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Dr McCleave has two principal areas of research. The first relates to the history of theatre dance and music in 18th-century London, with a particular emphasis on the reciprocal relations of theatre genres and also the reception of female theatre dancers. The composer G.F. Handel is a figure she explores through these interests.

She also works on the writer-musician Thomas Moore, his reception, the dissemination of his work, while developing digital resources from the Gibson-Massie Moore collection at Queen’s.

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Open to PhD applications related to: 

  • G.F. Handel
  • Thomas Moore
  • London theatre history (c.1725-1825)
  • Music in Ireland (c. 1750-1850)
  • 19th-century book trade
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  • Since 2009, Dr McCleave has produced historical operas with BMUS students; public performances happen in May.
  • She organised a ‘Thomas Moore Festival’ (spring 2013) and obtained a Marie-Sklowdowska Curie Individual
    Fellowship (2015-17) for ERIN (Europe's reception of the Irish Melodies and National Airs: Thomas Moore in
    Europe), with two currently-accessible digital outputs:-
  • The blog ‘Thomas Moore in Europe’,
  • And eight electronic exhibits and collections at
  • The full project website for ERIN (hosted should be live by the end of 2018


Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science

School Of Arts, English And Languages

The Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies

Romantic National Song Network


Research students

PhD title: Collaboration of John O’Keeffe and William Shield

Name: Ciara Conway
Years of Study: 2016 - 2020
Country: Republic of Ireland

PhD title: Edward Bunting

Name: Eilís Lavelle
Years of Study: 20115 - 2020
Country: Republic of Ireland



PhD title: O’Neill Collection

Name: Nollaig Casey McGlynn
Years of Study: 2016 - 2019
Country: United Kingdom

Alumni: where are they now?

Dr Lawrence Zazzo

PhD title: Handel’s bilingual oratorio revivals

Years of Study: 2009 - 2015
Country: USA
Current position: Head of Performance and Lecturer in Music, Newcastle University


Dr Gábor Kovács

PhD Title: ‘The European connections of social dancing in 17th-century Hungary’

Years of Study: 2000 - 2006
Country: Hungary
Current position: Faculty member in music education at the University of Szeged

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