Portrait of Professor John Bryan Professor John Bryan

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Biography

John Bryan was appointed to the University of Huddersfield as Principal Lecturer and Performance Leader in 1994, was Head of Music and Drama from 2005 to 2014 and was awarded a Professorship for his practice-led research in 2007. In 2015 The University of Huddersfield awarded John the first higher doctorate in music (D.Mus.) for his research into 16th century viols and their repertory. He studied at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels at the University of York, and has developed a career that encompasses performance, research and teaching in equal measure. Before his appointment at Huddersfield, John was Senior Lecturer in Music at the College of Ripon & York St John, and a Visiting Fellow in Music at the University of York. He was also a visiting tutor in early music at the Universities of York, Leeds and Hull, founded the North East Early Music Forum and still coaches performance regularly at Dartington International Summer School, and for Little Benslow Music Trust in Hitchin. He has been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2008.

As a performer, John is a versatile 'early' musician working with many leading ensembles since the 1970s, including the Rose Consort of Viols, Musica Antiqua of London, I Fagiolini and the Consort of Musicke, with whom he has made many CD and radio recordings, and appeared at international festivals in USA, Canada and throughout Europe. He plays viols, Renaissance woodwind (recorders, crumhorns, shawms, dulcians) and harpsichord, and regularly directs and conducts early music performances. John has contributed to a range of programmes on BBC Radios 3 and 4 was for many years a member of the Early Music Network Committee.

His musical interests are not confined to early music: as conductor of York Chamber Orchestra John has performed in every style from Handel and Bach to Stravinsky and Gorecki, and has also conducted performances of Mozart's ‘Die Zauberflöte’ and Britten's ‘Albert Herring’ for York Opera. With University of Huddersfield forces he has conducted Bach’s ‘St John Passion’, Blow’s ‘Venus and Adonis’, Purcell’s ‘Dido and Aeneas’ and ‘The Fairy Queen’, Orff’s ‘Carmina Burana’ and symphonic repertory from Haydn to Elgar.

Research and Scholarship

John Bryan was the Principal Investigator for a five-year AHRC-funded (£268,000) research project into 'The Making of the Viol in Sixteenth Century England' which ran from 2009 to 2014. Please go to www.hud.ac.uk/viol for detailed information about this project. The main output from this project will be a book, co-authored with Dr Michael Fleming: The Early English Viol: Instruments, Makers and Music to be published in 2016 by Ashgate. John’s research covers many aspects of the performance of renaissance and early baroque music, but he has a particular interest in the relationship between voices and instruments, and the way in which understanding singing can inform instrumental performance. His outputs include articles for journals including ‘Early Music’ and ‘The Journal of Musicology’, conference papers and some 40 CDs of performances using historically appropriate instruments.

Publications and Other Research Outputs

2016

Fleming, M. and Bryan, J. (2016) Early English Viols: Instruments, Makers and Music . : Routledge. ISBN 978-1472468543

Bryan, J (2016) Long Live Fair Oriana [Performance] In: Long Live Fair Oriana, 8 September 2016, Rathaus, St Veit, Austria: Trigonale Festival (Unpublished)

Bryan, J (2016) 'These Distracted Times' [Performance] In: These Distracted Times, 7 September 2016, St George am Langsee, Austria: Trigonale Festival (Unpublished)

Bryan, J (2016) Music from 16th Century Venice [Performance] In: Music from 16th Century Venice, 12 July 2016, Benslow Music, Hitchin, Herts. (Unpublished)

Bryan, J (2016) Music from Elizabethan Choirboy Dramas [Performance] In: Music from Elizabethan Choirboy Dramas, 9 July 2016, St Olave's Church, York: York Early Music Festival (Unpublished)

Bryan, J (2016) Apt for Viols as Voyces [Performance] In: Apt for Viols as Voyces, 11 June 2016, St John's Church, Chichester, Sussex (Unpublished)

Bryan, J (2016) Music from Tudor Partbooks [Performance] In: Rose Consort of Viols concert, 18 February 2016, Brunswick Street Methodist Church, Newcastle

2015

Bryan, J., Aziz, I., Crum, A., Kerr, A., Marks, R. and Wendland, P. (2015) Mynstrelles with Straunge Sounds: the earliest consort music for viols [Audio]

Bryan, J., Aziz, I., Crum, A., Kerr, A., Marks, R. and Wendland, P. (2015) An Emerald in a Work of Gold: songs and fantasias from the part-books of Robert Dow [Performance] In: An Emerald in a Work of Gold, 23 May 2015, Dominican Church, Regensburg, Germany

