Dr Tim Shephard
Department of Music
Senior Lecturer in Musicology
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Department of Music
Tim studied Music at the universities of Manchester and Nottingham, and Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Before entering academia he was a professional cellist and cello teacher. He has taught at the universities of Nottingham and Oxford, arriving at Sheffield in 2012
Tim held a Junior Research Fellowship at Worcester College, Oxford in 2011-12, and from 2012-16 was Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Music, Gender and Identity, University of Huddersfield. From 2014-17 he led the major research project 'Music in the Art of Renaissance Italy c.1420-1540' funded by the Leverhulme Trust. He currently holds a parallel, status-only appointment as Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Toronto.
Tim's expertise lies broadly in medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music, with a particular focus on Italian music in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
- Research interests
Tim's research is set in Italy during the 15th to mid-16th centuries, addressing musical culture through an interdisciplinary lens.
A good deal of Tim's research addresses representations of music in images - the Renaissance equivalents of band posters and gig t-shirts. From 2014-17 he led the major project 'Music in the Art of Renaissance Italy c.1420-1540', funded by the Leverhulme Trust, resulting in the most comprehensive study of the subject to date.
Tim's other main research theme is music and identity in Renaissance Italy. He has published extensively on music and gender, and also on the role of music in statecraft and the representation of princely power.
- View this article in WRRO Foolish Midas: Representing Musical Judgement and Moral Judgement in Italy ca.1520 In Butler K & Bassler S (Ed.), Music, Myth and Story in Medieval and Early Modern Europe (pp. 87-104). Boydell Press
- Research group
Tim is keen to supervise research in early music, especially Renaissance and Early Modern Italian music, and topics combining music and visual culture.
- Laura Stefanescu - 'Engaging the Inner Sensorium: A Musical Journey to Paradise in Italian Renaissance Art'
- Federico Furnari - 'The York Symphonies of Giovanni Battista Serini: Study and Edition'
- Momoko Uchisaka - 'Representing Madness through Music on the Italian Stage c.1580-1640'
- Samantha Chang (at University of Toronto) - 'Music in the Early-Modern Artist's Studio'
- Serenella Sessini - 'Angels in the Home: Music, Art and Education in the Domestic Sphere in Renaissance Italy'
- George Parsons - 'Metaphor as a Tool for Theologically-Informed Musical Analysis of Sir James MacMillan's Triduum'
- Michael Sargeant - 'The Green Man: Creating, Performing and Educating through Medieval Music'
- Professional activities
Tim is a regular contributor to BBC radio on Renaissance music topics, and has contributed to public events at several major museums, galleries and music venues, including the National Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum and Music in the Round. He collaborates with celebrated performers the Orlando Consort.
He is also a council member of the Society for Renaissance Studies and the co-editor of the Routledge series 'Music and Visual Culture'.
- BBC Radio Sheffield special guest on Rony Robinson
- The Conversation article 'Band Posters of the Renaissance'
- BBC Radio 3 Sunday Feature 'Monteverdi's Women' with Catherine Fletcher
- BBC Radio 3 Early Music Show 'The Medici Codex' with Robert Hollingworth
- National Gallery Podcast for the exhibition 'Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan' with Robert Worby