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Katy Hamilton


Katy Hamilton is a freelance researcher, writer and presenter on music. She is a specialist in nineteenth-century Austro-German repertoire, in particular the music of Johannes Brahms and his contemporaries, exploring chamber and vocal music and its connection to amateur music-making. She has also been involved in a wide range of other research projects and publications covering subjects as diverse as the history of the Edinburgh Festival, the role of émigré musicians in post-1945 British musical life, and variety shows at the Wigmore Hall in the early twentieth century. She has provided concert introductions and programme notes for the Wigmore Hall, Salzburg Festival, Victoria & Albert Museum, National Gallery, BBC Proms and Edinburgh International Festival, and writes regularly for Naxos records.

Katy worked as Graham Johnson’s research assistant for his monumental Franz Schubert: The Songs and their Poets (Yale University Press, 2014) and is co-editor of Brahms in the Home and the Concert Hall (Cambridge University Press, 2014). She has written chapters for the Cambridge Companion to the Singer-Songwriter and several forthcoming volumes on the history of the German Lied and the life and works of Johannes Brahms. She is also a regular writer for the ‘Repertoire Explorer’ score series, published by Jürgen Höflich, which seeks to make lesser-known works of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries available to a wider public. She has a particular passion for finding ways to explore new and familiar repertoire with concert audiences, whether in written form or through talks and broadcasting.

In addition to her research and presentation work, Katy has taught at the Royal College of Music, City Lit, the University of Nottingham and Middlesex University, working with students in performance workshops and music history classes. She has made several appearances on BBC Radio 3, as a Brahms specialist and as part of the Record Review team. She is also Public Events Programmer at the Foundling Museum in central London.

Last updated: Aug 2017