top of page


David has edited a collection of essays on the so-called virginalist composers, including chapters on sources, instruments, liturgy & performance practice, repertoire, and analysis. His own chapter is on one of the most important sources, the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book. For more information, see the Musicology page.

Review by Ian Payne in The Consort 75 (2019), 143–4:

"The choir excellent, and the performers' decisions as to balance and scoring are nicely judged."

"This is a lovely disc as regards both

content and recording quality, and I heartily

recommend it."

David J. Smith is an organist, harpsichordist and musicologist based in the North East of England and in Scotland. He combines musicology with performance as an organist, recorder and continuo player, specialising in early keyboard music by composers from England and the Netherlands and in improvisation.

His research is situated in the Early Modern, specialising in English instrumental music of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. He has expertise in the critical editing of music, and as a performer has several recordings to his name.

In September 2018, he moved from the University of Aberdeen to take up the post of Founding Head of Music at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne.

To contact David, email

bottom of page