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Martyn Shaw studied at Chetham’s School of Music before accepting a place at the Trevor Wye Studio, funded by a Graucob Award. He continued his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and was subsequently awarded a double entrance scholarship by the Royal Academy of Music, where he completed the Masters programme. Martyn studied with Edward Beckett, Sam Coles, Michael Cox, Kate Hill, Paul Edmund-Davies, Averil Williams and Trevor Wye, and Baroque and Classical flutes with Lisa Beznosiuk, Rachel Brown and Stephen Preston.


Martyn is a Principal Lecturer at Leeds College of Music and teaches flute, Baroque flute and Historical Performance at Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester. He has experience as an Artistic and Quality Assessor for Arts Council England, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


As a performer Martyn has worked with several leading ensembles including English Touring Opera, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, London Handel Orchestra, Ex Cathedra, Armonico Consort, English Scholars, the Eighteenth Century Concert Orchestra and Welsh Baroque. He was a founding member of Consort 1700 with whom he performed in the Leeds International Concert Season, the Ripon International Concert Season and at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. Martyn has recorded his own edition of Hummel’s D major flute sonata on an original ‘Nicholson’s “Improved” Flute’ (c.1839) and Collard & Collard Piano (c.1848). His latest recording 'The Nicholsonian Effect' was released in 2016 on the Omnibus Classics label, featuring works from Nineteenth-Century England with the pianist Jonathan Gooing.


Martyn completed his PhD at the University of Birmingham in 2014.  His doctoral research focused on ‘tone’ in early nineteenth-century English performance practice. The research uniquely assesses the interrelationship which existed between performance, pedagogy and instrumental design in the work of Charles Nicholson (1795-1837).  It represents the first detailed study of the form and function of tone-colour, vibrato and the glide within the performance practices of the period ( . Martyn’s research interests include the development of the minuet, nineteenth-century extemporisation and preluding, the life and work of Charles Nicholson, the development of the English conservatoire, and Leadership in Music Education. He recently completed a Masters' degree in Educational Leadership at the University of Manchester. Martyn is a past recipient of the British Land Award (2003), Jean Vincent Award (Dalcroze Society UK) and winner of Barber, Barton, Cunningham, Goldsborough, Jerwood and MBF scholarships. Martyn has presented academic papers, research seminars, lecture recitals and has chaired sessions for the Royal Musical Association, Society for Musicology in Ireland, University of Birmingham, Open University and at the International Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music.