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Professor of Musicology, Durham University

Jeremy Dibble studied music at Trinity College, Cambridge (with Philip Radcliffe, Richard Marlow, Peter le Huray and Robin Holloway) and at Southampton University (with Peter Evans). Before he was appointed as a lecturer at Durham in 1993, he was a lecturer in music at University College, Cork. He teaches courses in harmony and counterpoint, musicianship, nineteenth- and twentieth-century music, and includes special topics in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century English song, Brahms, Britten's Chamber Operas and (at MA level) English church music. In 2010 the Royal School of Church Music awarded him a Fellowship (FRSCM) for services to church music and, in 2013, he was awarded a Fellowship (FGCM) by the Guild of Church Musicians.

Jeremy Dibble’s research specialisms lie in British and Irish music of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, an area which includes not only composer studies, but also musical criticism and aesthetics, church music, hymnology, song, light music, opera and instrumental music. He is best known for his monographs C. Hubert H. Parry: His Life and Music (Oxford: OUP, 1992 rev. 1998) and Charles Villiers Stanford: Man and Musician (Oxford: OUP, 2002), John Stainer: A Life in Music (Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2007), Michele Esposito (Dublin: Field Day Press, 2010) and Hamilton Harty: Musical Polymath (Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2013), and for his edition of Parry’s Violin Sonatas for Musica Britannica (Vol. LXXX, 2003). He has also edited, with Bennett Zon, Volume 2 of Ashgate’s Nineteenth-Century British Music Studies (2002), and is musical editor of the Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology (with Dick Watson), launched in 2013; he has also contributed numerous essays to books including ‘Dannreuther and the Orme Square Phenomenon’ for British Music and Culture (eds. Bashford and Langley, 2000), ‘Elgar and his British Contemporaries’ to the Cambridge Companion to Elgar (eds. Rushton and Grimley, 2005), and Chapter 8, ‘Musical Trends and the Western Church: A Collision of the Ancient and Modern’, for Cambridge University Press’s World Christianities. He has contributed many articles on British composers to the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, the revised Oxford Companion to Music, the new edition of Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart, Thoemmes’ Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century British Philosophers and Grolier’s Encyclopaedia of the Victorian Era.He is presently preparing an edition of Parry’s Piano Trios for Musica Britannica. He has also completed numerous editions for the RSCM Press and for OUP.

Current and recent supervision of research projects has included: the music of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Frederic Cowen, Hamish MacCunn, William Gillies Whittaker, Archibald Potter, Elgar and Wagner, Eric Coates, Chopin in England and Scotland, Poulenc's a cappella sacred works, the music of Josip Slavenski, the history of the Royal College of Music 1883-1918, Tractarian hymnody, the Symphonies of John Kinsella, the music of E. J. Moeran, Thomas Tertius Noble and the choir of St Thomas, New York, the concerted works of Herbert Howells, the role of the organ in nineteenth-century church music, the influence of Brahms in British music and the choral works of Gerald Finzi.


  • –present
    Professor of Musicology, Durham University


  • 1986 
    University of Southampton, PhD (Musicology)