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As a musicologist, Roz has researched musical life in the north-east of England for many years, exploring the social and historical context of music-making in the region during the 18th century. Her work examines the musicians themselves and the activities they undertook to make a living, the make-up of audiences and their influence on what music was performed and composed, as well as the place of music in everyday life.

‘An astonishing amount of music was played and composed in the north-east during the 18th century,’ she says, ‘everything from symphonies, ballad operas and psalm tunes, to folk melodies. It’s a fertile and fascinating period for music and an astonishing amount of information about it survives.’

Books and articles

Published by Tynebridge Publishing 18 February 2009
THE INGENIOUS MR AVISON, Or. Two Ladies for Half a Guinea


To celebrate the tercentenary of Charles Avison’s birth, the Avison Ensemble and Tynebridge Publishing are proud to announce the publication of the first full biography of the composer. This generously illustrated book has been written by three local authors with special expertise in the history of Newcastle and its cultural life.


Historical sketches of a Cumberland Village
(edited and illustrated by Derek Denman)

Published by the Lorton and Derwent Fells Local History Society (2008)

'Roz Southey’s … garnering of these traces of days long gone is informed by a sound understanding of the life of the time and she writes shapely, attractive essays on each of her subjects.'
[Cumberland News]

To read an extract from Life in Old Loweswater click here

Published 2008
ISBN: 978-0-9548487-1-2

Available from www.derwentfells.com

Music-Making in North-East England during the Eighteenth Century

The North-East of England in the eighteenth century was a region where many different kinds of musical activity thrived, and where a large range of documentation survives. Such activities included concert-going, teaching, tuning and composition, as well as music in church and in the theatre. Music as entertainment, as a learned art, as an aid to piety, as a profession, a social facilitator, and a support to patriotism and nationalism.

The book draws upon a rich selection of source material including local newspapers, council and ecclesiastical records, private papers, and diaries and accounts of local tradesmen, as well as surviving examples of music. Charles Avison’s importance is focused upon particularly, and his Essay on Musical Expression is considered alongside other contemporary writings of lesser fame.

Published August 2006
Ashgate Publishing
ISBN-13: 978-0-7546-5097-3
ISBN-10: 0-7546-5097-0

Available from www.ashgatepublishing.com

Other non-fiction writings include:

‘Compositional Activity in Newcastle upon Tyne at the end of the 18th century’, The Consort (Journal of the Dolmetsch Foundation), Summer 2000, 56, 17-32.

‘Composition and Collaboration: Concert Promotion in Newcastle and Durham, 1752-1772’, in Concert Life in Eighteenth-Century Britain, edited by Susan Wollenberg and Simon McVeigh (Ashgate Publishing, 2004), 55-70.

‘The Volunteer Band, Newcastle upon Tyne’ in ‘Music and Politics, 1793-1815’ in Resisting Napoleon: The British Response to the Threat of Invasion, 1797-1815, edited by Mark Philp (Ashgate Publishing, 2006), 173-204.

‘The role of Gentlemen Amateurs in Subscription Concerts in North-East England during the Eighteenth Century,’ in Music in the British Provinces, 1690-1914, edited by Rachel Holman and Peter Holman (Ashgate Publishing, forthcoming).

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