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John Bryan was appointed to the University of Huddersfield as Principal Lecturer and Performance Leader in 1994, was Head of Music and Drama from 2005 to 2014 and was awarded a Professorship for his practice-led research in 2007. In 2015 The University of Huddersfield awarded John the first higher doctorate in music (D.Mus.) for his research into 16th century viols and their repertory. He studied at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels at the University of York, and has developed a career that encompasses performance, research and teaching in equal measure. Before his appointment at Huddersfield, John was Senior Lecturer in Music at the College of Ripon & York St John, and a Visiting Fellow in Music at the University of York. He was also a visiting tutor in early music at the Universities of York, Leeds and Hull, founded the North East Early Music Forum and still coaches performance regularly at Dartington International Summer School, and for Little Benslow Music Trust in Hitchin. He has been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2008.

As a performer, John is a versatile 'early' musician working with many leading ensembles since the 1970s, including the Rose Consort of Viols, Musica Antiqua of London, I Fagiolini and the Consort of Musicke, with whom he has made many CD and radio recordings, and appeared at international festivals in USA, Canada and throughout Europe. He plays viols, Renaissance woodwind (recorders, crumhorns, shawms, dulcians) and harpsichord, and regularly directs and conducts early music performances. John has contributed to a range of programmes on BBC Radios 3 and 4 was for many years a member of the Early Music Network Committee.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Instruments, particularly viols, and their music in England 1500-1650
  • Relationships between vocal and instrumental music in the Renaissance
  • The viol and its repertory, 1500-1750
  • Historical performance practice in music

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  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Musical Analysis
  • Music History
  • Instruments
  • Viols
  • Vocal Music
  • Instrumental Music
  • Renaissance
  • c. 1500-1750


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