Mr Jeremy Summerly

  • College positions:
    External Director of Studies in Music
  • Subjects: Music


MA Music (Oxford), MMus Historical Musicology (King’s College, London)

Research interests

My research interests focus on Tudor Music, the musical sketches of Edward Elgar, and hymnody in the early-20th century.

Teaching Interests

My teaching focuses on broad surveys of Western Music History and the Performance Practice of Baroque, Renaissance, and medieval music, particularly where this intersects with my work as a conductor. I supervise modules in 16th-century counterpoint, Baroque fugue, Baroque canon, and 20th-century arrangements of folk song.

Awards and prizes

European Cultural Prize, Frankfurt 1995

Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music, 2006

Fellow of the Royal School of Church Music, 2017


‘Transcription and Editing’ Classic CD, 54 (October, 1994)

‘The English Cadence’ Leading Notes, 11 (Spring, 1996)

‘Die Kunst der Fuge’ Choir & Organ (January/February, 2001)

Gaudete – Medieval Songs and Carols (Faber Music, 1999)

Passetime with Good Company – Medieval Songs and Carols (Faber Music, 2000)

Fair Oriana – Madrigals in Celebration of Elizabeth I (Faber Music, 2002)

Thomas Tallis – English Sacred Music (Faber Music, 2004)

‘William Byrd’ BBC Music Magazine (January, 2005)

‘Orlando Gibbons: the Best Hand in England’ BBC Music Magazine (May, 2008)

‘Tallis Miserere’ BBC Music Magazine (October, 2008)

‘History of Christmas Music’ Choir & Organ (November/December, 2013)

‘Vocal Performance before c.1430’ Cambridge History of Musical Performance (CUP, 2013)

‘Choir’ Cambridge Encyclopedia of Historical Performance in Music (CUP, 2018)

‘Guido d’Arezzo’ Cambridge Encyclopedia of Historical Performance in Music (CUP, 2018)

Other interests

I own a 58ft narrowboat, which I cruise around the canals of London and the south Midlands at all times of year and in all weather.