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Durham University



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

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Lecturer in Performance in the Department of Music
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43163
Room number: 207, 48-49 North Bailey
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
  • 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.
  • (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.


  • 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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