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Alumni profiles

Creative and talented, our graduates can be found in all areas of the music profession, as well as in many other fields.

We would love to hear from more of our graduates. If you have memories to share or a career tale to tell, please contact


Jessica Haig

"Cardiff School of Music is without a doubt one of the friendliest, most supportive communities I have been a part of..."
Jessica graduated with a BMus degree in 2014

Jack White

"After studying music at an undergraduate level I knew I wanted to continue my studies. These courses elided neatly with my desire to develop my compositional voice..."
Jack White, MMus and PhD in Composition, 2005-2011

Nathan James Dearden

"The relationships I have taken from my time there will hopefully last for the remainder of my working career, relationships that have already become successful working partnerships...."
Nathan is a composer and is undertaking his PhD at Royal Holloway

Simon Wright

"It was a great place to be and, whenever I visit now, I still feel as if I’m ‘coming home’!"
Simon is Head of Rights and Contracts at Oxford University Press

Andy Farquharson

"I left university with a wide range of skills and knowledge - all of which I have been able to put in to use in a professional capacity since graduating..."
Andy is Operations & Logistics Manager for BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Edward Parks

"Concerts with Cardiff University Symphony Orchestra like The Planets in St David’s Hall and Firebird in City Hall are moments that I will remember for years to come..."
Edward is part of the marketing team at Albion Media, a PR & marketing agency specialising in classical music & the arts

Liz Lane

"The quality of teaching and support from the lecturers was invaluable, the atmosphere and camaraderie was great and I am still in regular touch with friends from my undergraduate years..."
Liz is a composer, arranger, and lecturer


Jessica Cale

"Cardiff is full of culture and is a wonderful place to be as a music student..."
Jessica is a freelance soprano singing for professional ensembles including The Sixteen, and the Monteverdi Choir

Tony Woodcock

"Wales became a very important part of my early life and I came to love the place. It has always provided me with the most glorious opportunities and I shall be eternally grateful..."
Tony is President of the New England Conservatory and an Honorary Fellow of Cardiff University

Cathy Al-Ghabra

"The time I spent at Cardiff University has affirmed a life-long love of music and singing as well as carving a path for a varied and rewarding career in arts management and performing..."
Cathy is part of the music team at British Council Arts and is a board member of the European Music Council

Catherine Thomson

Catherine Thomson"If I was to offer any advice to music graduates that wish to work in arts management, I would recommend getting as much work experience as possible..."
Catherine is Development Coordinator at the Philharmonia Orchestra

Matthew Green

Matt Green"It’s amazing the amount of different career options available to you with a music degree from Cardiff..."
Matthew is Concerts and Touring Administrator for Sinfonia Cymru

Tom Davoren

Tom Davoren"Cardiff became the place where I could hone my new voice, something for which I am still indebted to the School of Music and its present and former faculty..."
Tom is a brass-wind composer whose music is programmed for recordings, contests, concerts and festivals all over the world

Claire Layton

Claire Layton"The content of the Music, Culture and Politics Masters course was very diverse and always challenging, and there were always opportunities to share ideas and reactions. ..."
Claire is currently Administrator for Crash Ensemble, Ireland's leading contemporary music group

Eloise Nancie Gynn

Eloise Nancie Gynn"I loved being part of the orchestras, and especially the Contemporary Music Group, which was so much fun and challenged greatly my technical ability on the cello..."
Eloise has been building a career as a composer and has been awarded the 2011 LSO Panufnik 5’ commission

Carlos del Cueto

Carlos del Cueto"I was given piano tuition by Richard Ormrod, one of the finest musicians I have ever met, and one of the deepest influences in my own music-making..."
Carlos is Junior Fellow in Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM)

Susan Casanove

Susan Casanove"Cardiff is an exciting, thriving city and the three years I spent there were among the happiest of my life..."
Susan has been working extensively as a professional actress and has also turned her hand to scriptwriting

Ceri Jones

Ceri Jones"It was a great opportunity to collaborate with friends on performance – and get points for it – practicing never felt like hard work..."
Ceri works as Projects Director for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Jon Yardley

Jon Yardley"The School of Music becomes like a family not only including your peers but students from all years, staff and even the porters...."
Jon is a Senior Interface Developer at digital marketing agency LBi

Annie Sheen

Annie Sheen"Probably the biggest highlight from my time would be the friends I have made. We have all gone on to do very different, exciting things but we still remain in close contact..."
Annie is Project Manager for Children and Young People at Birmingham’s Town Hall Symphony Hall

