I am a music graduate of Exeter University. After gaining an M.A. in the Interpretation and Editing of Renaissance and Baroque Music at Nottingham University, I continued my research into 17th-century English music for an M.Phil., entitled 'The Origins of Basso Continuo in England 1585-1625'. I have studied the baroque recorder with Michel Piguet and the baroque flute with Lisa Beznosiuk and Rachel Brown. For ten years I was editor of Chelys, the journal of the Viola da Gamba Society, and I am still very interested in the viols and their music. In Nottingham I founded the Holme Pierrepont Opera Trust for the performance of Baroque opera on period instruments, and in 1985 founded Musica Donum Dei. I revised the entries pre-1700 of the Penguin Dictionary of Music, and have written extensively for Encarta on musical subjects. I now perform, teach, write, review and edit, and also teach part-time for Nottingham University. My musical interests are wide-ranging , but I am particularly interested in 17th and 18th century performance-practice and placing works in an (entertaining !) historical context. My interests apart from music include mythology, history, the visual arts, literature and cookery. I am currently teaching courses on performance-practice and Handel.

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