Some years after a studentship at the Purcell School and the Royal Academy of Music, majoring in harpsichord and piano, Penelope Cave was awarded a Collaborative Doctoral Award, by the AHRC and the National Trust, to do a PhD on music in the English country house, at the University of Southampton, which she gained in 2014. As an Attingham Scholar of 2015, she was invited by Professor Jeanice Brooks to join 'Sound Heritage', and has since given conference papers in London, Oxford, York, Trondheim, Lucca, Paris, and Lisbon. She contributed to Routledge's recently published, 'Muzio Clementi and British Musical Culture', and articles have included work on four-hand music, preluding, women's education, imitation, and authorship.
Dr Cave is currently researching a book with Katrina Faulds on the Jerningham family, featuring their correspondence, social networks, and musical, artistic, and literary interests across three generations. Performances on harpsichord and piano compliment her interest in domestic music-making in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.