Laura Tunbridge

BA Oxf, MA Nott, PhD Princeton
Henfrey Fellow and Tutor in Music
Professor of Music


I teach nineteenth- and twentieth-century music history and analysis at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Current lecture courses include Richard Strauss and the Representation of Women, The String Quartet after Beethoven, Lieder in Theory and Practice, and Musical Thought and Scholarship.

About me

I read music at The Queen's College, Oxford, then completed a MA at Nottingham and a PhD at Princeton. I taught for two years at the University of Reading, and for ten years at the University of Manchester, before joining St Catherine's and the Music Faculty in October 2014. I have been a Visiting Fellow at Columbia University, New York, and at the Max Planck Institute in Berlin.


My new book, Singing in the Age of Anxiety: Lieder Performances in New York and London between the World Wars (Chicago University Press, 2018), investigates vocal recitals in London and New York in the 1920s and 30s, examining the impact of interwar politics on British and American musical life and the influence of Austro-German musicians on repertoire and performance styles, as well as the ways in which live concert practices were informed by early recordings, radio and sound film.

That project builds on earlier interests in singers and songs. The Song Cycle (Cambridge University Press, 2010), traces a history of the genre from Beethoven through to today. It considers how ideas about song cycles have been shaped by performers and recording technology, and how song cycles have interacted with other genres: from symphonies and operas to popular music.

My other major interest is the reception of the life and works of Robert Schumann. I am particularly interested in the influence his biography has had on our understanding of his music, which I wrote about in Schumann's Late Style (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and in Rethinking Schumann (co-edited with Roe-Min Kok, Oxford University Press, 2011).

Further information about my research can be found on my Faculty webpage and at

Graduate supervision

I am the MSt and MPhil convenor in the Faculty of Music and teach seminars on topics such as Aesthetics, Theory and Analysis, and Music and Travel. Enquiries from prospective postgraduate students are welcome.