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Dr Ceri Owen Research Fellow, Sidney Sussex College

Dr Ceri Owen, Research Fellow, Sidney Sussex College

Research Fellow, Sidney Sussex College


I’m a historian of music and musical culture, and a pianist specializing in song accompaniment.

I’m broadly interested in how music and musical performance intersect with identity formations. I’m currently working on a new biography of Ralph Vaughan Williams (on whose music and writings I wrote my doctoral thesis). I’m also editing a book of essays on his work for Cambridge University Press.

My work as a performer grows out of and feeds back into my research; as a song pianist I’ve performed widely in the UK and further afield.

I was born in North Wales and am a native Welsh speaker. I read Music at Magdalen College, Oxford, where I also read for my DPhil (funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council). During that time I was appointed a Stipendiary Lecturer of the College. I further hold an MPhil from Clare College, Cambridge, and a Master’s from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, where between 2014 and 2015 I was a Fellow in Song Accompaniment. I currently teach here at Cambridge.

Key Publications

Vaughan Williams in Context, ed. Ceri Owen and Julian Onderdonk (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming) 

‘Music Appreciation, Listening, and the Democratization of  Culture’, in Vaughan Williams in Context, ed. Ceri Owen and Julian Onderdonk (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming)

Subjectivity in European Song: Time, Place, and Identity, ed. Benedict Taylor and Ceri Owen, 19th-Century Music, 40.3 (Spring 2017)

‘On Singing and Listening in Vaughan Williams’s Early Songs’, 19th-Century Music, 40.3 (Spring 2017), 257–82 

‘Introduction [with Benedict Taylor]: Subjectivity in European Song: Time, Place, and Identity’, 19th-Century Music, 40.3 (Spring 2017), 185–8

‘Making an English Voice: Performing National Identity During the English Musical Renaissance’, Twentieth-Century Music, 13.1 (Spring 2016), 77–107  

[Review] The Sea in the British Musical Imagination, ed. Eric Saylor and Christopher M. Scheer (Woodbridge: Boydell, 2015) Music & Letters, 98.1 (Spring, 2017), 150–2

Other Publications

Radio: Numerous performances, reviews, and talks for BBC Radio 3, In Tune, The Proms, and Music Matters programmes.