Dr Estelle Murphy


Lecturer / Assistant Professor

Logic House
(01) 708 3754


Estelle Murphy is a musicologist with two areas of specialism: English and Irish music of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, and contemporary popular music (specifically heavy metal).
Estelle completed her undergraduate degree at University College Cork, where she developed a love of Baroque music. Following this, she undertook a PhD at UCC. Her PhD thesis, 'The Fashioning of a Nation: The Court Ode in the Late Stuart Period' was supervised by Dr Paul Everett and focused on music and politics at the London court during the reigns of the late Stuart monarchs. Having been awarded her PhD in 2012, Estelle continued to lecture at UCC, where she had held various adjunct positions during her time as a postgraduate. In 2014 she was appointed lecturer in music at Maynooth University.

Research Interests

Late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century music in Britain and Ireland; source studies, manuscripts and manuscript culture; the development of the music book as a material item; gender studies and women in music; contemporary popular music; Heavy Metal music.


Year Publication
2025 Estelle Murphy (2025) 'To Speak its Share of Public Joy': The Musical Ode from 1660 to 1779. Suffolk: Boydell & Brewer.
2021 Estelle Murphy (2021) John Eccles, Incidental Music Part 2, Plays H-P, The Works of John Eccles. Wisconsin: A-R Editions, Inc. [Link]

Book Chapter

Year Publication
2021 Estelle Murpy (2021) 'Ceremonial Song in Eighteenth-Century Dublin: Cousser’s and Dubourg’s Odes and Serenatas' In: The Oxford Handbook of Irish Song, 1100-1850. New York : Oxford University Press. [DOI]
2014 Estelle Murphy (2014) ''Sing Great Anna's Matchless Name': Images of Queen Anne in the Court Ode' In: Queen Anne and the Arts. Maryland : Buckle University Press. [Full-Text]
2013 Estelle Murphy (2013) 'Articles: Arrigoni, Carlo ('Signor') and Arigoni, Ferdinando; Catch and Glee Clubs; Crow Street Music Hall; O'Connor, Dermot; Pinto, Thomas; Scarlatti, Francesco; Smock Alley Theatre' In: Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland. Dublin : UCD Press.

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2023 Estelle Murphy (2023) 'Dubourg, Geminiani, and the Violin Concerto in D Major: A Misattribution'. Eighteenth-Century Music, 20 (2). https://doi.org/10.1017/S1478570623000131
2017 Estelle Murphy (2017) '‘Liveridge is in Ireland’: Richard Leveridge and the Earliest Surviving Dublin Birthday Odes'. MUSIC AND LETTERS, 98 (1):32-73. https://doi.org/10.1093/ml/gcx012 [Full-Text]
2016 Murphy E. (2016) ''INSPIRE US GENIUS of the DAY': REWRITING the REGENT in the BIRTHDAY ODE for QUEEN ANNE, 1703'. Eighteenth-Century Music, 13 (1):51-72. [DOI]
2014 Estelle Murphy (2014) 'REVIEW: JOHANN CHRISTOPH PEPUSCH CONCERTOS AND OVERTURES FOR LONDON The Harmonious Society of Tickle-Fiddle Gentlemen / Robert Rawson Ramée RAM 1109, 2012; one disc, 59 minutes'. Eighteenth-Century Music, 11 (2):312-314. [Full-Text]
2008 Co-authored with Helen Gubbins, Sarah O'Halloran, Daithí Kearney, Anna M. Dore, Emily Magner, Estelle Murphy (2008) 'A Forum for the Practice of Musicology in Ireland'. British Postgraduate Musicology, 9 . [Full-Text]

Online Database

Year Publication
2023 Estelle Murphy (2023) Musical Court Odes, 1660-1779. [Online Database] [Link]

Other Journal

Year Publication
2023 Estelle Murphy (2023) 'Matthew Dubourg’s Violin Concerto: A Case of Mistaken Identity' Handel Institute Newsletter, 34 (1) . [Link]


Year Publication
2023 Estelle Murphy (2023) John Eccles, Print, and Popularity, or, Hit Tunes from Restoration London, Part 2. [Blog]


Year Publication
2023 Estelle Murphy (2023) Music to Her Majestie. [Abstract] https://www.continuoconnect.com/event-detail/music-to-her-majestie


Year Publication
2018 Estelle Murphy (2018) Meet death metal's new female growlers. Ireland: [Article] [Link]

