Dr David McGuinness
- Senior Lecturer in Music (Music)
My main research interests are in the historical music of Scotland, particularly 1650-1850, and on the interaction of history and tradition in performance practice more generally. I've been active as a performer, producer and recording artist since the 1990s, especially on historical and ‘obsolete’ keyboard instruments.
I tend to divide my time between old Scottish music and more contemporary work. I've made 13 albums, mostly of newly-rediscovered repertoire, as the director of early music ensemble Concerto Caledonia, and have been a music producer and composer for television and radio, most notably on several seasons of Channel 4’s teen drama series Skins. I was principal investigator on the AHRC-funded project Bass Culture in Scottish Musical Traditions (2012-15), and am co-investigator on the AHRC project The Edinburgh Allan Ramsay (2018-22), and music editor of the forthcoming edition of Ramsay’s works for Edinburgh University Press. Recent performance projects include What News, an album of traditional Scots ballads with singer Alasdair Roberts and sound artist Amble Skuse, and Nathaniel Gow’s Dance Band, in which Concerto Caledonia plays 18th-century Scottish dance music while the audience dances the original figures.
Personal website: www.davidmcguinness.com
McGuinness, D. (2018) The problem with 'traditional'. In: McKerrell, S. and West, G. (eds.) Understanding Scotland Musically: Folk, Tradition, Modernity. Series: Ashgate popular and folk music series. Routledge: London, pp. 122-138. ISBN 978131546757
2018-2022 AHRC, Research Grant (Co-I)
The Edinburgh Works of Allan Ramsay
£121,910 (of £812,735)
PI Prof. Murray Pittock, collaboration with Temple University, Philadelphia
2019 University of Sydney/University of Glasgow Partnership Collaboration Award
Performing a distant heritage: Scottish music in early Australian collections
£7599 (of £10,302)
collaboration with University of Sydney & Evergreen Ensemble, Melbourne
2019 AHRC, Follow-on Fund (Co-I)
Songs of Home & Distant Isles: Musical Soundscapes of Australia and Britain, 1787-1860
£14,519 (of £75,971)
PI Prof. Jeanice Brooks, collaboration with University of Southampton & Sydney Living Museums
2017 Creative Scotland, Open Project Fund
with Concerto Caledonia
2012-2015 AHRC, Research Grant (PI)
Bass Culture in Scottish Musical Traditions
collaboration with University of Cambridge & Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
2013 Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts
Purcell’s Revenge with Concerto Caledonia
2010 PRS for Music Foundation, New Works Award
Revenge of the Folksingers with Concerto Caledonia
- Adams, Christopher
Content and creation: The globally local role of the unsigned act.
- Broome, Cherie
Notated Ornamentation and Rhetorical Figures and Devices
- Bull, Andrew
The Music of the Scottish Church in the 13th and 14th Centuries
- Mann, Bill
Arrival of Italian opera in London early 18C
- Rozsa, Laszlo
The Art of Musical Conversation: Behavioural Attitudes in the Performance Practice of Italian Music from c. 1580-1640.
- Stutter, Joshua
A modern study of Thirteenth–century Organa and Motet
- STYLIANIDES, TIMOTHEOS
The guitar performance practice during the second and third decades of twentieth century in Spain, focusing at the musical output of Generacion del '27
- Wilkinson, Tom
Is J. S. Bach a compositional theorist?
- MMus seminars: 'Traditional music practices in 17th- and 18th-century sources'
- Music of Scotland Through the Long Eighteenth Century
- Performance Courses Coordinator