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Joseph Fort joined King’s in September 2015, upon completing a PhD at Harvard University. (Previously, he studied at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and the Royal Academy of Music.) He is active as a musicologist and conductor. His research focuses on eighteenth-century music, with particular interests in: dance-music relationships; the music of Haydn; arrangements and adaptations; performance issues; and phenomenological approaches to musical analysis. He is currently working on a monograph that explores minuet dancing in late-eighteenth-century Vienna, and its implications for analysis of Haydn’s symphonic minuets. His teaching covers historical and analytical topics in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century music, and musical performance. As the Music Department’s Director of Performance, he oversees the undergraduate instrumental/vocal tuition through the link between King’s and the Royal Academy of Music. Information about Joseph’s conducting activities can be found here

For more details, please see his full  research profile.

Research interests and PhD supervision

  • eighteenth-century music (esp. Haydn)
  • music and dance
  • arrangements and adaptations
  • performance issues
  • conducting and choral music


Eighteenth-century music history; eighteenth- and nineteenth-century music theory and analysis; music and dance; performance.