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Faculty of Music



Danielle has been working towards a PhD at Jesus College, Cambridge, under the supervision of Dr Benjamin Walton.  Between 2005 and 2009 she completed her BA and MPhil degrees, also at Jesus College.  

Danielle's research explores the interaction between Jewish music and its wider contexts, with a focus on nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century Britain. Her work on the Anglo-Jewish liturgical music sung in and published for Victorian synagogues has been heard on BBC Radio 3 (‘Symphony of Psalms’, Easter Sunday Feature 2018), and was the subject of a video documentary for the Woolf Institute’s ‘Living in Harmony’ project in April 2018. She has given numerous presentations, lecture-recitals and conference papers, including the inaugural lecture of the Jewish Historical Society of England’s Cambridge branch. 

Danielle is the Musical Director of Kol Echad, Cambridge’s Hebrew choir which performs a variety of liturgical, folk and concert repertoire in Hebrew, Yiddish and Ladino. Kol Echad regularly participates in events to promote Jewish-Christian relations through the sharing of musical heritage, including performances at Peterborough Cathedral, Michaelhouse Chapel, Corpus Christi and Churchill Colleges, and at Beth Shalom Reform Synagogue. Danielle has also sung in and conducted the choir at Edgware and District (now Edgware and Hendon) Reform Synagogue since 2000, where she first found the inspiration for her academic work.

Danielle has worked as a singing teacher and vocal coach, training pupils for examinations, auditions and theatre courses. She lives in a Cambridgeshire village with her husband, Jonathan, and toddler, Robin.


Anglo-Jewish musical society
Jewish liturgical music
Nineteenth-century Jewish-Christian relations
Nineteenth-century music history
Jewish identity in music


Key publications: 

Danielle Padley, ‘Leading the Way: Victorian Premonitions for the Female Voice in Anglo-Jewish Worship’, in The Routledge Companion to Women and Musical Leadership: The Nineteenth Century and Beyond, ed. Laura Hamer and Helen Minors (Routledge, 2022)

Danielle Padley, ‘Book Review: Judah M. Cohen, Jewish Religious Music in Nineteenth-century America’ (Indiana University Press, 2019), Notes: the Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association (2020)

Danielle Padley and Susan Wollenberg, ‘Charles Garland Verrinder: London’s First Synagogue Organist’, Ad Parnassum Studies 12 (2020)

Danielle Padley, ‘Tracing Jewish music beyond the synagogue: Charles Garland Verrinder’s “Hear my cry O God”’, Nineteenth-Century Music Review (2019)


Teaching and Supervisions


Currently Teaching:

  • Undergraduate Tripos, Faculty of Music: Music History II: Studies in Music from 1770 to 1914, Faculty of Music, Cambridge

Able to teach:

  • Undergraduate Tripos, Faculty of Music: Women and Music
  • Undergraduate Tripos, Faculty of Divinity: Modern Judaism: Thought, Culture and History

Previous Teaching:

  • Undergraduate Tripos, Faculty of Music: Music History II: Studies in Music from 1770 to 1914
  • Undergraduate Tripos, Faculty of Music: Jewish Liturgical Music 1800-Present