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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 Vaughan Williams 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. In July 2019 I make my recital debut at London's Wigmore Hall with baritone Dominic Sedgwick.

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

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.