Dr Ian Maxwell holds a BMus (Hons) degree from the University of Aberdeen, and a PhD from the University of Durham. His research interests centre primarily on the composers and music of the so-called English Musical Renaissance (1850-1950). However, during his time as a visiting scholar at Cambridge, he will be conducting research in a number of additional areas. He will be examining the extensive archives of the university and college Musical Clubs in preparation for a forthcoming book on music making in the British universities during the nineteenth century. He will also be undertaking further development of a set of computer-assisted musical analysis programs that originally formed a part of his PhD research.
Dr Maxwell has published widely on the Anglo-Irish composer E. J. Moeran, and has given papers at several conferences in the UK and Ireland during the past few years. Between 2011 and 2014, Dr Maxwell was editor of the British Music Society, with responsibility for the production of the newsletter BMS News and the journal British Music.
During 2016, Dr Maxwell will be presenting papers at conferences in Oxford, Dublin and the United States of America on Moeran, Arthur Willner, the violinist Joseph Joachim, and the University Music Clubs. He is also working on a full biography of Moeran.