Current PhD students

Jonathan Santa Maria Bouquet

Fiona Donaldson

Reid Concerts in the University of Edinburgh: the first hundred years, 1841-1941

PhD Supervision Topics

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.

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.

Research interests

  • Sacred Music in Italy in the Sixteenth and early Seventeenth Centuries
  • Institutional Patronage
  • Roman lay confraternities and their music
  • Music and liturgy

Research activity

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.

O'Regan, Thomas. 2016. “‘Marenzio’S Early Years In Rome. New Light From Archival Sources’”. Philomusica On-Line 15 (1).
O'Regan, Thomas. 2015. “El Greco In Rome”. In El Entorno Musical Del Greco. Actas Del Simposio Celebrado En Toledo, 30 January-2 February 2014.
O'Regan, Thomas. 2015. “Music In The Service Of Spanish Hegemony In Rome In The Early Modern Period”. In Festival Culture In The World Of The Spanish Habsburgs. Ashgate Publishing.
O'Regan, Thomas. 2014. “Music, Memory And Faith”. The Italianist 34 (3).
O'Regan, Noel. 2013. “Confraternity Statutes In Early Modern Rome: What Can They Tell Us About Musical Practice?”. In Atti Del Congresso Internazionale Di Musica Sacra In Occasione Del Centenario Di Fondazione Del Pims Roma, 26 Maggio-1 Giugno 2011, Eds. (Vatican City, 2013), 487-.501. Vol. 1. Libreria Editrice Vaticana.
Duguid, Tim. 2013. “Editions Of Psalms, Canticles, Hymns, Anthems, Rounds From Wode Partbooks”. The Church Service Society.
O'Regan, Noel. 2013. “From Rome To Madrid: The Polychoral Music Of Tomás Luis De Victoria”. In Polychoralities: Music Identity And Power In Italy, Spain And The New World. Reichenberger.
O'Regan, Noel. 2013. Motetti Policorali (A Dodici Voci In Tre Cori, Da Fonti Manoscritte). Motetti Policorali (A Dodici Voci In Tre Cori, Da Fonti Manoscritte). Vol. 5. Comitato per l'edizione nazionale delle opere di giovanni P. da Palestrina. Editalia, Rome.
O'Regan, Noel. 2013. “The Counter-Reformation And Music”. In The Ashgate Research Companion To The Counter-Reformation. Ashgate Publishing.
O'Regan, Noel. 2013. “Why Should We Sing The Lord’S Song In A Strange Land? Victoria’S Psalm Settings Composed For Rome”. In Estudios Tomás Luis De Victoria Studies. ICCMU.
O'Regan, Noel. 2012. “Historia De Dos Cuidades: Victoria Como Mediador Musical Entre Roma Y Madrid”. In Tomás Luis De Victoria Y La Cultura Musical En La España De Felipe Iii. Centro de Estudios Europa Hispanica.
O'Regan, Noel. 2012. “Music, Memory And Faith: How Did Singing In Latin And The Vernacular Influence What People Knew And Thought About Their Faith In Early Modern Rome?”. In .
O'Regan, Noel. 2012. “Orazio Griffi: Papal Singer, Composer, Impresario And Consummate Administrator In Early Seicento Rome”. In La Musique À Rome Au Xvii.e Siècle. Études Et Perspectives De Recherche. Vol. 466. École Française de Rome.
O'Regan, Noel. 2012. “Tomás Luis De Victoria's Role In The Development Of A Roman Polychoral Idiom In The 1570S And Early 1580S”. Revista De Musicología XXXV (1).
O'Regan, Noel. 2012. “Victoria’S Marian Antiphon Settings: Some Observations”. In The Treasures Of The Golden Age: Essays In Honour Of Robert M. Stevenson. Pendragon Press.
O'Regan, Noel. 2011. “The Wode Collection”. Linn Records.
Dawson, Jane, and Noel O'Regan. 2011. Singing The Reformation: Celebrating Thomas Wode And His Partbooks 1562-92. Singing The Reformation: Celebrating Thomas Wode And His Partbooks 1562-92. Wode Psalter Project Team.
O'Regan, Noel. 2011. “Music Prints By Cristóbal De Morales And Tomás Luis De Victoria In Surviving Roman Inventories And Archival Records”. In Pure Gold: Golden Age Sacred Music In The Iberian World. A Homage To Bruno Turner. Reichenberger.
O'Regan, Noel. 2011. “Music At Roman Confraternities To 1650: The Current State Of Research”. Analecta Musicologica 45.
O'Regan, Noel. 2011. “Scandal Averted”. In Proceedings Of A Conference On Early Modern Rome Held On May 13-15, 2010 In Rome. The Association of American College and University Programs in Italy.
“The Wode Collection: 16C Music By Scottish, English & Continental Composers”. 2011. Linn Records.
O'Regan, Noel. 2011. “Tomás Luis De Victoria On The Four Hundredth Anniversary Of His Death”. The Journal Of The Association Of Anglican Musicians xx.
O'Regan, Noel. 2010. “Roman Religious And Ceremonial Music In The Time Of The Earls”. In The Flight Of The Earls. Guildhall Press.
O'Regan, Noel. 2010. “The Triple-Choir Stabat Mater In The Altaemps Collectio Maior Partbooks: A Genuine Work By Giovanni Pierluigi Da Palestrina?”. In Musica Tra Storia E Filologia. Studi In Onore Di Lino Bianchi. Istituto Italiana per la Storia della Musica.
O'Regan, Noel. 2010. “Three Secular Latin Motets From Post-Tridentine Rome”. In The Secular Latin Motet In The Renaissance. Edwin Mellen Press.
O'Regan, Noel. 2009. “Church Reform And Devotional Music In Sixteenth-Century Rome: The Influence Of Lay Confraternities”. In Forms Of Faith In Sixteenth-Century Italy. Ashgate Publishing.
O'Regan, Noel. 2009. “Karl Proske’S Musica Divina And The Popularity Of Giuseppe Ottavio Pitoni’S Cantate Domino And Laudate Dominum”. In Giuseppe Ottavio Pitoni E La Musica Del Suo Tempo. Atti Del Convegno Di Studi Su Pitoni, Rieti 28-29 April 2008. Istituto Italiana per la Storia della Musica.
O'Regan, Noel. 2009. “What Can The Organ Partitura To Tomás Luis De Victoria's Missae, Magnificat, Motecta, Psalmi Et Alia Quam Plurima Of 1600 Tell Us About Performance Practice?”. Performance Practice Review 14 (1).
O'Regan, Noel. 2008. “Choirboys In Early Modern Rome”. In Young Choristers, 650-1700. Boydell and Brewer.
O'Regan, Noel. 2008. “Giovanni Maria Nanino And The Roman Confraternities Of His Time”. In Atti E Memorie Della Società Tibertina Di Storia E D’Arte. Vol. 31.