Conference Contribution

Year Publication
2022 Estelle Murphy (2022) Walsh in Europe and Beyond: Dissemination and Reception of English Music Prints in the 18th Century John Walsh and the Music Trade in Dublin and Ireland Greifswald, Germany, 25/10/2022-27/10/2022.
2022 Estelle Murphy (2022) Society for Musicology in Ireland Annual Plenary Conference Poet, Poetry, Purcell: A New Understanding of the Collaborative Creative Process University College Cork / Online, 24/06/2022-26/06/2022.
2019 Estelle Murphy (2019) 17th Annual Plenary Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland ‘“And Is There One Fanatique Left?”: Anticipating Absolutism in the Restoration Court Ode’ Maynooth University, Ireland, 28/06/2019-30/06/2019.
2018 Estelle Murphy (2018) Biennial International Conference on Baroque Music ‘Crossing Borders, Creating Identity: Cousser, Dubourg, and Irish Traditional Song’ Pavia University, Cremona, Italy, 10/07/2018-15/07/2018.
2017 Estelle Murphy (2017) Maynooth University Library, Faculty of Arts, Celtic Studies & Philosophy and SPCM Publications Festival, 2017 ‘The Earliest Surviving Musical Odes for Dublin’ Maynooth University, Ireland, 24/01/2017-24/01/2017.
2017 Estelle Murphy (2017) 15th Annual Plenary Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland ‘Postfeminist Posthuman Performance: Reveiling Gender and Identity in Death Metal’ Queens University, Belfast, 16/06/2017-18/06/2017.
2016 Estelle Murphy (2016) 14th Annual Plenary Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland ‘”In the VICEROY, bless the KING!”: Self-Borrowing in Matthew Dubourg’s Dublin Odes’ St Patrick's College, Dublin City University, 10/06/2016-12/06/2016.
2016 Estelle Murphy (2016) 17th Biennial International Conference on Baroque Music ‘”In the VICEROY, bless the KING!”: Reuse and Revision in Matthew Dubourg’s Dublin Odes’ Canterbury Christ Church University, 13/07/2016-17/07/2016.
2016 Fiona Smith, Donald Burrows, Rebecca Herissone, Alan Howard, Estelle Murphy, Andrew Woolley (2016) 17th Biennial International Conference on Baroque Music 'The Future of Research into Scribal Hands' Canterbury Christ Church University, 13/07/2016-15/07/2016.
2015 Estelle Murphy (2015) 13th Annual Plenary Conference of the Society for Musicology in Ireland ‘The Musical Characterization of the Stage Irishman in the Early Eighteenth Century’ University College Cork, 12/06/2015-14/06/2015.

Invited Seminars

Year Publication
2023 Estelle Murphy; Paul Everett (2023) Discoveries and Databases: Writings, Results, and Reflections from a Year in the Archives. [Invited Seminars]
2022 Estelle Murphy (2022) ‘Again the Welcome Morn We Sing’: Constructing a Skewed History of the Baroque Court Ode. Dublin: [Invited Seminars]
2020 Estelle Murphy (2020) 'William Boyce’s Ode Manuscripts: Music, Marginalia, and Mapping.'. [Invited Seminars]
2019 Estelle Murphy (2019) 'Autographs and the Extramusical: The Manuscripts of William Boyce'. [Invited Seminars]
2019 Estelle Murphy (2019) 'William Boyce and the Development of the Court Ode, 1750–79'. [Invited Seminars]
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Professional Associations

Description Function From / To
Society for Musicology in Ireland Ordinary Member 01/01/2005 -
American Musicological Society Member 01/01/2021 - 31/12/2022
Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland Chief Copy Editor, Editor 01/08/2019 - 01/08/2023
Brisitsh Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Member 01/10/2018 -
International Association for the Study of Popular Music Ordinary Member 01/01/2013 -
Royal Musical Association Ordinary Member 01/01/2009 - 31/12/2016

Honors and Awards

Date Title Awarding Body
01/07/2022 BSECS Bodleian Fellow Bodleian Libraries & BSECS
01/01/2019 Charlemont Grant Royal Irish Academy
01/01/2022 Impact Through Dissemination Support Fund Research & Development Office, Maynooth University


Committee Function From / To
Undergraduate Studies Committee Secretary 01/09/2014 -
Faculty Research Committee Member 02/01/2023 -
Journal for the Society of Musicology in Ireland Chief Copy Editor 01/09/2018 -
Campus Life Committee Member 01/10/2019 -
Green Campus Committee Member 01/05/2018 -
Faculty Appeals Committee Alternate Member 01/09/2016 - 30/08/2019
Faculty Teaching and Learning Committee Member 14/11/2016 - 01/09/2019


Language Reading Writing Speaking
French Functional Basic Functional
Irish/Gaeilge Functional Functional Functional

Editorial / Academic Reviews

Amount Role From / To
Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland Editor 01/08/2019 - 01/01/2023

Outreach Activities

Organisation Type Description
Maynooth University Orchestra/Music Generation Civic Society
Kildare County Orchestra Civic Society

Recent Students

Graduation date Name Degree
2021 Cathal Twomey PhD