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Christian Goursaud

Dr Christian Goursaud is a Research Fellow at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, where he works on fifteenth-century music as part of the AHRC-funded project ‘Interpreting the Mensural Notation of Music: An Expert System Based on the Theory of Johannes Tinctoris’ (2017–2021).

Current activity includes the preparation of a study and digital critical edition of Antoine Busnoys’s Missa L’homme armé and lead-editorship of the forthcoming book Johannes Tinctoris and Music Theory in the Late Fifteenth Century (Turnhout: Brepols); co-editor: Ronald Woodley.

Prior to joining the staff of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Christian carried out his doctoral research here. He made a study of the presentation manuscript sources of Johannes Tinctoris’s music theory, having won a prestigious AHRC-funded studentship attached to the research project ‘The Complete Theoretical Works of Johannes Tinctoris: A New Digital Edition’. During his MMus at King’s College London, he wrote a study of the early sixteenth-century Mechelen Choirbook and received specialist training in palaeography, codicology, and diplomatic within the Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies at University College London.

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 regularly in the palace’s beautiful and historic chapel.

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