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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 2003 2019

Ars Nova
Late Medieval Period

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

Todd Haynes
Medieval Period
Latin Language

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

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Medieval Period
Legal Texts

Activities 2011 2019

  • 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