’s full list of outputs and activites can be found on the University of Huddersfield’s PURE research portal here.

Doctoral Thesis

‘The modernisation of wind playing in London orchestras, 1909–1939: A study of playing style in early orchestral recordings’. DPhil Thesis, University of York, 2013. Available to download from the White Rose Repository. 

Research Presentations

HIP Embodied knowledge and the practice of Harmoniemusik: Online research seminar given at Birmingham Conservatoire in November 2020.

Ever greater heights: the altissimo range of the German Classical clarinet: Research seminar first presented at the University of Huddersfield Seminar Series, 18 October 2018