Bryan, J., Aziz, I., Crum, A., Kerr, A., Marks, R. and Wendland, P. (2015) Byrd Songs [Performance] In: Byrd Songs, 9 May 2015, Oude Abdij, Drongen, Belgium

Bryan, J., Aziz, I., Crum, A., Kerr, A., Marks, R. and Wendland, P. (2015) Flights of Fancy [Performance] In: Flights of Fancy, 6th February 2015, Barber Concert Hall, University of Birmingham

2014

Bryan, J., Aziz, I., Crum, A., Kerr, A., Marks, R. and Wendland, P. (2014) Serenissima: music from sixteenth century Italy, France, Germany and England performed on viols after Francesco Linarol [Audio]

Bryan, J., Aziz, I., Crum, A., Kerr, A., Marks, R. and Wendland, P. (2014) The Eclectic English [Performance] In: The Eclectic English, 15 July 2014, Little Benslow Hills, Hitchin

Bryan, J (2014) Mynstrelles with Straunge Sounds [Performance] In: York Early Music Festival, 11 July 2014, St Olave's Church, York

Bryan, J., Aziz, I., Crum, A., Kerr, A., Marks, R. and Wendland, P. (2014) Mynstrelles with Straunge Sounds: the first viols in England [Performance] In: Mynstrelles with Straunge Sounds, 11 July 2014, St Olave's Church, York

Bryan, J., Aziz, I., Crum, A., Kerr, A., Marks, R. and Wendland, P. (2014) Adoramus Te: motets, songs and consort music by William Byrd and Peter Phillips [Audio]

Bryan, J (2014) Serenissima: Music from Renaissance Europe on Venetian Viols [Audio]

Bryan, J (2014) Adoramus Te: Motets, songs and consort music by William Byrd and Peter Philips [Audio]

2013

Bryan, J (2013) ‘'Full of Art, and Profundity': The Five-Part Consort Pavan as a Medium for Sophiosticated Musical Expression and Compositional Cross-Reference in Late Renaissance England' in 'Networks of Music and Culture in the Late Sixteenth and Early Secenteenth Centuries’. In: Networks of Music and Culture in the Late Sixteenth and Early Secenteenth Centuries'. Farnham, UK: Ashgate. pp. 203-214. ISBN 9781472411983

Bryan, J (2013) BBC Radio 3 The Early Music Show [Audio]

Bryan, J (2013) BBC Radio 3 In Tune [Audio]

Bryan, J (2013) Vlaamse Radio: Dowland 'Lachrimae' Pavans [Audio]

Bryan, J (2013) ‘'Their last foile and polishment': aspects of compositional refinement in the consort dances of Dowland and HolborneEarly Music , 41 (2), pp. 219-237. ISSN 0306-1078

Bryan, J (2013) A Variety of Viols [Performance] In: Royal Academy of Music, London, 15 April 2013, Museum, London, UK

Bryan, J (2013) Semana de Musica Religiosa, Cuenca, Spain: Gesualdo and Raval [Performance] In: Music by Gesualdo and Raval, 28 March 2013, Semana de Musica Reliugiosa, Cuenca, Spain

2012

Bryan, J (2012) Rose Consort of Viols: 'A European Grand Tour' [Performance] In: Christmas Concert : A European Grand Tour, 21 December 2012, National Gallery, London

Bryan, J (2012) Rose Consort of Viols: 'Fair Britain Isle' [Performance] In: Royal Greenwich International Early Music Festival : Fair Britain Isle, 10 November 2012, Old Royal Naval College, London

Bryan, J (2012) An Emerald in a Work of Gold [Audio]

Bryan, J (2012) Competing, Consenting, Consorting [Performance] In: Competing, Consenting, Consorting, 13 July 2012, National Centre for Early Music, York (Submitted)

Bryan, J (2012) Songs and Cries by Orlando Gibbons [Performance] In: Songs and Cries by Orlando Gibbons, 23 July 2012, Cadagon Hall, London, BBC Proms

Bryan, J (2012) Striggio: Missa Ecco si beato giorno/Tallis Spem in alium [Performance] In: Striggio Missa Ecco si beato, 9 July 2012, Tewklesbury Abbey

Bryan, J (2012) Teares and Lamentacions: Music for the death of Prince Henry [Performance] In: Teares and Lamentacions: music for the death of Prince Henry, 16 June 2012, Church of ST Peter & St Paul, North Curry, Somerset (Submitted)

Bryan, J (2012) An Emerald in a Work of Gold: Music from the Dow Partbooks [Audio]

