Lance grew up on a small dairy farm on the Isle of Wight, where he played the horn in the County Youth Orchestra and was organist at Godshill Parish Church from the age of 13. A Junior Exhibition award enabled him to study piano with Joan Last for his last two years at High School. He went on to study music and organology at the University of Edinburgh, where his tutors included Kenneth Leighton and Grant O’Brien; he later took various history and Renaissance art courses at the Open University. He has had a portfolio job career, including schoolteacher, museum curator and crime scene investigator. He currently teaches harmony and music history at the University of Edinburgh, edits The Galpin Society Journal, and plays the organ at Polwarth Parish Church. Lance is particularly interested in eighteenth-century keyboard instruments and has published articles in Early Music, Eighteenth-Century Music, The Galpin Society Journal, and the RMA Research Chronicle, some in collaboration with Jenny Nex, and contributed multiple entries to The Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments (2014) and the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Brass Instruments (2018). He is also a keen allotment gardener, an emerging composer, and enjoys beachcombing for fossils.
Email Lance Whitehead at [email protected]