Dr Martyn Shaw is Joint Head of Woodwind and the Woodwind Coordinator. He also teaches Flute and Baroque Flute, and coordinates Historical Performance. Alongside his work at Chetham’s, Martyn is a Senior Lecturer at Leeds College of Music and works as an Artistic & Quality Assessor for Arts Council England.
Martyn studied at Chetham’s School of Music before accepting a place at the Trevor Wye Studio, funded by a Graucob Award. He continued his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and was subsequently awarded a double entrance scholarship by the Royal Academy of Music, where he completed the Masters programme. Martyn studied with Edward Beckett, Sam Coles, Michael Cox, Kate Hill, Paul Edmund-Davies, Averil Williams and Trevor Wye, and Baroque and Classical flutes with Lisa Beznosiuk, Rachel Brown and Stephen Preston.
As a performer Martyn has freelanced with several leading ensembles including English Touring Opera, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, London Handel Orchestra, Armonico Consort, English Scholars, Ex Cathedra, Eighteenth Century Concert Orchestra and Welsh Baroque. His latest recording ‘The Nicholsonian Effect’ was released on the Omnibus Classics label in 2016, featuring works for flute and piano from nineteenth-century England performed on period instruments.
Martyn completed a PhD in performance practice at the University of Birmingham, in 2014. His doctoral research focused on aspects of ‘tone’ in early nineteenth-century English performance practice. The research uniquely assesses the interrelationship which existed between performance, pedagogy and instrumental design in the work of Charles Nicholson (1795-1837). It represents the first detailed study of the form and function of tone-colour, vibrato and the glide within the performance practice of the period He is a past recipient of the British Land Award (2003), Jean Vincent Award (Dalcroze Society UK) and winner of Barber, Barton, Cunningham, Goldsborough, Jerwood and MBF scholarships.
Martyn has presented academic papers, research seminars and lecture recitals for the Royal Musical Association, Society for Musicology in Ireland, University of Birmingham, and at the International Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music.