Professor Elizabeth Eva Leach

Professor of Music; Fellow and Tutor in Music, St Hugh's College; Lecturer at Exeter College

MA (Oxon), MMus (London), DPhil (Oxon), ACE (Bristol)


Musicologist and music theorist. Research interests in songs, counterpoint, and singing with a particular focus on medieval secular lyrics in French. Other interests include music and philosophy, ideas of musical meaning, music analysis (especially of pre-tonal repertoires), music and gender, and music in literature.


Professor Leach is both a music theorist and musicologist, with wide-ranging interests in everything from the minutiae of musical structures and manuscripts to the broadest cultural, historical, and philosophical contexts for music. Her principal focus has been on music and poetry of the fourteenth century, although she has also written about songs from both earlier and later periods.

In the Faculty, Professor Leach lectures on the core historical courses for both the undergraduate and the taught postgraduate degrees, as well as offering an options course on the music of Guillaume de Machaut.

Current Position: Professor of Music; Fellow and Tutor in Music, St Hugh’s College; Lecturer at Exeter College

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Professor Elizabeth Eva Leach,
Faculty of Music,
St Aldate’s

Tel (01865) 276149