Dr James Cook

James Cook profileDepartment of Music
The University of Sheffield
Jessop Building
34 Leavygreave Road
Sheffield
S3 7RD

Tel: +44 (0) 114 222 0462

Email : james.cook@sheffield.ac.uk


I was appointed University Teacher in Music in September 2016 having previously been a Lecturer at Bangor University, a Supervision Tutor at the University of Cambridge, a Postdoctoral Fellow of the Society for Renaissance Studies, and an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Nottingham. I work mainly on early music and am especially interested in music of the fourteenth to sixteenth centuries – the period that falls neatly between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. I am particularly interested in the ways in which musical cultures in this period interact and how expatriate groups (merchants, clergy, and nobility) imported and used music.

I am also interested in the representation of early music on stage and screen, be that the use of ‘real’ early music in multimedia productions, the imaginative re-scoring of historical dramas, or even the popular medievalism of the fantasy genre. I was co-founder of the REMOSS (Representations of Early Music on Stage and Screen) study group which organises regular roundtables and conferences in this area and which will be publishing a book on the topic shortly. If you’d like to hear more, please do sign-up to our newsletter (REMOSS@jiscmail.com). Most recently, I have written about the high-fantasy videogame The Witcher III, looking at the ways in which popular conceptions of how the medieval period sounded inform the way that we score fantasy.

I have published on both ‘traditional’ aspects of early music and on its reception in popular culture. I am currently co-editing (with Alex Kolassa and Adam Whittaker) Recomposing the Past: Representations of Early Music on Stage and Screen which will be published by Routledge in the Ashgate Music on Screen series in 2017 and co-editing a volume of Early Music (with Lisa Colton) Facing the Music of Medieval England, also planned for publication in 2017. I am also finishing a monograph on the Mass cycle in England and the English Mass cycle abroad. I am involved in a number of large research projects, most notably the ‘Music and Alabaster’ project hosted jointly at the Universities of Nottingham and Birmingham, and the ‘Prosopography of Pre-Reformation English Church Musicians’, hosted at the University of Huddersfield and Royal Holloway.

I have, at one point or another, taught most subjects within the musicology curriculum, with a particular focus in historical musicology, cultural musicology, and notation and edition. This year, I will be teaching Harmony and Counterpoint, and Critical Musicology, convening the Dissertation and Ensemble Participation modules, and co-teaching the History of Western Music, Interdisciplinary Music Studies, and Music in Culture and Society Modules.
Outside of the University, I work with the internationally renowned ensemble The Binchois Consort as Scholar in Residence, am Membership Officer of the Society for Renaissance Studies, and also sit on the British Academy’s Early English Church Music Fifteenth-Century Sub-Committee.

Research Interests

• Early Music
• English Music
• Cultural Exchange
• Music for Film and TV
• Ludomusicology
• Institutional Studies
• Manuscript Studies
• Notation and Edition

Selected Publications

James Cook, ‘The Style of Walter Frye and an Anonymous Mass in the Lucca Choirbook’, Music & Letters, 96 (February 2015), 1–27

James Cook, Alex Kolassa and Adam Whittaker, ‘Representations of Early Music on Stage and Screen’, Early Music Performer, 36, (Spring 2015), 19–21

James Cook, Mid-Fifteenth-Century English Mass Cycles in Continental Sources (Doctoral Thesis: University of Nottingham, 2014), published through the Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music, 2015 http://www.diamm.ac.uk/resources/doctoral-dissertations/cook/

Academia profile: http://sheffield.academia.edu/JamesCook