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Lisa Colton is Reader in Musicology and Director of Graduate Education (School of Music, Humanities & Media). Lisa’s studies in medieval musicology, medieval studies, and early music performance led to her doctoral thesis, 'Music and sanctity in England, c.1260-c.1400' (University of York, 2004), exploring themes of nationalism, sanctity and virginity in late medieval English music. Lisa is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and an active member of the Plainsong and Medieval Music Society and the Royal Musical Association. Her monograph, Angel Song: Medieval English Music in History, was published by Routledge (2017). She is currently working on three main projects: a book on medieval insular liturgies (with Ann Buckley, for Cambridge University Press); a book on medieval female-voice song (with Anna Grau-Schmidt, for Brill); and a project supported by the Neil Ker Memorial Fund (British Academy), entitled Henry Wells and his Books.

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Research Output

Past Tense: Creative Medievalism in the Music of Margaret Lucy Wilkins

Colton, L., 30 Apr 2020, The Oxford Handbook of Music and Medievalism. Meyer, S. C. & Yri, K. (eds.). 1 ed. New York: Oxford University Press, p. 301-326 26 p. (Oxford Handbooks).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Channelling the Ecstasy of Hildegard von Bingen: “O Euchari” Remixed

    Colton, L., 30 Jul 2019, Music Beyond Airports: appraising ambient music. Adkins, M. & Cummings, S. (eds.). Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield Press, p. 147-175 29 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Open Access

    High or Low? Medieval English Carols as Part of Vernacular Culture, 1380-1450

    Colton, L. & McInnes, L., 10 Aug 2019, Vernacular Aesthetics in the Later Middle Ages: Politics, Performativity, and Reception from Literature to Music. Jager, K. W. (ed.). 1 ed. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, p. 119-149 31 p. (The New Middle Ages).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Music in the Margins: Queerness in the Clerical Imagination, 1200–1500

    Colton, L., 1 Mar 2019, The Oxford Handbook of Music and Queerness. Everett Maus, F. & Whiteley, S. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press

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  • Activities

    • 15 PhD Examination
    • 1 Organising a conference, workshop, ...
    • 1 Participating in a conference, workshop, ...
    • 1 Publication Peer-review

    PhD Examination: Newcastle University

    Lisa Colton (Examiner)
    11 Dec 2019

    Activity: Examination typesPhD Examination

    Crosstown Traffic

    Rupert Till (Organiser), Toby Martin (Organiser), Jan-Peter Herbst (Organiser), Austin Moore (Organiser), Mark Mynett (Organiser), Lisa Colton (Organiser), Catherine Haworth (Organiser)
    3 Sep 20185 Sep 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    Journal of the Royal Musical Association (Journal)

    Lisa Colton (Member of editorial board)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication Peer-review

    External Examiner (PhD)

    Lisa Colton (Examiner)
    19 Dec 2017

    Activity: Examination typesPhD Examination

    External Examiner (PhD)

    Lisa Colton (Examiner)

    Activity: Examination typesPhD Examination