Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Music

Professor Richard Rastall

Professor Emeritus

1.06, School of Music

MA MusB (Cambridge), PhD (Manchester), FSA

Richard Rastall read music at Christ’s College Cambridge, followed by the MusB in Composition and Musicology; then he took a doctorate at Manchester University. He came to Leeds in 1967 as an Assistant Lecturer, and retired in 2006 as Professor of Historical Musicology.

Biography

Richard Rastall read music at Christ’s College Cambridge, followed by the MusB in Composition and Musicology; then he took a doctorate at Manchester University. He came to Leeds in 1967 as an Assistant Lecturer, and retired in 2006 as Professor of Historical Musicology. Among his senior administrative posts, he has been Dean of Learning and Teaching for the faculties of Arts and of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications.

Formerly a conductor of the LUUMS Chorus and Chamber Choir, and of the Leeds Guild of Singers, he now plays tenor viol in the Manton Consort, which he founded in 1992; and as a member of the performance group Trio Literati he performs regularly as actor and pianist. He is also the founding Chairman of the Leeds Baroque Choir and Orchestra.

Professor Rastall is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, the oldest of the learned societies.

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