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Faculty of Music


The Faculty of Music is delighted to welcome two new lecturers from October 2017.


Dr Betting Varwig is a specialist in music and culture of the early modern period.  Her first book, Histories of Heinrich Schütz, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2011. In 2017–18 she will teach the Part II course, Bach’s St Matthew Passion.

Originally from Germany, Bettina was an undergraduate at King’s College London and gained her doctorate from Harvard University in 2006. She subsequently held a Fellowship by Examination at Magdalen College, Oxford (2005–8) and a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Cambridge (2008–9). She was a Senior Lecturer at King’s College London from 2009–2017.


Dr Peter McMurray is an ethnomusicologist whose research work focuses on the intersections of sound and culture in a range of different contexts.  He is currently working on a book project entitled, Pathways to God: The Islamic Acoustics of Turkish Berlin.

Peter received a BA in Classics and Slavic Literature from Harvard, an MFA in Music Composition from Brandeis University, and a PhD in Ethnomusicology, with a secondary field in Critical Media Practice at Harvard University. Having completed a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (in Music & Theatre Arts), he became a Junior Fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows and a Fellow at the Film Study Centre.