Matthew Cheung Salisbury

Matthew Cheung Salisbury

Lecturer in Music


I teach primarily historical papers and options at Prelims and FHS, and am convening new elective options in Western Plainchant and the Theology of Sacred Music at FHS and Master’s level.


I have broad interests in the liturgy and sacred music of the late Middle Ages. My research explores the texts and plainsong found in the extant sources of the medieval liturgy, with particular emphasis on transmission and reception. This work supports the Medieval Convent Drama project at Fribourg of which I am a part.

I am currently working on the texts and chants found in the manuscript and printed sources of the Sanctorale (Proper of Saints) according to the liturgical Use of Sarum, the dominant pattern of liturgy, music, and ritual in the south of late medieval England.

I am also editing and analysing newly composed liturgical offices in late medieval English MSS. Of particular interest at present are the four Marian offices (for the Purification, Annunciation, Assumption, and Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary) written by the 12th century cleric Ralph Niger (Lincoln Cathedral Library, MS 15).

I am also interested in the concurrent revivals of medieval music, liturgy, and architecture in the late nineteenth-century English Church.

Selected Publications

Books and editions

(forthcoming) co-edited with Sally Harper and John Harper, Lady Mass according to the Use of Salisbury EARLY ENGLISH CHURCH MUSIC EC58 (Stainer and Bell for the British Academy).

(under contract) Worship in Medieval England [working title] THE PAST IMPERFECT (Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute Publications/ARC Medieval Press)

(under contract) as editor: Worshipping with Dementia: a practical and theological guide (London: Church House Publishing, 2018).

Medieval Latin Liturgy in English Translation. DOCUMENTS OF PRACTICE (Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute Publications)

The Secular Liturgical Office in Late Medieval England MEDIEVAL CHURCH STUDIES (Turnhout: Brepols, 2015).

Hear My Voice, O God: functional dimensions of Christian worship (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2014).

The Sarum Customary Online, co-edited with John Harper, Christopher Hodkinson, and Henry Howard. An electronic edition and translation of the several recensions of the Customary of Salisbury Cathedral, 2013. [].

with Andrew Hughes and Heather Robbins, Cataloguing Discrepancies: the printed York Breviary of 1493. (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011).

The Use of York: characteristics of the medieval liturgical Office in York. (Borthwick Institute, University of York, 2008).

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