Dr. Férdia J. Stone-Davis

Férdia J. Stone-Davis received a B.A, MPhil, and PhD from the University of Cambridge before proceeding to Trinity College of Music, London. Here, she gained a Masters in Music Performance, specialising in early music performance. Since graduating, she has combined research, performance and teaching.

She is an inter-disciplinary academic working in the fields of music, philosophy and theology and has delivered and performed her research at a number of international conferences. Her recent book is entitled Musical Beauty: Negotiating the Boundary between Subject and Object (Cascade, Wipf and Stock, 2011).

She is currently editing a collection of essays entitled Music and Transcendence: this is based upon papers delivered at an international conference held in Cambridge in 2011. She is currently developing a project entitled English Jacobite song and the emblematic nature of its tunes. This research will focus on English Jacobitism: it will consider the relationship between tunes and lyrics, on the one hand, and instrumental tunes dedicated to major Jacobite figures, on the other.
It will ascertain whether particular tunes were associated with Jacobitism and examine whether the tunes became emblems of the cause.
This research will result in the publication of a monograph, as well as a music edition of the tunes.

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Musical Beauty: Negotiating the Boundary between Subject and Object. Cascade, Wipf and Stock, 2011.

Edited Books

(with Prof. Dr. Morag Grant) The Soundtrack of Conflict: The Role of Music in Radio Broadcasting in Wartime and in Conflict Situations, Göttingen Studies in Musicology, Georg Olms Verlag, in press.

Music and Transcendence. Aldershot: Ashgate, forthcoming.

Articles and Chapters

‘Introduction’ (with Prof. Dr. Morag Grant), in The Soundtrack of Conflict: The Role of Music in Radio Broadcasting in Wartime and in Conflict Situations, Prof. Dr. Morag Grant and Dr. Férdia J. Stone-Davis (eds.), Göttingen Studies in Musicology, Georg Olms Verlag, in press.

‘Musical Meaning and World-Making: Haydn’s String Quartet in E flat major (op. 33 no. 2)’, in Music and Transcendence, ed. Dr. Férdia J. Stone-Davis. Aldershot: Ashgate, forthcoming.

‘Music and Liminality: becoming sensitized’, in Embracing Restlessness: Cultural Musicology, ed. Prof Birgit Abels. Georg Olms Verlag, forthcoming.

'The Genteel Companion by Humphrey Salter: Gracing as Method', 2008. The Consort 64.


'The Division Flute', Emma Murphy, Signum Classics, 2008. The Consort 65.

'Garden of Early Delights', Pamela Thorby, Linn Records, 2008. The Consort 65.

'Sonata for Flute and Basso Continuo in C major BWV 1033', Johann Sebastian(?) Bach(?), ed. Barthold Kuijken (Breitkopf & Härtel, 2008). The Consort 65.

'The Sense of Creation: Experience and the God Beyond', Patrick Masterson (Ashgate, 2008). Theological Book Review 21/1.

'Melting the Venusberg: A Feminist Theology of Music', Heidi Epstein (Continuum, 2005). Theology.

'Concerti Grossi op. 3 nos. 2 and 9' by Francesco Barsanti, ed. David Johnson (David Johnson Music Editions, 2006). The Consort 65.

Conferences (selection)

Panel on ‘Music, Transcendence and World-Making’ (with Roger Scruton, Oane Reitsma and Jonas Lundblad) at the third annual conference of the Music and Philosophy Study Group with the Royal Music Association, July 2013.

‘Temporality and the ‘porous’ self: Max Richter’s Vivaldi Recomposed (2012)’. The Soul Conference, St. Anne’s College, University of Oxford, June 2013.

‘Re-enchantment and world-making’. Sonorites Festival of Contemporary Music. Symposium: Beyond Soundscape, April 2013.

‘Articulating Allegiance: The Case of Sir Watkin’s Jig. Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis Annual International Workshop 2013 – Dislocating Agency and Moving Objects: Association, Demarcation and Transformation, April 2013.

‘Can music go where words cannot? The shape of musical discourse. Zentrum für Theorie und Methodik der Kulturwissenschaften, University of Göttingen, February 2013.

‘Music and Beauty: Continuity and Change.’ Paper presentation at The International Society for Religion, Literature and Culture, The Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, October 2012.

'Music, the Untellable and the Ineffable', PechaKucha presentation, Royal Musical Association Music and Philosophy Study Group Second Annual Conference, in collaboration with the Music and Philosophy Study Group of the American Musicological Society, July 2012.