Dr Coombes is a Stipendiary Lecturer in Music at St Hugh’s College and Exeter College. His general field of research is late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century French music. His D.Phil. investigated how music shaped and exhibited understandings of childhood in French culture from roughly 1880 to 1914. Other research interests include the relation between popular song and lyric poetry in 1930s Britain, and philosophical questions about dance, movement and the body.
At undergraduate level, he teaches a variety of papers on music from the nineteenth century to the present day, as well as analysis and ‘Musical Thought and Scholarship’ (the course’s methodologies paper).
‘Auden’s imaginary song’, in Delia da Sousa Correa (ed.), The Edinburgh Companion to Literature and Music (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming).
‘The Nursery as Circus: Dancing the Childlike to Fauré’s Dolly Suite, 1913’, Journal of the Royal Musical Association, Vol. 142, No. 2 (2017), 277-325.