2011

Bryan, J (2011) Musicke to content every humour [Performance] In: Musicke to content every humour, 3 December 2011, Holywell Music Room, Oxford (Submitted)

Bryan, J (2011) The World Tonight [Audio]

Bryan, J (2011) Music and Politics in the Life of Cosimo de' Medici [Performance] In: Music and Politics in ther Life of Cosimo de' Medici, 26 October 2011, Uffizi Gallery, Florence (Submitted)

Bryan, J (2011) The Early Music Show [Audio]

Bryan, J (2011) An Emerald in a Work of Gold [Performance] In: An Emerald in a Work of Gold, 11 June 2011, St John's Church, Chichester, Sussex (Submitted)

Bryan, J (2011) Peter Philips and his Musical Circle [Performance] In: Peter Philips and his Musical Circle, 3 March 2011, King's College Chapel, University of Aberdeen (Submitted)

Bryan, J (2011) Alessandro Striggio: Missa Ecco si beato giorno in 40 parts [Audio]

Bryan, J (2011) ‘Extended Play: Reflections of Heinrich Isaac's Music in Early Tudor EnglandThe Journal of Musicology , 28 (1), pp. 118-141. ISSN 0277-9269

2010

Bryan, J (2010) American Garden/English Roses [Performance] In: American Garden/English Roses, 23 February 2010, Corpus Christi Church, New York, USA (Submitted)

Bryan, J (2010) Composed after the Italian vaine [Performance] In: Composed after the Italian vaine, 19 February 2010, First Congregational Church, Cambridge, Mass. USA (Submitted)

Bryan, J (2010) Alpha and Omega [Audio]

2009

Bryan, J (2009) Divisions, Ayres and Fancies [Performance] In: Divisions, Ayres and Fancies, 26 November 2009, Queen's University, Belfast (Submitted)

Bryan, J (2009) From Bologna to Britannia [Performance] In: From Bologna to Britannia, 25 October 2009, Early Music Colorado Fall Festival, Boulder, USA (Submitted)

Bryan, J (2009) Henry Purcell Fantazias and In Nomines [Performance] In: Henry Purcell Fantazias and In Nomines, 6 & 9 October 2009, Abbazia de Maguzzano, Lake Garda, Italy (Submitted)

Bryan, J (2009) Celebrating Henry Purcell [Audio]

Bryan, J (2009) Ayres & Fancies [Performance] In: Evening Concerts: Spring 2009, 3 March 2009, University of Sheffield, Firth Hall

Bryan, J (2009) ‘Ayres & Fancies’: Purcell’s incomparable fantazias, with songs by Dowland & Byrd [Performance] In: Ayres & Fancies, 10 February 2009, St. Mary’s Church, Warwick

Bryan, J (2009) London Street Cries [Performance] In: London Street Cries, 09 February 2009, Ripon Cathedral, Ripon

2008

Bryan, J (2008) ‘Trickling Tears and Ruthless Rage’: Elizabethan Dramatic Songs, Dances & Fantasias [Performance] In: Milverton Concert Society 22nd Series, 12 December 2008, Milverton Paris Church

Bryan, J (2008) ‘Lullaby, my sweet little baby’: Elizabethan & Jacobean Music for Christmas [Performance] In: Lullaby, my sweet little baby, 4 December 2008, Bunyan Meeting Free Church, Mill Street, Bedford

Bryan, J (2008) Songs without Words [Performance] In: Inaugural Lecture-Recital: ‘Songs without Words’, 7 Oct 2008, University of Huddersfield, Phipps Concert Hall

Bryan, J (2008) The Swan and the Nightingale [Performance] In: Huddersfield Music Society, 6 October 2008, St Paul’s Hall, University of Huddersfield

Bryan, J (2008) Sweet Delightful Ayres and Sublime Discourses [Performance] In: Dartington International Summer School, 29 July 2008, Great Hall, Dartington

Bryan, J (2008) Trickling Tears and Ruthless Rage [Performance] In: Gower Festival, 18 July 2008, St Mary’s Church, Rhossili

Bryan, J (2008) Three Britons in Brussels [Performance] In: York Early Music Festival, 8 July 2008, The National Centre for Early Music, York

Bryan, J (2008) Trickling Tears and Ruthless Rage [Performance] In: Trickling Tears and Ruthless Rage, 14 May 2008, Ottery St Mary Church, Devon

Bryan, J (2008) Renaissance Choral Music: works by Allegri, Palestrina, and Byrd [Audio]

