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Dr. Eleanor Giraud

PhD, MPhil, BMus


I joined the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, in August 2016 as the Course Director for the MA in Ritual Chant and Song. Click here to watch a short video of me talking about my research activities here. For more information about the MA Ritual Chant and Song, check out this video, this webpage, or feel free to get in touch with me directly (Eleanor.Giraud -at-

Alongside teaching on the MA, I am continuing my research into the chant books of the Dominican Order. I began this project, studying the nature of the chant and liturgy of early Dominican Order, at Lincoln College Oxford, where I held the Lord Crewe Junior Research Fellow in Music from Sept 2014-Aug 2016. I have set up a mailing list for the field of medieval Dominican studies, which anyone with related interests is welcome to join:

In 2014, I was a post-doctoral fellow at the Warburg Institute, working as a research assistant on the Production and Reading of Music Sources AHRC project, the results of which can now be seen in the project database:

I gained my Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, graduating in February 2014. The focus of my thesis was to understand the role of the music notator within the process of producing manuscripts: who would have been notating music, how notators worked together (if at all), and what relation they had with other trades involved in book production, e.g. text scribes. I focussed particularly on manuscripts made for the Dominican convent in Paris in the thirteenth century.

In 2009-2010 I studied for an M.Phil. in Musicology at the University of Cambridge, which I gained with distinction. My dissertation examined the polyphonic music contained within the Codex Calixtinus, a twelfth-century manuscript dedicated to the cult of St James in Santiago de Compostela. I compared the twenty-three polyphonic pieces, looking for recurring and interchangeable patterns of improvisation.

I completed my B.Mus. at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 2009. As part of the degree, I spent a year in Rennes, France, where I studied music at the Université de Haute Bretagne and the regional conservatoire. In my final year I was supervised by Dr. Magnus Williamson and it was with him that I gained an appetite for working with manuscripts. I graduated with upper first class honours and the David Barlow Memorial Prize.

Research Interests

Since undergraduate level, I have been fascinated by the study of chant and its manuscripts. My PhD dissertation examined the Production and Notation of Dominican Manuscripts in Thirteenth-Century Paris, asking who was involved with production of Dominican chant books, how was the notation copied, and how was the work of text and music scribes organised? My research revealed that, in the authoritative manuscripts of the Dominican liturgy, a sizeable group of professional notators were involved in their copying, and that the notation was copied separately from the text.
Building on my doctoral project, my current research examines Dominican chant and liturgy, seeking to discover the choices made during the Dominican liturgical reform in the mid-thirteenth century, and to understand how Dominican chant relates to other families of Gregorian chant. I plan to publish a monograph, Dominican Chant and its Books, incorporating both my doctoral work on the material nature of Dominican chant books and my postdoctoral research into their musico-liturgical contents.

Professional Activities


  • 2016 BA Performing Arts (Voice pathway) Design team, Advised on programme structure of voice pathway.
  • 2016 MA Choral Practice, Advisory group, Wrote 4 module descriptions, advised on shape of programme.
  • 2016 MA Ritual Chant and Song Board,


  • 2016 Council Member, Henry Bradshaw Society
  • 2016 Executive Trustee, Plainsong and Medieval Music Society
  • 2015 Scientific Committee, Archivum Fratrum Praedicatorum


  • 2014 Warburg Institute, University of London - Postdoctoral fellow
  • 2014 Lincoln College, Oxford - Lord Crewe Junior Research Fellow in Music
  • 2014 Royal Holloway, University of London - Visiting Lecturer


  • 2013 University of Cambridge - PhD
  • 2010 University of Cambridge - M.Phil.
  • 2009 University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne - BMus


  • Sutton Trust Summer School, Music Faculty, Cambridge. (2011-2017)
    s part of a music summer school encouraging 6th-form students from state schools to apply to the University of Cambridge, I delivered seminars on library/research skills (2011-2014), medieval notation (2014, 2016-2017) and tonal skills (2013).
  • Public lecture: 'Reading between the lines: neglected notation in a medieval manuscript', Highlight Lecture, Limerick Hunt Museum, 4th September 2017. 
    An invited public lecture, related to article in press on notation in manuscripts of mass lections.
  • Blog post for the Music Faculty Library on my microfilm cataloguing project, August 2013:
  • UNIQ Summer School, Music Faculty, Oxford, July 2016.
    I co-organised a week-long university-taster programme in music for school pupils from low to middling socio-economic backgrounds.  I selected students for admission to the programme, co-ordinated lecturers for the week, and gave tutorials to individual students.
  • Invited lecture on ‘Charlemagne and Gregorian Chant’ to the Associates of the Schola Gregoriana, November 2013.
  • Video Podcast ‘Manuscript making and music notating’, discussing my doctoral research.  Part of PhDcast series 2, CRASSH, University of Cambridge:
  • Invited lecture on ‘The Earliest Surviving Music: “Gregorian” Chant’ to Army and Naval Officers as part of the Quarterdeck Series, Defence Academy, Shrivenham, October 2014
  • Postgraduate/Public Workshop on Dominican manuscripts as part of Plainsong and Medieval Music Study Day: Getting to Grips with Liturgical Sources, John Rylands Library Manchester, November 2015
  • Public lecture and chant workshop: at Dumfries Museum on the Sweetheart Breviary, a recently rediscovered chant book originally from Dumfriesshire (24th and 26th August 2017).  Dr Giraud was interviewed for ITV's 'Border Life' programme, which was broadcast in September 2017.


  • Latin
  • French


Book Chapter


Totum officium bene correctum habeatur in domo: Uniformity in the Dominican Liturgy
Giraud, Eleanor J
Making and Breaking the Rules: Discussion, Implementation, and Consequences of Dominican Legislation


The Dominican Scriptorium at Saint-Jacques, and its Production of Liturgical Exemplars
Eleanor J Giraud
Scriptorium: Wesen, Funktion, Eigenheiten

Other Publication


The Lyric Feature - Chorus Noster Recolat
Eleanor Giraud (interviewee)

Peer Reviewed Journal


Published Report


MedRen 2010
Eleanor Rutherford [Giraud] and Louise McInnes