Dr Simon Jackson

MA MPhil PhD



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Dr Simon Jackson is Director of Music at Peterhouse and a Bye-Fellow of the College. Alongside his position at Peterhouse, he is also Organist and Director of Music at the neighbouring Church of Little St Mary’s, which served as Peterhouse’s chapel until the current building was consecrated in the 1630s. Simon is a former member of the choirs of York Minster, Peterborough Cathedral and Jesus College, Cambridge, and in addition to his musical activities, he leads an active academic career. He has recently completed a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at the University of Warwick, and his research examines the relationship between poetry and music in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. His doctoral thesis, exploring the literary and musical activities of the poet-priest George Herbert, won the George Herbert Society Chauncey Wood Prize, and a recent article won the English Literary Renaissance award in 2015. His first book, George Herbert and Early Modern Musical Culture is under contract with Cambridge University Press, and is due to be published this coming year.

He is always delighted to hear from anyone interested in joining the Chapel Choir, becoming involved in Peterhouse Music Society, or participating in music-making within the college more widely: please email him.