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Professor Jonathan Wainwright
Professor and Chair of Board of Studies



Jonathan Wainwright is a musicologist and performer. He has published extensively on English and Italian music of the 16th and 17th centuries, is an editor of scholarly editions and of contemporary English church music, and his CD recordings range from Medieval carols through to Percy Whitlock’s Organ Symphony. He was editor of the Royal Musical Association Research Chronicle from 1994 to 2010.

He was educated at Durham University, the Royal Academy of Music, and St Catharine’s College, Cambridge. From 1989 to 1996 he was a College Lecturer at Oxford and from 1994 to 1996 held a half-time Lectureship at the Open University.

In 1996 he moved to York to take up a joint appointment shared between the School of Arts and Creative Technologies and York Minster where he was Director of the Girls Choir. He has been full-time at the University since 2001 and was Head of School from 2007 to 2013.

School Roles

  • Chair of Board of Studies
  • Chair of Graduate School



  • 16th- and 17th-century English and Italian music
  • Editing
  • Performance practice
  • English Church Music


  • Small Grant in the Creative and Performing Arts (1999): Arts and Humanities Research Board
  • C.B. Oldman prize International Association of Music Libraries for an outstanding work of music bibliography for The Viola da Gamba Society’s Index of Manuscripts Containing Consort Music joint compiler with Andrew Ashbee & Robert Thompson (Ashgate, Aldershot & Burlington, Vermont, Vol. 1: 2001)
  • Research Leave Award Spring Term 2004: Arts and Humanities Research Board
  • University of York Supervisor of the Year (2012)
  • Honorary Fellowship of the Guild of Church Musicians (2013)
  • Humfrey Wanley Fellowship, Bodleian Library, Oxford (2013)
  • Visiting Fellow St Catherine’s College, Oxford (Trinity term 2014)
  • Albi Rosenthal Visiting Fellowship in Music, Bodleian Library, Oxford (2016)


Full publications list

View Jonathan Wainwright's full publications list at the York Research Database.



  • Constructing Music History
  • Editing Early Music
  • Music and Liturgy in England c.1500–1640
  • Music and Drama in Italy 1589–1643
  • Monteverdi
  • Music and Patronage in Seventeenth-Century England
  • Purcell


  • English Church Music 1549-present

Professor Jo Wainwright

Contact details

Professor Jonathan Wainwright
School of Arts and Creative Technologies
University of York
YO10 5GB

Tel: +44 (0) 1904 32 4748