Magnus Williamson

Magnus Williamson read music at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he served as Organ Scholar. He is now Senior Lecturer in music at Newcastle University, where he studies music from the late Middle Ages and Renaissance. His particular interest is in Tudor church music, its social context and the physical spaces in which it was practised; also the printed and manuscript sources of music, their notation, copying, contents and origins. His facsimile edition of the Eton Choirbook (2010) was awarded the American Musicological Society’s Palisca Prize. As a performing musician, he is interested in traditions of improvisation and in the reconstruction of incomplete polyphony. His edition of Latin polyphony by John Sheppard (2012) included numerous reconstructions, as does the AHRC-funded
project Tudor Partbooks (2014–17), of which he is principal investigator. He is currently general editor of the British Academy series, Early English Church Music.