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Ms Danielle Padley

Postdoctoral Associate
Research Fellow (Woolf Institute)
Anglo-Jewish liturgical music

Danielle Padley’s work focuses on the interaction between Anglo-Jewish sacred and secular music and wider British religious, political and social contexts during the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries.

Academic interests

Danielle Padley’s academic interests include: 

  • Anglo-Jewish musical society
  • Jewish liturgical music
  • Nineteenth-century Jewish-Christian relations
  • Nineteenth-century music history
  • Jewish identity in music.

Degrees obtained

  • BA, Cantab.
  • MPhil, Cantab.

Awards and prizes

  • Djanogly Foundation Award (2020)
  • Jewish Historical Society of England Awards (2015-20)
  • Musica Britannica Louise Dyer Award (2016)
  • Polonsky Foundation Awards (2016-18)
  • Spalding Trust Awards (2015-18).


Danielle Padley is a musicologist, researching the interaction between Jewish music and its wider contexts, with a focus on nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century Britain. Her work on the Anglo-Jewish liturgical music sung in and published for Victorian synagogues has been heard on BBC Radio 3 (‘Symphony of Psalms’, Easter Sunday Feature 2018), and was the subject of a video documentary for the Woolf Institute’s ‘Living in Harmony’ project in April 2018. She has given numerous presentations, lecture-recitals and conference papers, including the inaugural lecture of the Jewish Historical Society of England’s Cambridge branch. Her first journal article was published in Nineteenth-Century Music Review (CUP) earlier this year. Another article, co-written with Professor Susan Wollenberg, University of Oxford, is forthcoming in Ad Parnassum Studies.

Danielle is the Musical Director of Kol Echad, Cambridge’s Hebrew choir which performs a variety of liturgical, folk and concert repertoire in Hebrew, Yiddish and Ladino. Kol Echad regularly participates in events to promote Jewish-Christian relations through the sharing of musical heritage, including – in Cambridge - concerts at Michaelhouse, the Chapels at Corpus Christi and Churchill Colleges, and at Beth Shalom Reform Synagogue. Danielle has also sung in and conducted the choir at Edgware and District (now Edgware and Hendon) Reform Synagogue since 2000, where she first found the inspiration for her academic work.

Danielle has also worked as a singing teacher and vocal coach, training pupils for examinations, auditions and theatre courses. She lives in a Cambridgeshire village with her husband, Jonathan, and toddler, Robin.

Other interests

Singing, (tap) dancing, performing in local theatrical productions, piano-playing, walking.

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Publications, links and resources

  • Padley, D. (forthcoming, 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, Laura Hamer and Helen Minors, (eds). Routledge.
  • Padley, D. (2020) ‘Book Review: Judah M. Cohen, Jewish Religious Music in Nineteenth-century America’, Indiana University Press, 2019. Notes: the Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association.
  • Padley, D. and Wollenberg, S. (2020) ‘Charles Garland Verrinder: London’s First Synagogue Organist’, Ad Parnassum Studies 12
  • Padley, D. (2019) ‘Tracing Jewish music beyond the synagogue: Charles Garland Verrinder’s “Hear my cry O God”’, Nineteenth-Century Music Review, Bennett Zon (ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (DOI:

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