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Miss Catherine Garry BA (1st class hons., 2015), MMus (Distinction, 2016)

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I am a Postgraduate research student in Music at the University of Southampton.

I completed my BA (Music) in 2015 and MMus in 2016. I am now a full-time doctoral researcher in the music department, sponsored by the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership. My thesis, titled “Consuming Italian Opera: Domestic Music-Making in the Elite Georgian Household”, explores a range of historic music collections in country houses with the aim to understand the role of music in relation to gendered notions of elite identity, consumerism and intellectualism in eighteenth-century Britain.

From 2018-19 I worked as assistant-curator at Boughton House in Northamptonshire, preparing for their 2019 exhibition “A Passion for Opera: The Duchess and the Georgian Stage.” In addition, I have worked as a collection digitisation assistant for Jane Austen’s House Museum, helping to digitise the Austen family music books.

Research interests

My research interests include domestic-music making, consumption, elite identity, femininity, and cultural transfer in eighteenth-century Britain. My doctoral research contributes to the inititaive of the ‘Sound Heritage’ research network to explore and unearth music collections in historic houses. I use the genre of Italian opera to explore how music was consumed and performed in domestic spheres in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries,  investigating processes of cultural transfer to discover how Italian opera was travelling into the home and the various ways it was received there. In particular, I consider the role of opera within developing notions of elite identity, consumerism, intellectualism, cosmopolitanism, and femininity.

Publications and papers

Exhibition Catalogue: A Passion for Opera: The Duchess and the Georgian Stage. Buccleuch Living Heritage Trust, 2019. (Co-author)

Book Chapter: “Italian Opera to ‘English Song’: Translated Vocal Repertoire in Georgian Britain.” In Music, Song, and Translation, ed. Helen Julia Minors. Bloomsbury, 2020.

Guest Lecture: "Consuming Italian Opera: Domestic Music-Making in the Elite Georgian Household.” Southampton Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies Research Forum Series, October 2019.

Conference Paper: “Italian Opera and Elite Identity in Georgian Britain: Exploring the Musical Patronage of Elizabeth, 3rd Duchess of Buccleuch (1743-1827).” International Society for Eighteenth Century Studies Congress on the Enlightenment, July 2019.

Conference Paper: “Music and the Country House: The Role of Italian Singing Masters in Georgian Britain.” Untold Stories of the Country House Conference, March 2018.

PhD supervision

Professor Jeanice Brooks (University of Southampton), Dr Cristina Marinatti (Cardiff University), Professor Francesco Izzo

Research group

MOGS (Music on the Global Stage)

Affiliate research groups

SCECS (Southampton Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies), TRAM (“Translation, representation, adaptation, and movement”: SWW DTP research cluster)

I worked as a teaching assistant for the ‘Antique Music Roadshow 1’ module (MUSI1020) in 2017-18.

Miss Catherine Garry
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