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Dr. Andrew Johnstone
Assistant Professor Part-Time, Music


Andrew Johnstone joined the staff of TCD music department in 1992. His research interests include church music of the English Reformation period, polyphonic composition techniques and performing pitch. He is a member of the editorial committee of Early English Church Music, and manages the committee's online database of primary sources ( His major study of the vernacular church music of William Byrd is shortly to be published by Boydell and Brewer. He has served as assistant organist of Dublin's two Anglican cathedrals, and since 2005 has been a regular contributor to the classical music review columns of The Irish Times. In 2010 he became the first person to publish a counterpoint and fugue textbook for the iPhone (Puncta, available from the iTunes app store).

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

William Byrd: Eight Fragmentary Songs, Andrew Johnstone, (Fretwork Editions), London:, Fretwork Publishing, 2020, - xvii + 39 pp. Critical Edition (Book), 2020 URL

Andrew Johnstone, Thomas Tallis and the Five-Part Litany of 1544: Evidence of "The Notes Used in the King's Majesty's Chapel", Early Music, 44, (2), 2016, p219 - 232 Journal Article, 2016 DOI URL

Andrew Johnstone, Harmonic fuga in Byrd's Great Service, International Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Music, University of Utrecht, 1-4 July 2009, 2009 Conference Paper, 2009

Andrew Johnstone, Heaven, Earth and the Ineffable: Text and Music in William Byrd's Great Service, Third Interdisciplinary Conference of the Society for Renaissance Studies, Trinity College Dublin, 10-12 July 2008, 2008 Conference Paper, 2008

Andrew Johnstone, New Findings on the Chronology of Byrd's Great Service and Late Full Anthems, International Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Music, University of Bangor, 24-27 July 2008, 2008 Conference Paper, 2008

Andrew Johnstone, Tallis's Service "Of Five Parts Two In One" Re-Evaluated, Canons and Canonic Techniques, 14th-16th Centuries, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, 5-7 October 2005, edited by Katelijne Schiltz and Bonnie J. Blackburn , Peeters Publishers, 2007, pp375 - 399 Proceedings of a Conference, 2007

Andrew Johnstone, "High" Clefs in Composition and Performance, Early Music, 34, (1), 2006, p29 - 54 Journal Article, 2006 URL DOI

Andrew Johnstone, Rethinking the Gibbons Short Service, CAO Annual Conference, Manchester Cathedral, 16 November 2005, 2005, Cathedral Organists' Association Invited Talk, 2005

Andrew Johnstone, "As it Was in the Beginning": Organ and Choir Pitch in Early Anglican Church Music, Early Music, 31, (4), 2003, p506 - 525 Journal Article, 2003 DOI URL

Andrew Johnstone, Techniques of Composition in the British and Irish University Curriculum, Techniques of Composition in the British and Irish University Curriculum, 12, 1995, p247 - 272 Journal Article, 1995

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Andrew Johnstone, The Performing Pitch of William Byrd's Latin Liturgical Polyphony: A Guide for Historically Minded Interpreters, REA: Religion, Education and the Arts, 10, 2016, p79 - 107 Journal Article, 2016 URL

Andrew Johnstone, Songs by Byrd in the British Library, RECON I, University of Oxford, 6-8 March, 2015, The Tudor Partbooks Project Invited Talk, 2015 URL

Brian McIvor, 'Musica arcana: The Secret Life of Allegri's Miserere', RTÉ Lyric FM, 2014, - Broadcast, 2014 URL URL

Ralph Daniel, Peter le Huray, May Hofman, John Morehen, EECM Primary Source Database, The British Academy, 2014 Dataset, 2014 URL

Andrew Johnstone, Interrogating the Organ-Books: A Preliminary Search for Rules, Exceptions and Changing Fashions in Pre-Restoration Choral Accompaniment, EECM Post-Reformation Research Symposium, The British Academy, 5 March, 2013, The Editorial Committee of Early English Church Music Invited Talk, 2013

Andrew Johnstone, A Prayer Politicised: The Sub-Text of William Byrd's Anthem 'O Lord, make thy servant', International Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Music, University of Nottingham, July 2012, 2012 Conference Paper, 2012

Andrew Johnstone, The post-Reformation use of the organ: Adaptation for accompaniment, A Medieval Organ in Wales: Inaugural Workshop, St Fagans National History Museum, Cardiff, 8 April, 2011, The Experience of Worship Invited Talk, 2011 URL

Andrew Johnstone, Puncta, 2010, - Miscellaneous, 2010 URL

Andrew Johnstone, How Irish is the Music of the Church of Ireland?, Church of Ireland Historical Society Biannual Conference, Armagh Public Library, 2010 Invited Talk, 2010

Andrew Johnstone, Handle with Care: The Institute of Historic Organs Oaxaca, Choir & Organ, 17, (4), 2009, p37 - 39 Journal Article, 2009

Andrew Johnstone, The Quire Pitch Grid, The Organ in England to the Death of Elizabeth I, New College Oxford, 12-15 April 2007, 2007 Conference Paper, 2007

Andrew Johnstone, William Byrd, Verse Service, 2007, - Musical Score, 2007

Andrew Johnstone, Byrd, Gibbons and Murphy's Law, Church Music Quarterly, (June 2007), 2007, p37 - 38 Journal Article, 2007

Andrew Johnstone, "Key" issues in Byrd's English Sacred Music, William Byrd Symposium, King's College London, 23-24 July 2007, 2007 Conference Paper, 2007

Andrew Johnstone, Orlando Gibbons, Magnificat and Nunc dimittis from the Short Service, 2005, - Musical Score, 2005

Gerard Gillen and Andrew Johnstone (eds), A Historical Anthology of Irish Church Music, Dublin, Four Courts Press, 2001, 1 - 335pp Book, 2001

Research Expertise


English church music of the Reformation period; Music manuscripts; Renaissance polyphonic modes; Theory and pedagogy of composition techniques



Member of the editorial committee of Early English Church Music (published by The British Academy) 2011-

Member of the advisory board of Tudor Partbooks (project funded by AHRC) 2014-18

Awards and Honours

Worcester College Society Arts Prize 1988

Limpus Prize 1987

Silver Medal of The Worshipful Company of Musicians 1987