Director of Research, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Jamie Savan is Professor of Performance-led Research in Music and Director of Research at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, and co-director of BCU's Performance Research Hub. He joined BCU in 2016, having previously worked as a Senior Lecturer and Head of Performance at Newcastle University.
Best known as a performer of the Renaissance cornett, as director of The Gonzaga Band and a member of His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts, he also works as a solo recitalist, and has worked as an orchestral principal with the English Baroque Soloists (Sir John Eliot Gardiner) and the Amserdam Baroque Orchestra (Ton Koopman). He has performed in most European countries, as well as the USA, Mexico, Israel, Russia and Japan, and his playing may be heard on over 40 commercial CD recordings (significant research-led recordings are listed below; a full discography may be found on his website).
He is also interested in organology, with some of his recent work focusing on the application of emerging 3D-printing technologies for organological research (see the CyberZink website for more details).
Jamie's research has been published in journals such as Early Music and the Historic Brass Society Journal, and he is a contributor to the revised Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments (2015) and the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Historical Performance Practice (2018).
Between 1997 and 2010, Jamie worked variously as a visiting lecturer / tutor at the University of Hull, University of Birmingham, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He has given invited lectures and guest masterclasses at many institutions in the UK, Europe and the Juilliard School, New York City.