John Anthony Caldwell
(born 6 July 1938
) is an English musicologist
Caldwell was born in Bebington
and studied the organ
at the Matthay School of Music in Liverpool
, becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists
in 1957. He studied at Keble College, Oxford
, obtaining his B.A.
in 1960, B.Mus.
in 1961 and D.Phil.
in 1965. For his doctorate, he transcribed and edited a manuscript of English liturgical organ music from between 1548 and 1650. He was an assistant lecturer at Bristol University
from 1963 to 1966, before returning to Oxford University
as a lecturer in 1966, holding this position until 1996 when he was appointed a Reader. He was a Fellow
of Keble College from 1967 to 1992. He became a Senior Research Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford
in 1999 and given the title of Professor by the University Distinctions Committee. He became an Emeritus
Fellow on his retirement in 2005.
His main areas of interest are medieval and Renaissance music, music theory and keyboard music. His compositions include the opera-oratorio Good Friday, first performed in Oxford in February 1998.