Dr Rachel Moore

Stipendiary Lecturer, St Peter’s College

BMus (Hons), MMus, PhD (Lond)


Music and the First World War; music and propaganda; music and propaganda; early twentieth-century French music; cultural history

Rachel is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in Music, and holds a Non-Stipendiary Junior Research Fellowship at New College. She pursued doctoral studies at Royal Holloway, University of London with a thesis on music and propaganda in Paris during the First World War, supervised by Professor Katharine Ellis. 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.


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. She also teaches on the Faculty of Music’s MSt course.

Research Interests:

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 is currently preparing a monograph on the subject, entitled Performing Propaganda: Musical Life and Culture in Paris, 19141918. For the 2014 centenary of WWI, 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 Radio 2’s ‘Great War Ballads and La Belle Époque’, 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 examines 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.


Recent publications

Performing Propaganda: Musical Life and Culture in Paris, 1914–1918 (Boydell & Brewer,


‘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 (forthcoming).

‘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.


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Dr Rachel Moore
New College