Isobel Clarke is a recorder player and music historian, currently completing a PhD in historical performance practice at the Royal College of Music having been recipient of an AHRC Doctoral award anda Douglas & Hilda Simmons award. She previously studied recorder performance at the RCM, generously supported by a scholarship from the Worshipful Company of Musicians, and her doctoral research investigates the instrument's practical use and social and musical status in the seventeenth century.
Outside of her doctoral project, Isobel’s research focuses on the sociality of listening to music and domestic music-making in Restoration London. She has also been involved with the RCM's AHRC-funded research project, Singing a Song in a Foreign Land, playing an active role in contacting musicians who had been involved with Early Music pioneer Walter Bergmann and subsequently interviewing former RCM professor Ross Winters for the project. Isobel is active as a performer of both early and contemporary repertoires, although her particular performance focus is chamber music of the 16th and 17th centuries.
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