Dr Danielle Padley

Research Fellow


Danielle Padley is an historical musicologist, specialising in Jewish music in Victorian Britain. She completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge in July 2020, supervised by Benjamin Walton. Her dissertation explored the life of Anglican musician Charles Garland Verrinder (1834-1904), the first organist of the West London Synagogue of British Jews. She is a Fellow, Director of Studies and Director of Music at Lucy Cavendish College, a College Post Doctoral Associate at Jesus College and a Visiting Research Associate at the Faculty of Music.

At the Woolf Institute, Danielle is working on the project 'Anglo-Jewish Music-Making: Synagogue, Stage, Society', investigating Jewish musical activities in Britain between 1830 and 1910. She has presented her research on BBC Radio 3, for the Board of Deputies' funded project 'Hidden Treasures: Celebrating Jewish Archives', and at various national and international Jewish music, nineteenth-century and sacred music conferences. She gave the inaugural lecture-recital of the Cambridge branch of the Jewish Historical Society of England in October 2017 and is a member of the JHSE's New Generation team of doctoral and early career researchers.

Having grown up singing in and conducting the choir of Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue, Danielle became the Musical Director of Kol Echad Hebrew Choir in Cambridge in 2011. The choir has performed at venues such as Peterborough Cathedral, Michaelhouse Chapel, the Cambridge Guildhall and Churchill, Corpus Christi and Lucy Cavendish Colleges. Danielle's research and Kol Echad's performance were the subject of the Woolf Institute's 2018 video 'Kol Echad: Living in Harmony'.


2022 'Leading the Way: Victorian Premonitions for the Female Voice in Anglo-Jewish Worship', in The Routledge Companion to Women and Musical Leadership: The Nineteenth Century and Beyond, ed. Laura Hamer and Helen Minors (Routledge)

2022 'A "Strange Combination of Duties": Charles Garland Verrinder, the (Synagogue) organist', The British Institute of Organ Studies Journal (invited by guest editor Nicholas Thistlethwaite)

2020 With Susan Wollenberg, ‘Charles Garland Verrinder: London's First Synagogue Organist', Ad Parnassum Studies 12: 167-184

2020 Review of Jewish Religious Music in Nineteenth-Century America: Restoring the Synagogue Soundtrack, by Judah M. Cohen (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2019), Notes: the Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association 77/1: 97-99

2020 'Tracing Jewish music beyond the Synagogue: Charles Garland Verrinder's Hear my cry O God', Nineteenth-Century Music Review 17/2: 181-223 (published online 2019)

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