Christian Goursaud

Following Christian’s undergraduate studies, he remained at King’s College London to complete his MMus, writing a study of the Mechelen Choirbook under the supervision of the late David Trendell. He also received specialist training in palaeography, codicology, and diplomatic within the Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies at University College London, under Professor David D'Avray and Dr Marigold Norbye. 

 He won a prestigious AHRC-funded doctoral studentship attached to the research project ‘The Complete Theoretical Works of Johannes Tinctoris: A New Digital Edition’ at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, supervised by Professor Ronald Woodley and Dr Jeffrey J. Dean. In October 2014, Christian co-organised the conference ‘Johannes Tinctoris and Music Theory in the Late Middle Ages and Early Renaissance’, as a collaboration between Birmingham Conservatoire and the Institute of Musical Research, which took place in the Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House, University of London.

In 2015, Christian was appointed Research Fellow at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, where he has been working as co-editor with Ronald Woodley of the forthcoming volume Johannes Tinctoris and Music Theory in the Late Fifteenth Century (Turnhout: Brepols, forthcoming) and preparing a web edition of his PhD thesis. He currently works as a Researcher on the AHRC-funded research project: ‘Interpreting the Mensural Notation of Music: an Expert System Based on the Theory of Johannes Tinctoris’ at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (2017–2021), alongside Dr Jeffrey J. Dean (Principal Investigator), Professor Ronald Woodley (Co-Investigator), and Dr David Lewis (Researcher).

He is active as a professional singer, working with ensembles including London Voices (film sessions), La Serenissima (‘the UK’s most dynamic voice of Italian baroque music’), and the vocal ensemble Il Suono, of which he is Artistic Director. He is a Gentleman of HM Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace, singing Sunday services in the palace’s beautiful and historic chapel.   

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