Membership of Council is by invitation and is based principally on research record. Membership is not limited to staff of academic institutions, three of the most distinguished and active founding members (Winton Dean, Anthony Hicks, and Terence Best) accomplishing their research as independent scholars.


Further details of Trustees

Donald Burrows (chair)

Emeritus Professor of Music, Open University, and Vice-President, Händel-Gesellschaft. His publications about Handel include six books and 25 music editions.

Laurence Cummings

Conductor and harpsichordist. Musical Director of the London Handel Festival, Artistic Director of the Göttingen Handel Festival, Music Director of the Orquestra Barroca Casa da Musica, and William Crotch Professor of Historical Performance at the Royal Academy of Music.

Linda Wong Davies

Lady Linda Wong Davies is the founder and chair of the KT Wong Foundation, which works across the arts to promote cultural bridges between China and the West. Previous projects have included BBC documentaries, and new commissions for BBC Proms. In 2009, she produced Semele, which subsequently was the first baroque opera to be staged in China. She is establishing the first Baroque education residency between the UK and China.

John Deathridge

Emeritus Professor of Music, King’s College London. Organist and choirmaster, St Wolfgang’s, Munich, 1971–81. An editor of Richard Wagner: Sämtliche Werke. Publications include The Ring of the Nibelung (Penguin, 2018).

John Greenacombe

Visiting Research Fellow at the Open University. Publications include George Frideric Handel: Collected Documents and the Knightsbridge volume in the Survey of London.

Andrew Jones

Emeritus Senior Lecturer in Music, University of Cambridge, and Fellow Emeritus, Selwyn College. Publications include the Hallische Händel-Ausgabe Rodelinda and (forthcoming) the complete cantatas for solo voice and basso continuo. Founder and Music Director of the Cambridge Handel Opera Group, 1985–2013.

Curtis Price

A musicologist who has written books and articles on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century performance practice, English dramatic music and Italian opera. He was lecturer, then professor, at King’s College London (1981–95), Principal of the Royal Academy of Music (1995–2008) and Warden of New College Oxford (2009–16).

Ruth Smith

Freelance writer, lecturer and broadcaster. Publications include Handel’s Oratorios and Eighteenth-Century Thought and an illustrated life of Charles Jennens.

Lawrence Wragg

Company director, previously merchant banker. Past chairman of Cambridge University Musical Society, and current president of Cambridge University Symphony Chorus

Further details of Council Members

Terence Best

Joint General Editor of the Hallische Händel-Ausgabe. He has edited 22 volumes of the edition. He was co-editor of Handel Collections and their History.

Donald Burrows (chair)

Emeritus Professor of Music, Open University, and Vice-President, Händel-Gesellschaft. His publications about Handel include six books and 25 music editions.

Carrie Churnside

Senior Lecturer in Music, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (part of Birmingham City University). Research focuses on Italian music immediately before and during Handel’s lifetime, including publications on late seventeenth-century cantatas and Transitions in Mid-Baroque Music: Style, Genre and Performance (edited collection, forthcoming).

Helen Coffey

Lecturer in Music at the Open University. Publications include George Frideric Handel: Collected Documents and Handel in Context (forthcoming).

Victoria Cooper

Founder and Director, Cooper Digital Publishing. Previously Senior Commissioning Editor of Music and Theatre Books, Cambridge University Press, publishing a number of Handel-related volumes, including George Frideric Handel: Collected Documents and The Cambridge Handel Encyclopedia.

Matthew Gardner

Junior Professor of Musicology at the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen and member of the Hallische Händel-Ausgabe Editorial Board. Publications include Handel and Maurice Greene’s Circle at the Apollo Academy and an edition of Handel’s Wedding Anthems.

Berta Joncus

Senior Lecturer, and Head of Post-Graduate Studies, Department of Music, Goldsmiths, University of London. Publications include Kitty Clive, or the Fair Songster (Boydell, 2019), and the critical edition of Love in a Village (Bärenreiter, 2019). Previous projects include Ballad Operas Online and ‘The Stage’s Glory’: John Rich.

Andrew Jones

Emeritus Senior Lecturer in Music, University of Cambridge, and Fellow Emeritus, Selwyn College. Publications include the Hallische Händel-Ausgabe Rodelinda and (forthcoming) the complete cantatas for solo voice and basso continuo. Founder and Music Director of the Cambridge Handel Opera Group, 1985–2013.

Sylvia Levi

Chartered accountant with a background in financial services regulation, and experience of the treasurership of several charities. Longstanding interest in the Baroque period and the music of Handel and his associates.

Curtis Price

A musicologist who has written books and articles on 17th- and 18-century performance practice, English dramatic music and Italian opera. He was lecturer, then professor, at King’s College London (1981–95), Principal of the Royal Academy of Music (1995–2008) and Warden of New College Oxford (2009–16).

Ruth Smith

Freelance writer, lecturer and broadcaster. Publications include Handel’s Oratorios and Eighteenth-Century Thought and an illustrated life of Charles Jennens.

David Vickers

Lecturer in Academic Studies, Royal Northern College of Music. Co-editor of The Cambridge Handel Encyclopedia. Current projects include editing Partenope (Hallische Händel-Ausgabe) and New Perspectives on Handel’s Music: Essays in Honour of Donald Burrows (Boydell 2018), and rediscovering the repertoire of early eighteenth-century singers.

Silas Wollston

Freelance performer, and Affiliated Lecturer at Cambridge University. Editor of Handel’s Hercules for the Hallische Händel-Ausgabe and author of research on Handel’s instrumental works and compositional process.

Lawrence Zazzo

Professional countertenor, formerly on the vocal faculties of the Royal College and Royal Academy of Music, and currently Head of Performance and Lecturer in Music at Newcastle University. Recordings include six of Handel’s operas and four of his oratorios. Currently working on a recording of Handel alto cantatas and articles on Handel’s L’allegro and Semele.