All members of staff and all students are encouraged to participate in HuCPeR activities, which link with a diverse range of performance and performance research projects. The members of academic staff and Research Fellows below act as leaders of the centre and its activities – all are experts in their respective fields with well-established international profiles as performers and scholars.

Dr David Milsom (Director)

  • Nineteenth-century performing practice
  • Twentieth-century changing style
  • Historic recordings
  • Performer-edited scores

Professor John Bryan

  • Renaissance & Early Baroque performing practice
  • Vocal practice in instrumental performance
  • The Making of the Viol
  • Rose Consort of Viols

Visiting Professor Graham Cummings

  • The English Baroque
  • Handel, his contemporaries and rivals
  • Relationship between scholarship and performance

Visiting Research Fellow Dr George Kennaway

  • Theory and practice of historically informed performance
  • Opera
  • German and French song
  • Aspects of fin-de-siècle culture
  • The music of the Baltic states

Visiting Research Fellow John Scott Whiteley

  • Aufführungspraxis of the late Baroque, especially with regard to J. S. Bach
  • The organ music of J. S. Bach
  • Late Romantic Belgian hybrids and cross-currents
  • 20th and 21st century organ performance and recording
  • Composition of keyboard and choral music



Professor Philip Thomas

  • Performing issues in experimental and indeterminate music
  • Continuum between composition and improvisation
  • John Cage and the post-Cageian aesthetic in new music

Dr Emily Worthington

  • Performer specialising in historical clarinets from the from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries century
  • Orchestral and chamber musician, co-director of Boxwood & Brass
  • Analysis of historical recordings, archival and practice-based research methodologies
  • Music and musical life in Britain c. 1770-1940
  • Performance styles among wind players during the long nineteenth century

Dr Inja Stanovic (Leverhulme Post-Doctoral Research Fellow)

  • Nineteenth-century performing practice
  • Nineteenth-century piano performance
  • Historic recordings

Postgraduate Researchers


Leah Stuttard

PhD supervised by Dr Lisa Colton and Dr Sue Miller

  • Performer on medieval harp, studying approaches to improvisation in early music performance
  • PhD studies funded by a NECAH scholarship
  • Previously held a Leverhulme Trust Study Abroad Studentship to study at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland, for three years
  • Regular performer at international music festivals and major venues in York, Rome, London, Madrid, Paris, Berlin, New York and Boston
  • Has performed with ensembles including Hesperion XXI (dir. Jordi Savall) and Ensemble Unicorn
  • Watch Leah perform medieval dance music on bray harp or buy her solo album The Wool Merchant and the Harp on iTunes



Linda Jankowska

PhD supervised by Professor Philip Thomas



Diego Castro Magas

PhD supervised by Professor Philip Thomas

  • Contemporary music performance practice
  • Performing issues in complex notation
  • Body and gesture 
  • Critical theory
  • Website:



Simon Fell

PhD supervised by Professor Philip Thomas

  • Composer and double bassist active in free improvisation and contemporary/experimental jazz composition
  • Regular groupings include SFQ; IST; Mick Beck’s Something Else; Hession/Wilkinson/Fell
  • Set up the independent record label Bruce’s Fingers in 1983; has since been involved in the publication of well over a hundred albums/musical works as either engineer, producer or performer.
  • Websites: and



Kristine Healy

PhD supervised by Dr David Milsom

  • Flute/piccolo player with experience in the performance of solo, chamber, and orchestral music
  • Particular interest in playing for theatre, for opera, and in chamber ensembles combining instruments and voices
  • Research currently in progress focuses on vocality in the practice of instrumental music performance
  • Involved in various projects as a performer and as a music educator



Mira Benjamin

PhD supervised by Professor Philip Thomas

  • Canadian violinist, researcher and new music instigator
  • Researching contemporary string performance practice of microtonality and extended just intonation
  • Co-director of nu:nord – an international artistic community-building project, engaging musicians from Canada, Norway & the UK.
  • Websites: and




Jeremy Perkins

PhD Supervised by Dr David Milsom

  • Violist
  • Previous studies at Royal Academy of Music, Brussels Conservatoire and University of Huddersfield




Clare Wheat

PhD supervised by Professor Rachel Cowgill

  • Freelance soprano specialising in operetta and oratorio
  • Research focussing on vocal performance practice issues in british light opera, operetta and musical comedy 1870-1945
  • Experience in stage direction and choreography
  • Musical Director of The Shower Singers community choir