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Dr Martyn Shaw


I am a UK based flautist based in Manchester with a particular specialism in early flutes, including the baroque flute, classical flute and 'pre-Boehm'nineteenth-century flutes. I am Woodwind Coordinator at Chetham's School of Music, Manchester and a Principal Lecturer at Leeds College of Music.  


As a performer I have worked with many of the country's leading period-instrument ensembles including the Orchestra of the Age of Englightenment, London Handel Orchestra and Ex-Cathedra. My latest recording 'The Nichosonian Effect' was released on the Omnibus label in 2016 (visit shop).


My doctoral research focussed on early nineteenth-century performance practice with particular emphasis on the work of Charles Nicholson (1795-1837).  This research represents the first study of 'tone-colour', vibrato and gliding, within the performance practices of the period. Read my thesis here. I have presented academic papers, lecture recitals and chaired sessions for the Royal Musical Association, Society for Musicology in Ireland and the International Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music, at the Universities of Birmingham, Edinburgh, Hull and Leeds and at the Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama.


I hold a Masters' degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Manchester. My dissertation focused upon the educational leadership of music in the UK.


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