School of Arts and Cultures

Eleanor Rutherford

Eleanor Rutherford

Degree Programme: BMus (Hons) with Year Abroad
Year of Graduation: 2009
Post-Graduation Qualifications: MPhil in Musicology at the University of Cambridge, 2010
Current Status: Doctoral student

About Eleanor

Undergraduate degree

I really valued the opportunity to study abroad: as well as learning a foreign language, I learnt a whole new set of skills and approaches to music that are not taught in the UK. I really appreciated the open-minded outlook of the staff at Newcastle, welcoming and embracing all forms of music: for example, instead of advising me to stick to the orchestral harp, I was supported in my studies on the lever harp. The teaching of the staff was very also engaging, which helped me enjoy discovering lots of new subject areas.

After graduating

I am currently in my second year of studying for a Ph.D. in Music at the University of Cambridge. My research is looking into the notation and production of Dominican liturgical manuscripts in thirteenth-century Paris. Alongside my research I also do some supervision for undergraduate courses in Early Music.

How your degree prepared you for your career

When I started at Newcastle I had no particular interest in early music or manuscripts, but a course in my second year on Music and Liturgy run by Magnus Williamson whetted my appetite for working with primary sources and from then on I was hooked. I took several further courses in early music including a final year ‘major project’ involving researching and editing two sixteenth-century sources.

My time at Newcastle definitely shaped the direction I have taken: I could not have predicted before starting that this is where I would be now.