Gemma Norford

Gemma Norford"My time in Uganda really opened my eyes to what life is like for some of the young people there and how much KMS does to nurture these talents..."
Gemma tells us about her experience volunteering at Kampala Music School

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas"It was a great music department, really cool to be part of. All the tutors and staff were friendly and it was a happy environment to be in..."
Mark is an Emmy-nominated film and television composer

Andrea Haines

Andrea Haines"Cardiff provided me with a great number of performance opportunities to further develop my technique and confidence on stage and in front of a critical audience..."
Andrea is a member of Voces8, the foremost young British a cappella group

Alys Jones

Alys Jones"I would recommend the School as a friendly place to study with excellent, knowledgeable professors and lecturers..."
Alys is Assistant Orchestra Manager for the BBC Symphony Orchestra and is currently on secondment as Event Co-ordinator for the BBC Proms & Radio 3.

Katie Thomas

Katie Thomas"The performance standards John Hugh insisted upon inspired me to raise my game; I am indebted to him for pointing me in the right direction..."
Katie is a member of the world-famous Monteverdi Choir

Andrew Matthews-OwenAndrew Matthews Owen

"I took for granted the excellent facilities we enjoyed in the purpose built School of Music building at Cardiff as a student"
Andrew is a concert accompanist and vocal coach. He also teaches piano at Trinity College of Music.

Laura HamerMax Davies

"Cardiff’s recognised expertise in twentieth-century and French music made it an ideal place to undertake research in this area."
Laura is Lecturer in Music at Liverpool Hope University

Max Charles DaviesMax Davies

"Cardiff University School of Music does have exceptionally good workshop provision for student composers... After all, it's hearing what we compose 'in practice' that is our greatest teacher."
Max is a composer, arranger, teacher & freelance musician

Giselle AllenGiselle Allen

Soprano Giselle has gone on to a critically acclaimed stage career and was recently described by The Sunday Times as "a singing actress of the first order."

Robert Court
Rob Court

"It was the ideal place for me. Though smaller than it is today, it was nevertheless one of the largest music departments in the country and there were some very exciting events happening."
Robert is Associate Lecturer at the School of Music

Ben Curry

music score"As an undergraduate, I specialised in composition and had three of my pieces performed. However, as much as I enjoyed composing, I also developed a real love for writing and thinking about music."
Ben is a Senior Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University

Michael FrancisMichael Francis

Considered one of today's brightest young conducting talents, Michael is currently Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra

Adrian Hull

Adrian Hull"I’d always thought of the Cardiff School of Music as one of the top places in the UK to study music..."
Adrian is a composer, conductor, Senior Lecturer in Performing Arts at the University of the West of England and Director of Arcomis (Arts Commissioning)

Karl Jenkins
Karl Jenkins"I pursued the very academic course for which I’m eternally grateful, studying many musical disciplines that proved invaluable in later life... "
Karl is one of the most successful, prolific and performed composers working today

Emyr Wynne Jones
Emyr Wynne Jones

" I wanted to make and experience as much music as possible whilst also getting a degree! "
Emyr is School Improvement Officer for Carmarthenshire

Peter Linnitt
Peter Linnitt"I chose to study music at Cardiff because it was (and still is!) one of the best music departments in the country..."
Peter is head Librarian at the Royal College of Music

Graeme Lodge
"...amiable tutorials with Tim Taylor, impromptu opera sing-throughs with fellow many happy memories!"
Graeme is Director of Music at Epsom College

Eluned Parrott

Eluned Parrott"Cardiff was far and away my first choice of University and I was so excited when I got my place.  The course gave me everything I wanted – a chance to play, to challenge myself intellectually..."
Eluned is the Welsh Assembly Member for South Wales Central

Janice Richards

"For me, the balance between practical and academia is important, and the department is so well placed in Cardiff..."
Janice is Head of Performing Arts/Music at Stanwell School

Christian Siddell
"I wanted to go to a credible, academic school where I could gain a diverse and multifaceted degree in order to develop as many skills as possible..."
Christian is the founder of a London-based music consultancy

Charlotte YeunCharlotte Yuen
"It is always a privilege to see artists at work, and sometimes I feel spoilt that I get to see world-class performances and get to know the people behind the artistry..."
Charlotte is Assistant Artist Manager at Askonas Holt



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