Degree Title: BMus (Hons) with Year Abroad
Year of Graduation: 2008
Occupation: Orchestra Manager, Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Whilst at Newcastle I most enjoyed being able to establish and run my own ensembles with the support of the University. I spent a lot of time and energy helping to ensure that university ensembles could run appropriately, but also established my own chamber orchestra, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I very much enjoyed the modules that I took whilst at Newcastle University, especially ones with fieldtrips.
The lecturers were all very knowledgeable and had enormous enthusiasm for their subjects. Overall, the city is a great one to be in when studying music, as there are so many options open to a student and so many opportunities to learn theoretically and practically, explore and enjoy oneself!
I have recently taken up the role of Orchestra Manager at the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. We are based in Edinburgh, but perform concerts throughout Scotland, Europe and the World. My main roles are fixing players for concerts, and assisting the Stage Manager in running rehearsals and concerts.
How your degree prepared you for your career
My degree at Newcastle introduced me to some great people who were keen to work together on furthering my musical learning experiences and helping me to gain lots of experience in arts administration, prior to my following up a professional career in arts administration. I was given the task of being Orchestra Manager of the University orchestra, which first sparked my interest in arts administration and gave me the confidence to follow up a career in the arts.