Dr. Matthew Cheung Salisbury

Université d'Oxford


Curriculum vitae

Dr Salisbury was a choral scholar and subsequently lecturer at Worcester College, Oxford, where he completed a doctoral thesis on the manuscript sources of the liturgical Office in medieval England. His current work broadly embraces the sacred music of the late Middle Ages in England, focusing particularly on the texts and chants of the Mass and Divine Office. Dr Salisbury has published on other musicological and liturgical topics as well as issues in the study of late medieval manuscripts and printed books. As a contributor to DIAMM, he maintains an interest in the digital presentation of manuscripts as well as the use of computers to facilitate large-scale study. As one of the leaders of the Fragments Project, a multi-year arts and culture outreach programme in Scotland, Dr Salisbury’s research has been employed on a wider scale to bring medieval music, and present-day artistic expressions responding to it including new commissions, to audiences in Scotland, and elsewhere via the BBC.

Wichtigste Publikationen:
  • The Secular Liturgical Office in Late Medieval England, Turnhout 2015;
  • Hear My Voice, O God: functional dimensions of Christian worship, Collegeville, Minnesota 2014;
  • with Andrew Hughes and Heather Robbins, Cataloguing Discrepancies: the printed York Breviary of 1493, Toronto 2011;
  • The Use of York: characteristics of the medieval liturgical Office in York, York 2008;
  • with Clare Smout and Elisabeth Dutton, Staging the N-Town Plays: Theatre and Liturgy, in: Research Opportunities in Medieval and Renaissance Drama 49 (2010), pp. 80–109;
  • with Andrew Hughes, The ideal copy: fallacies in the cataloguing of liturgical books, in: Notes and Queries 56 (2009), pp. 490–496;
  • An alternative Office for St Thomas Becket and its implications, in: Anaphora 2/1 (June 2008), pp. 57–68;
  • A ‘trivial’ variant: filled thirds in the Office for St Thomas Becket, in: Plainsong and Medieval Music 16/1 (2007), pp. 1–16.


Forschungsschwerpunkte: Analysis and editing of medieval liturgy and plainchant; the historiography of related topics in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; descriptive bibliography; digital humanities.