Director of Undergraduate Studies (Music)
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Duncan Fielden began his musical life as a boy treble with solo roles at Covent Garden, and in many other concerts at London venues, including the Royal Albert Hall, Festival Hall and the Barbican. He later graduated from the University of Birmingham in 1992 with a first-class degree in Music, also winning the Arnold Goldsbrough Memorial prize for early music performance. He then completed a research-based Masters in Baroque Music centred around a critical edition of Marc’Antonio Cesti’s Le Disgrazie d’Amore , which was given its first modern premiere at the Batignano Opera Festival. This was followed an edition of Alessandro Stradella’s San Giovanni Battista , which had its stage premiere at the Birmingham Early Music Festival 1994, and most recently had an another outing at the Guildhall Opera in 2015. Having begun teaching on a foundation course at the Conservatoire in 2004, he later took up a full-time lectureship in 2010. Beyond general musicianship skills and historical knowledge, Duncan’s main area of specialism is British music of the later 20th century, with particular emphasis on Sir Michael Tippett and Benjamin Britten.