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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

Book Review: A Critical Companion to Medieval Motets. Ed. by Jared C. Hartt

Colton, L., 1 Feb 2020, In : Music and Letters. 101, 1, p. 138-140 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Dance Article review

  • Containing Chaos? Aspects of Medieval Liturgy in James MacMillan's Visitatio Sepulchri

    Colton, L., 6 Aug 2020, James MacMillan Studies. Parsons, G. & Sholl, R. (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 200-216 17 p. (Cambridge Composer Studies).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • 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

  • Performance Piety: The Value of Post-Mortem Music and Liturgical Display in Fifteenth-Century London

    Colton, L., 11 Aug 2020, Performance, Ceremony and Display in Late Medieval England: Proceedings of the 2018 Harlaxton Symposium . Boffey, J. (ed.). Donington: Shaun Tyas, p. 212-235 24 p. (Harlaxton Medieval Studies; vol. XXX).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Activities

    Early English Church Music (External organisation)

    Lisa Colton (Member)

    Sep 2020

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

    Plainsong and Medieval Music Society (External organisation)

    Lisa Colton (Member)

    18 Jan 2020 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

    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