David R M Irving
King's College London
London WC2R 2LS
Historical performance practice
Educational and Professional Background
David R. M. Irving is an ethnomusicologist and cultural historian whose work critiques the role of music in intercultural contact and globalization from c.1500 to 1900. He undertook his doctoral research at Clare College, Cambridge, under the supervision of Tess Knighton, with a study on music in the Philippines during the first two and a half centuries of Spanish colonial rule (1565–1815). David was a Junior Research Fellow at Christ’s College, Cambridge, from 2007 to 2011, during which time he lectured and supervised at the Faculty of Music, Cambridge, as well as publishing extensively and making numerous research presentations. His first book, Colonial Counterpoint: Music in Early Modern Manila, was published by Oxford University Press in 2010 and was subsequently named one of eighteen ‘Books of the Year’ for 2010 by BBC History Magazine. In 2009 David was elected a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, and in 2010 he was awarded The Jerome Roche Prize by the Royal Musical Association ‘for a distinguished article by a scholar in the early stages of his or her career’. He has been appointed a Council Member of the Royal Musical Association from 2011 to 2013.