Music and the First World War; music and propaganda; music and propaganda; early twentieth-century French music; cultural history
Rachel is Director of Studies and Lecturer in music at St Peter’s College. She is also a Research Fellow at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, working on the AHRC-funded project ‘Accenting the Classics: Durand’s Édition classique (c.1915–25) as a French Prism on the Musical Past’. Rachel pursued doctoral studies at Royal Holloway, University of London. She came to Oxford in 2011 as a Stipendiary Lecturer in Music at New College, Oxford, before taking up the post of Junior Research Fellow and Lecturer in Music at Worcester College, and subsequently Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Faculty of Music at Oxford.
Rachel has broad research interests in French music and culture of the early twentieth century, with a particular focus on music during the First World War. She has written articles on musical life during WWI, and her monograph entitled Performing Propaganda: Musical Life and Culture in Paris, 1914–1918 was published in 2018. Rachel has spoken widely on music during the conflict, notably for the National Trust and at a pre-concert talk at Conway Hall, London. She has participated in radio broadcasts including Radio 4’s ‘1914–1918: The Cultural Front’, and in 2014 she worked in collaboration with the British Library to co-organise an international three-day conference, ‘The Music of War: 1914–1918’ (www.themusicofwar.org). Her Leverhulme-funded research examined the role of music in shaping concepts of ‘Allied’ identity during the First World War, focussing on a range of instances of musical exchange between Paris and London, from the cross-channel enterprises of touring theatrical troupes, to mass ‘Allied’ concerts, or street music performed by French and British soldier-musicians on leave.
Rachel is a member of Oxford University’s ‘Globalising and Localising the Great War’ research group (http://greatwar.modhist.ox.ac.uk/). She is also a network associate of the ‘Francophone Music Criticism, 1789–1914’ network (http://music.sas.ac.uk/fmc) and a researcher on the ‘London Stage 1800–1900’ project.
Rachel teaches tutorials on a range of music history modules, specialising in the social and cultural history of music in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Performing Propaganda: Musical Life and Culture in Paris during the First World War (Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2018)
‘The Legacy of War: Conceptualising Wartime Musical Life in the Post-War Musical Press, 1919–1920’, in Barbara Kelly and Christopher Moore (Eds.) Music Criticism, the Press and New Media in France (1918-1939): Advocacy, Authority and Legacy (Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2018), pp. 245–65
‘Cecil Coles’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford: OUP, 2015)
‘“A Ne Pas Ouvrir Pendant la Guerre”: The Union Sacrée and the Mobilisation of Music Publishing, 1914–1918’, in Stéphan Etcharry & Florence Doé (Eds.) La Grande Guerre en musique: Vie et création musicales en France pendant la Première Guerre mondiale (Bruxelles: Peter Lang, 2014), pp. 253–269