Richard Wistreich - Director of Research

Richard Wistreich joined the RCM in September 2014 from the Royal Northern College of Music. At the College, he takes overall responsibility for Research and Programmes.

Richard is a scholar, teacher and singer, with wide-ranging research interests: in particular, vocal performance in Europe between 1500 and 1800. He has published widely on many aspects of the cultural history of singing, and travels widely to talk about his work to both music specialists and at interdisciplinary conferences. He is currently the co-editor of the Cambridge History of Sixteenth Century Music.

Richard is also an internationally renowned performer of both early and contemporary music. He has made concert, radio and television appearances worldwide, and recorded more than 100 CDs. In 1989 he co-founded the ensemble Red Byrd, dedicated to performing both old and new music, often side-by-side in the same concerts.

Selected publications:

The Cambridge History of Sixteenth Century Music, ed. by Richard Wistreich and Iain Fenlon (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming, 2016).

The Baroque Composers: Monteverdi (Ashford: Ashgate, 2011).

Warrior, Courtier, Singer: Giulio Cesare Brancaccio and Performance of Identity in the Late Renaissance (Ashford: Ashgate, 2007).

The Cambridge Companion to Monteverdi, ed. by Richard Wistreich and John Whenham, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007).

with Jennifer Richards, ‘Voice, Breath and the Physiology of Reading’, in The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities, ed. by Anne Whitehead and Angela Woods, (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming, 2015).

'High, Middle and Low: Singing Monteverdi', in Passaggio in Italia: Music on the Grand Tour in the Seventeenth Century, ed. by Margaret Murata and Dinko Fabris, (Turnhout: Brepols, 2015).

‘Ars militaria’, in Die Musik in der Kultur der Renaissance. Kontexte, Disziplinen, Diskurse, ed. by Elisabeth Schmierer, (Laaber, Germany: Laaber-Verlag, 2014).

‘Using The Music: Musical Materials and Expert Singers’ Practices in Monteverdi’s Time’, Basler Jahrbuch für Historische Musikpraxis (2013).

‘Musical Materials and Cultural Practices’, Renaissance Studies, 26 (Special Issue ed. by Richard Wistreich, 2012).

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