College Fellows and Staff

Dr Skinner

Dr David G Skinner

Fellow in Music

Osborn Director of Music

College Room: D02

College Tel: +44 1223 7 61563


Web: Department, Chapel Choir

Personal Biography

DAVID SKINNER is well known as a leading scholar and performer of early music, and director of the acclaimed vocal ensemble Alamire ( He  has also worked with the main early music groups in the UK, including The Cardinall’s Musick (as co-founder), The Tallis Scholars, The Sixteen, The Hilliard Ensemble and The King’s Singers. David is Fellow, Tutor and Osborn Director of Music at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University, where he teaches historical and practical topics from the Medieval and Renaissance periods. An engaging presenter, he has worked extensively for BBC radio, appearing in and writing a variety of shows on Radio 3 and 4. He also acted as music advisor for the Music and Monarchy series on BBC 2 with historian David Starkey. He has published widely on music and musicians of early Tudor England, and recently published The Tallis Psalter and The Gibbons Hymnal for Novello. He is currently working on a volume of Tallis’s early Latin works for publication in 2016.



Selected Publications


The Arundel Choirbook (Duke of Norfolk: Roxburghe Club, 2003).


Nicholas Ludford I: Mass Inclina cor meum and Antiphons, Early English Church Music, 44 (London: Stainer & Bell, 2003).


Nicholas Ludford II: Six-part Masses and Magnificat, Early English Church Music, 46 (London: Stainer & Bell, 2005).



'The Marian Anthem in Late Medieval England', in The Church and Mary, Studies in Church History, 39 (Boydell & Brewer, 2004), 168-80.


'A new Elizabethan keyboard source in the archives of Arundel Castle', BRIO, 39 (Spring/Summer, 2002), 18-25.


'Music and the Reformation at Magdalen', Magdalen College Record (2002), 79-83.


'Discovering the provenance and history of the Caius and Lambeth choirbooks', Early Music, 25 (1997), 245-66.


'William Cornysh: Clerk or Courtier?', The Musical Times (May, 1997), 5-17.


'At the mynde of Nycholas Ludford: new light on Ludford from the churchwardens' accounts of St Margaret's, Westminster', Early Music, 22 (1994), 393-413.


Articles for the Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and the New Dictionary of National Biography.



William Byrd

Ego sum panis vivus, Tudor Church Music (Oxford, 1996)

O magnum mysterium, Tudor Church Music (Oxford, 1996).

Prevent us, O Lord, Tudor Church Music (Oxford, 1994)


John Taverner

Le Roy Kyrie, Tudor Church Music (Oxford, 1994)

Christe Jesu, pastor bone, Tudor Church Music (Oxford, 1994)


Various editions from commercial recordings are also available at



R. Sherr (ed.), The Josquin Companion (Oxford, 2000), in Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 54 (2004), 780-82.


R. Bowers, English church polyphony. Singers and sources from the 14th to the 17th century (Ashgate, 1999); J. Harley, William Byrd: Gentleman of the Chapel Royal (Scolar Press, 1997), in Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 51 (2000), 798-99.


'The Byrd Edition: Gradualia II', Early Music, 26 (1998), 151-52.


'Music from the Peterhouse Partbooks', Early Music, 23 (1995), 509-10.



Ludwig Senfl: Missa Paschalis, Motetten & Lieder. Choir of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, with QuintEssential and Andrew Lawrence-King. Obsidian Records (2008).


Thomas Tomkins: These Distracted Times, Alamire & Fretwork with the Choir of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. Obsidian Records (2007).


Josquin Desprez: Missa D'ung aultre amer, Motets & Chansons, Alamire with Andrew Lawrence-King (harp). Obsidian Records (2007).


Philippe Verdelot: Madrigals for a Tudor King, Alamire with Lynda Sayce (lute). Obsidian Records (2007).


Music from the Court of Henry VIII, Alamire with Lynda Sayce (lute) and Martin Souter (clavichord). Classical Communications (2006).


A Gift for a King: a Florentine offering to Henry VIII, Magdala. Classical Communications (2006).


Music for Princes and Ambassadors, Magdala. Classical Communications (2005).


Robert Fayrfax: Christmas Meditations, Magdala. Classical Communications (2004).


Treasury of Saints, Magdala. Classical Communications (2003).


Glory of Gothic (for V&A Enterprises), Magdala. Classical Communications (2002).


Recordings by The Cardinall's Musick, directed by Andrew Carwood, with whom I worked as co-artistic director, editor, and producer, include The Byrd Edition (9 CDs of a projected 14); the collected works of Nicholas Ludford, Robert Fayrfax, William Cornysh, and John Merbecke.

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John Sheppard III: Hymns, Psalm Motets, and Antiphonal Works, Early English Church Music, 48 (London: Stainer & Bell).


'An obit for a Tudor bishop: John Longland and the final years of Fotheringhay College' (forthcoming in the Journal of Ecclesiastical History).


'Ludford's Lady Masses, XX Songes and a Westminster Inventory of 1542'


'At the eleuacion of our lorde: a newly identified motet by Robert Fayrfax'


With Magnus Williamson, Music and the Reformation in England, c.1520-1560.