Dr Elizabeth Ford (University of Glasgow)
Daiches-Manning Memorial Fellow, September 2018 - February 2019
Project: The musical culture of coffee houses and taverns in eighteenth‐century Edinburgh
This project focuses on the musical life in Edinburgh in informal extra-musical spaces--the tavern and the coffee house--and the musical environment that led to the formation of the Edinburgh Musical Society. Collaboration with the AHRC-funded Space, Place, Sound, and Memory: Immersive Experiences of the Past will result in a recreation of the sound environment of the Cross Keys tavern.
Elizabeth Ford's research focuses on the flute in Scottish musical culture. Her doctoral thesis on the flute in eighteenth-century Scotland won the National Flute Association 2017 Graduate Research Award, She is one of the research assistants on the Royal Society of Edinburgh-funded Eighteenth-century Arts Education Research Network (EAERN). Other research projects look at the overlaps in flute playing and piping, Highland and Lowland culture, and the idea of "Scottishness." She was awarded a fellowship from the Handel Institute to work on an edition of James Oswald's chamber music, and she is collaborating with instrument maker Donald Lindsay to recreate the unique bell-ended flute shown on the ceiling of Crathes Castle (Banchory, Aberdeenshire). Her edition of William McGibbon's complete sonatas will be published by A-R Editions in December 2018.