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Olwen is regularly commissioned to write programme notes for concerts around the UK and gives practical lectures on ornamentation styles and eighteenth-century dance at the Royal Academy of Music and on baroque music Summer Schools. She wrote contributions for the book published to accompany the Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series in 2015, 2016, and 2017, and assisted with the editing of Handel’s Ariodante for the Academy Opera in 2014.


Olwen was awarded the RAM Peter Latham gift for her research is on Handel's Haymarket Theatre orchestra between 1711-1729 and she is continuing this research as part of a PhD at the Royal Academy of Music. Olwen was also awarded the Mary Burgess Academic Prize (2014) for her undergraduate final year dissertation on narrative structure in early seventeenth-century instrumental music, and she  received the RAM Ayling Prize for Academic Achievement in 2013.

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'An excellent complimentary programme included informative and authoritative notes on the work, as text and act, respectively by Olwen Foulkes and Terence Charlston further enhancing the evening's listening'


Ingrid Pearson, Early Music Review, June 2015