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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)


The list below shows Durham University research staff who are members of IMEMS. Click the member's name to see a more detailed biography and department.

We also welcome anyone from outside the University with an interest in our work to join. Membership is free of charge. You will receive invitations to our programme of events, with a weekly emails digest about what is happening in the Insitute and further afield. To join IMEMS contact:

Dr Hector Sequera, BA Music Performance and MA Musicology (U. of North Texas), PhD Performance Practice (U. of Birmingham)

Departmental Rep (Music) in the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies

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Hector is active as a performer of early chordophones of the lute family and as a musicologist. He has performed music ranging from the thirteenth-century Cantigas de Santa Maria to the Operas and Oratorios from the late baroque era. His research is focused on sixteenth-century performance practice issues as they relate to wider social and historical events. His most current work deals with music in English domestic circles, especially the Catholic families and their connections to the continent, and other research includes work on the Italian Frottola and the oral tradition that predated it. More broadly, Hector is interested in source studies, aspects of Renaissance music theory and analysis, and cross-fertilisation of musical practices within Europe. Hector alternates his research work with performances throughout Europe and the Americas.

Research Interests

  • Renaissance performance practice
  • Lute Sources
  • Printed and manuscript sources in context
  • Vocal music c. 1440-1700
  • Early Opera

Selected Publications

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Conference Paper

  • Hector Sequera & Reinier de Valk (2019), Machine-Learning Assisted Polyphonic Reconstruction, IMS (Tablature Study Group). Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - Universite de Tours.
  • Hector Sequera (2018), Reconstructing the Music of William Byrd: A Practical and Computer-Based Appraisal, Medieval and Renaissance Music Conference (MedRen). Maynooth University (Ireland).
  • Hector Sequera (2018), Reconstructing the music of William Byrd: Practical and Computer-Based Evaluation, IMS (Tablature Study Group). Basel, Switzerland.
  • (2014), Lecture Recital: ‘From Pietrobono to Bossinensis: Reassessing Frottola Performance Practice Through F-Pn Rés. Vmd. MS 27', MedRen Conference. Birmingham.
  • (2012), In the Privacy of Thy Chamber: Aspects of Musical Literacy in the English Renaissance, MedRen Conference. Nottingham.
  • (2012), Las Vihuelas o Laúdes en la Colección de Música del Gentilhombre Ingles “Eduardo Paston” Contexto y Consideraciones Practicas, Festival de Musica Antigua de Guijon. Gijon.
  • (2011), Alternatives to the ‘English a cappella heresy’ Performance Practice of Sacred Spanish Polyphony in Recusant Households Based on Elizabethan and Early Jacobean Sources, MedRen Conference. Barcelona.
  • (2011), Practice and Dissemination of Music in the Recusant Network as Suggested by the Music Collection of Edward Paston (1550-1630), Musical, Cultural and Religious Networks Conference. Aberdeen, Scotland.

Journal Article


  • Hector Sequera & et. al. (2019). Dragons! Tales and Music from the North East (REED-NE). A Performance with North East Folk Artists The Brothers Gillespie. Priors Hall, Durham Cathedral. Performed June 2019.
  • Hector Sequera & et al. (2018). Souls of the North (REED-NE). A Revival of North East Customs that Celebrate, Challenge, or Commemorate Death. Durham University Music Department.
  • Hector Sequera & et al. (2017). Lost Voices of the North East. A Lecture Recital Including Actors, Music, and Recitations (REED-NE). Music Department, Durham University. Performed November 2017.
  • Hector Sequera, Giles Gaspers & et al. (2017). Medieval and Early Modern Food and Music as Part of the Being Human Festival. Blackfriars Restaurant - Newcastle. Performed November 2017.
  • (2014). Music director for AHRC project for the reconstruction of a Masque organised for Alessandro de Medici. Castle House, Sheffield.
  • (2014). With the European Lute Orchestra at the Palazzo Archiginnasio. Bologna.
  • (2013). Organised and performed concert at the John Dowland 450th Anniversary Conference with The Rose Consort of Viols, Emma Kirkby, Paul O’Dette, Nigel North, Elizabeth Kenny, and Cambridge University Singers. Cambridge.
  • (2012). 'La Fleur des Chanson’. Concert with Jacob Heringman and members of the Dufay Collective, Fretwork, Phantasm, and the Brabant Ensemble as part of the Electronic Corpus of Lute Music (ECOLM) Project and the British Library. London.
  • (2012). Concert including repertoire from a panel on music in Catholic circles during Elizabethan and Jacobean times. Directing Ensemble Cantastorie. Nottingham.
  • Sequera, H (2012). Music in English Domestic Circles. Nottingham, England. Performed July 2012.


  • Hector Sequera (2019), A Historical, Practical and Computer-Based Approach to Reconstructing Vocal and Instrumental Polyphony from Lute Tablature, Seminar Series Seminar Series. Royal Holloway University of London.
  • Sequera, Hector (2016), “Canto Bello” Performance Practice of 15th and 16th Century Italian Secular Music, Seminar Lecture Series. Sheffield University - Music Department.
  • (2013), Chaired session, Sources of Identity: Makers, Owners and Users of Music Sources Before 1600. Sheffield, Sheffield University.
  • (2013), Conference organisation, John Dowland 450th Anniversary Conference. Cambridge, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.
  • (2011), Organised study day, Domestic Music in Recusant Circles in Elizabethan and Jacobean Times. Cambridge, Cambridge.

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