Meet the team

Eliza-Jane Cassey

is a mezzo-soprano, musicologist, and writer from Kettleby, Canada, where she grew up on a thoroughbred horse farm. She has a degree in Music History and Religion from McGill University, an Artist Diploma in Voice Performance and a Masters in Musicology from University of Toronto. Based in York, she is currently a PhD candidate in Musicology at the University of Huddersfield. Her research looks at the music of 16th- century Italian Convertite, ’reformed’ courtesans who became nuns, especially the Sienese mystic Caterina Vannini. When not digging through the library she enjoys inventing cocktails and working on being a crazier cat lady.

Caroline Lesemann-Elliott

is an award-winning conductor and composer undertaking a PhD in musicology at Royal Holloway, University of London. Caroline has a Bachelor’s in Music from Edinburgh University and Master’s in Music from Royal Holloway University of London. Her research examines the long over-looked musical cultures of English convents in exile in the 17th and early 18th centuries. She is interested in how religious vocal music is used to construct notions of authority, identity (communal and individual), nascent nationalism, and spatial authority. Based in Oxford, Caroline can be found talking to her courgette plants, telling the cat to get off the table, and singing rude broadside ballads with her partner.