Lying at the heart of my research are the musical manuscripts of the Hugh Nevill collection of Sinhala manuscripts housed at the British Library. Using this archive, my research aims to develop histories that influence our understandings of the place of music in historic Sri Lankan socio-cultural landscapes, including religious, courtly and colonial settings. In the process it aims to contribute to broader historical understandings of Sri Lanka and document the histories of the genres presented in the archive. This archival research will then be brought into conversation with oral histories that emerge during periods of fieldwork conducted among contemporary practitioners of these genres.


Research Student, SOAS (2019 – present)

MMus Ethnomusicology, SOAS (2017 – 2019, pending)

Ba Hons. Professional Musicianship, University of Sussex (2012 – 2013 2:1)

Foundation Degree. Professional Musicianship, University of Sussex (2009 – 2012)


Archives of Sri Lanka’s Musical Legacies: The Sindu, Kavi, and Sivupada Song Texts of the Nevill Collection as Refractions of Sri Lanka and its Musical Practices, Past and Present

Tom Peterson

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