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Doctoral student in performance, practices and sources
Isobel studied recorder at the RCM’s Historical Performance Faculty department. During her performance studies, she found herself drawn to research integral to period instrument performance. The RCM’s unique research environment and flourishing Historical Performance department made it an ideal place to study as a doctoral researcher; as a result, it was Isobel’s natural first choice when she decided to apply for doctoral programmes.
"My work investigates the recorder’s use in 17th-century southern and central Europe, combining the study of social history with research into historical performance practice. This is a topic which requires great diversity of approach and the RCM’s weekly research training seminar has been invaluable as I’ve honed my research skills. As well as receiving guidance in research methodologies, writing techniques and the dissemination of our work, doctoral students are also given a platform to present their work to each other. It is always fascinating to hear about the work of others on the programme and I often find myself inspired to go away and explore new possibilities in my own research.
I feel lucky to be able to study in an institution which combines a rigorous academic programme with a world-class performance environment. Although the crux of my research is historical, my theoretical work is informed by my practice as a recorder player. There are few institutions where doctoral students have the opportunity to receive academic supervision and practical instruction side-by-side at such a level.”