Bryan, J (2008) Trickling Tears and Ruthless Rage [Performance] In: Amersham Festival of Music, 8 April 2008, St Mary’s Parish Church, Old Amersham

Bryan, J (2008) Four Gentleman of the Chapel Royal [Audio]

Bryan, J (2008) ‘'Verie sweete and artificiall': Lorenzo Costa and the earliest violsEarly Music , 36 (1), pp. 3-18. ISSN 03061078

2007

Bryan, J. and Bott, C. (2007) William Byrd: Loyal Servant of the Crown and Devout Catholic [Audio]

Bryan, J (2007) Lullaby, my Sweet Little Baby [Performance] In: York Early Music Christmas Festival, 7 December 2007, National Centre for Early Music (Submitted)

Bryan, J (2007) Perfect and Sweet Harmony [Performance] In: Nottingham University Concert Series, 6 December 2007, Djanogly Concert Hall, Lakeside Arts Centre (Submitted)

Bryan, J (2007) Songs without Words: Consort Music from the Age of Elizabeth I [Performance] In: Lancaster International Concert Series, 29 November 2007, Great Hall, Lancaster University (Submitted)

Bryan, J (2007) Four Gentleman of the Chapel Royal [Performance] In: Greenwich International Early Music Festival & Exhibition 2007, 10 November 2007, Old Royal Naval College Chapel Greenwich (Submitted)

Bryan, J (2007) Four Gentleman of the Chapel Royal [Performance] In: Pan-Pacific Gamba Gathering, 2 August 2007, Orvis Auditorium, University of Hawaii (Submitted)

Bryan, J (2007) English Anthems and Consort Music for Voices and Viols [Performance] In: Pan-Pacific Gamba Gathering, 30 July 2007, English Anthems and Consort Music for Voices and Viols (Submitted)

Bryan, J (2007) William Byrd and his English precursors [Performance] In: Dartington International Summer School, 23 July 2007, The Great Hall, Dartington (Submitted)

Bryan, J (2007) William Byrd: loyal servant of the Crown and devout Catholic [Performance] In: York Early Music Festival, 11 July 2007, The National Centre for Early Music, York (Submitted)

Bryan, J (2007) ‘Not unlike a confused singing of birds in a grove: An Introduction to the In NomineViol (6), pp. 15-19.

2004

Bryan, J (2004) A Songbook for Isabella: music from the circle of Isabella d’Este [Composition]

Bryan, J (2004) Madame d’Amours – Songs, Dances & Consort Music for the Six Wives of Henry VIII [Composition]

2003

Bryan, J (2003) Upon a Bank with Roses [Composition]

Bryan, J (2003) Alfonso Ferrabosco [Composition]

Bryan, J (n.d.) Performing Dowland: Dance Music, Songs and 'Lachrimae' Pavans [Performance] In: Celebrating John Dowland, 5 May 2013, Auditorium, Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge

Esteem

Arts and Humanities Research Council Peer Review College Member, 2009-

Academic Council External Member for Research, Royal Northern College of Music, 2011-

External Examiner, MA in Music, University of York, 2011-

External examiner for postgraduate performance in viol, Trinity Laban College, 2008

External examiner, PhD, Birmingham Conservatoire, 2009

External examiner, MPhil, University of York, 2010

Regular contributions to BBC Radio 3 The Early Music Show and other programmes

Performances broadcast by BBC, Wesdeutscher Rundfunk, Canadian Broadcasting Company

Chair: NCEM International Young Artists’ Competition, 2008

Research Degree Supervision

Instruments, particularly viols, and their music in England 1500-1650

Relationships between vocal and instrumental music in the Renaissance

The viol and its repertory, 1500-1750

Historical performance practice in music

Enterprise Activities

John Bryan acts as Artistic Adviser to York Early Music Festival (since 1977): developing policy, devising festival themes and selecting artists and programmes for the UK’s premier festival of historically informed music.

Administrative Responsibilities

John Bryan represents Music on the School Accreditation and Validation Panel, and is a member of the University’s Extenuating Circumstances Committee

Teaching and Professional Activities

John Bryan contributes to the teaching and assessment of modules dealing with the preparation and presentation of performance in both the BMus (Hons) and MMus in Music courses and in PhD supervision. He also contributes to musicology teaching, particularly dealing with Renaissance music, editing and transcription, and historical performance, and is particularly interested in the interface between musicology and performance, which leads to a deeper awareness of historically informed stylistic practice. He conducts the University of Huddersfield Chamber Choir and directs the University Early Music Ensemble, and also regularly conducts the University Choir and Orchestra. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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