Dr Sarah McCleave
Tel.: +44 28 9097 5207
Office: Music Building
Address: School of Creative Arts, Music Building,
Queen’s University Belfast,
Director of postgraduate studies (1999-2005)
Occasional convenor of MA in Music (from 2006)
Writing about Music; Writing about the Creative Arts; Opera in England; dissertation and special project; baroque music history (BMus); eighteenth-century studies (MA).
The “Opera in England” module has involved students in live productions, including Bononcini’s Camilla (2007), Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (2009), as well as Handel’s Terpsichore (2008) and Alcina (2010). For further see ‘Teaching the Eighteenth Century: Historical Study through Performance,’ Digital Defoe 1 (2009).
Achievements and Distinctions
Canadian Sarah McCleave studied at Dalhousie University and the University of Victoria. Her PhD at King's College, London was funded by the AUCC. A postdoctoral position at Cardiff, University of Wales produced descriptive catalogues of the Mackworth and Aylward collections of music (she is now on the Steering Committee for the JISC Music project at Cardiff). She joined Queen's in September 1998.
From 1993 to 1997 McCleave organized the annual “Music in Eighteenth-Century Britain” Study Days (London), and has also organized conferences for Cardiff University, the Society for Musicology in Ireland, and the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies at Queen's (as a founding member). She is a founding member of Irish RISM and was a Council member for the Society of Musicology in Ireland (2003-2006). In 2010 she was appointed a co-editor of Theatre Notebook. She is twice the recipient of the Society for Theatre Research’s “Anthony Denning” award (1992, 2012). She has acted as a peer reviewer for Music and Letters, the AHRC, SSHRCC, and also the IRCHSS.
London theatre and its personnel, during the long eighteenth century
G.F. Handel (1685-1759)
Marie Sallé (1709-1756)
Thomas Moore (1779-1852)
Areas of supervision include the above, also baroque dance topics.
A regular reviewer for Eighteenth-Century Music and ECCB, McCleave is also a New Grove contributor, and has published in Dance Research, Music and Letters, The Consort, the Göttinger Handel-Beiträge, and the Cambridge Handel Encyclopedia. She continues to develop her interests in theatrical dance of the long eighteenth century through published work which calls on disciplines as varied as source studies, reception history, textual criticism, musical analysis, and gender studies. In 2012, she completed the twice-AHRB funded monograph, Handel’s London Operas with Dance.
The account book of dancing-master Robert Francis Smith
The “naming” of choreographers in eighteenth-century British sources
Identifying literary and theatrical influences on Handel and Rolli’s Deidamia
The genesis of Moore’s Irish Melodies, for The 19th-century Songster
Dance in Handel’s London Operas (University of Rochester Press, 2013)
‘Marie Sallé, a Wise Professional Woman of Influence,’ in Women’s Work: Women in Early Dance, ed. Lynn Matluck Brooks (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2007): 160-82.
‘Marie Sallé and the Development of the ballet en action’,’ Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland 3 (2007): 1-23.
‘Marie Sallé, Handel, Rameau, and the Development of Narrative Dance Music,’ in Die Beziehung von Musik und Choregraphie im Ballett, ed. Jörg Rothkamm and Michael Malkiewicz (Berlin: Vormerk, 2007): 107-21.
‘Sources for understanding Sallé’s Pigmalion,’ Choreologica: The Journal of the European Association of Dance Historians 4 (2008/9): 5-24.
‘John Rich as Opera Patron,’ in John Rich and the Eighteenth-Century London Stage. www.johnrich.org.uk/conference-2008/electronic-proceedings/ : n.pag.
‘Danzatori italiani a Londra nel Settecento,’ La Danza italiana 3 (2011): 63-136.
SSHRCC Postdoctoral award, 1993-95
AHRB Research Grant in Performing and Creative Arts, 2001
AHRB Research Leave Scheme, 2005
Kate Guelke, 21st-century opera productions in the UK and Ireland (current)
Rachel McQueen, Biographical study of Charles Jennens (current)
Madeleine Inglehearn, Dance in the north-east of England during the eighteenth century (current)
Lawrence Zazzo, Handel’s bilingual oratorios (current)
Liam Gorry, Handel’s accompanied recitative (2012)
Geoff Higgins, Theatrical biography of John Beard (2012)
Gábor Kovács, Social Dance in 17th-century Hungary (2007)
Anne Dempsey, Catalogue of the Music in Armagh Cathedral (MA, 2003)