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Last Name
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
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music history, opera, education, eighteenth-century studies, nineteenth-century studies, gender, sexuality, Georgian history, Scottish music, Allan Ramsay, Robert Burns.
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About Me

I am a Lecturer in Historical Musicology at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and a trained singer. My research interests include singers and singing in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. My forthcoming book Venanzio Rauzzini and the Birth of a New Style in English Singing: Scandalous Lessons is due to be published by Routledge. I have been a visiting researcher at the University of Sydney and at Chawton House and I am a Research Associate for the AHRC-funded project ‘The Edited Collection of Allan Ramsay’. I am also editing Allan Ramsay’s Tea-Table Miscellany with Professor Murray Pittock and Dr David McGuinness. Past projects include establishing the Royal Society of Edinburgh-funded network, the Eighteenth-century Arts Education Research Network and working as Research Assistant for the Romantic National Song Network, also funded by Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Recent Publications

My monograph Venanzio Rauzzini and the Birth of a New Style in English Singing: Scandalous Lessons is forthcoming. I am also editing Allan Ramsay’s Tea-Table Miscellany, which is due to be published by Edinburgh University Press in 2022.

Recent academic publications include:

Robertson-Kirkland, B. E. (2021) On this day in history Domenico Corri arrived in EdinburghHistory Scotland.

Robertson-Kirkland, B. E. (2020) Mapping changes to the songs in The Gentle Shepherd, 1725-1788. Studies in Scottish Literature, 46(2), pp. 103-126.

Robertson-Kirkland, B. E. (2019) Performance potential of Stationers’ Hall collections. Brio, 56(2), pp. 77-86.

Robertson-Kirkland, B.E. (2019) Library of Congress: Early American Sheet Music. Royal Musical Association Research Chronicle, 50, pp. 172-180. (doi: 10.1080/14723808.2018.1500810)

Robertson-Kirkland, B. (2018) Music-making: a fundamental or a vain accomplishment? Women’s History, 2(10), pp. 30-34.

Media Coverage
History Scotland, 2021; Music Matters, BBC Radio 3, 2019; The Eighteenth-century Castrato, Pop Enlightenments Season 2 Episode ‪8‬, 2019 Eighteenth-century Music and Historical Drama, Pop Enlightenments Season 2 Episode ‪7‬, 2019; The Castrated O
Country Focus
Britain, Scotland, and Australia
Expertise by Geography
Australia, British Isles, England, United Kingdom
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, 19th century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Pedagogy, Sexuality, Sexual Violence, Women