Rachel Cowgill

Senior Lecturer of Musicology

University of Huddersfield

Professor Rachel Cowgill is Head of Music & Drama in the School of Music, Humanities and Media. She graduated from Goldsmiths College, University of London, with a first-class BMus (Hons) degree, and completed an MMus (Historical Musicology) and PhD at King’s College London, where her research focused on the reception of Mozart’s music in late Georgian London. She began her career at the University of Huddersfield (1996–2000) and returned to the University in her new role as Head of Music & Drama in 2014. In the interim she taught at the University of Leeds (2000–09), and was appointed to professorships at Liverpool Hope University (2009–11) and Cardiff University (2011–14; Head of School, 2013–14).

Rachel works in the area of cultural musicology, exploring the place, practice and meaning of music in its cultural, historical and political contexts. She has published widely on British music and musical life from the late eighteenth century to the early twentieth century; opera studies; music, conflict and memorialisation; Mozart reception and canon formation; and gender, sexuality and identity in music. Rachel’s research has been funded by the British Academy and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK), and she is currently a member of the Leverhulme International Research Network Enchanted Modernities: Theosophy, Modernism and the Arts, c.1875–1960, led by Sarah V. Turner (Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and University of York), and principal investigator for In Concert: Towards a Collaborative Digital Archive of Musical Ephemera, which is part of the AHRC’s Digital Transformations project, Transforming Musicology, led by Lancaster University.