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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

Staff and Governance

To contact the IMEMS administrative office please use the following details:


T: 0191 334 2974

Core Staff

The day-to-day running of IMEMS is the responsibility of the Core Executive Committee, comprising the Director and Associate Directors and the Administrator. 

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

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Departmental Rep (Music) in the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Lecturer in Performance in the Department of Music
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43163
Room number: 207, 48-49 North Bailey

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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
  • Printed and manuscript sources in context
  • Vocal music c. 1440-1700

Selected Publications

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Conference Paper

  • (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.

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  • (2014). Music director for AHRC project for the reconstruction of a Masque organised for Alessandro de Medici. Castle House, Sheffield. Performed November 1999 until November 1999.
  • (2014). With the European Lute Orchestra at the Palazzo Archiginnasio. Bologna. Performed November 1999 until November 1999.
  • (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. Performed November 1999 until November 1999.
  • (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. Performed November 1999 until November 1999.
  • (2012). Concert including repertoire from a panel on music in Catholic circles during Elizabethan and Jacobean times. Directing Ensemble Cantastorie. Nottingham. Performed November 1999 until November 1999.
  • Sequera, H (2012). Music in English Domestic Circles. Nottingham, England. Performed July 2012.


  • 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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Full Executive Committee

Our Full Executive Committee is made up of the Core Executive Committee, listed above, plus a number of executive members including:

International Advisory Board

We are extremely fortunate to have be able to call on the help and guidance of colleagues from around the world who help to shape and guide our direction, strategy and international reach. Our current Advisory Board members are: