After graduating in Chemistry and music from NUI Cork, Noel O’Regan took his D. Phil. from Oxford in 1988 with a dissertation on Roman Polychoral Music. He spent a year lecturing in music at the University of Lancaster before coming to the University of Edinburgh in 1985 as lecturer in music. He became a senior lecturer in 1996 and served as head of department 2001-4. He conducts the Edinburgh University Renaissance Singers which tours widely and has made three CDs. He is also Chairman of the board of the Edinburgh Georgian Concert Society.
- Sacred Music in Italy in the Sixteenth and early Seventeenth Centuries
- Institutional Patronage
- Roman lay confraternities and their music
- Music and liturgy
Noel O'Regan continues to research into Roman sacred music and is currently writing a book on the musical patronage of Roman lay confraternities 1486-1650. He has recently edited the volume of triple-choir music for the new Italian Palestrina edition.
Recent published work includes research on the life and music of Tomás L. de Victoria, on the music of Luca Marenzio, Giovanni M. Nanino and Ottavio Pitoni and on Roman secular Latin motets by Palestrina and Annibale Stabile. He is also studying the music in a Roman convent in the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
Noel O’Regan teaches undergraduate courses in Style Studies, Music in Christian Worship and Scottish Art Music from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment, as well as contributing to various historical lecture courses. He is programme organiser for the MMus in Musicology where he teaches on the Musicology A and Research Methods A courses.