Alumni Network

The importance of past students to Music Durham cannot be underestimated. Without their continued support, Durham University music would not be where it is today. We try to keep in touch with past students through  email newsletters, and individual societies hold a number of events during the year for alumni and current students to get together.

Please complete the Alumni information form at the bottom of the page so that we can keep in touch. If you would like any further information please do not hesitate to contact us.

Annual Review

To catch up on all the news from the last academic year take a look at the Annual Music Review.

We remain committed to providing all our musicians with the very best facilities, equipment and coaching through our Masterclass Series. If you would like to support your old ensemble through Music Durham you can donate via the button below. Any money raised will go towards masterclasses, scholarships, the creation of new practice facilities, instruments and similar causes. Some companies offer a match giving scheme, where employers are willing to match the amount you donate from your salary. Please do check if your company offers this as it is a huge help and ultimately doubles your donation. We appreciate any assistance you can give up to support future generations of great musicians.

Recent Graduates – Where are they now?

At Music Durham we are incredibly proud of all of our musicians and love to keep in touch after graduation. Below are a number of recent graduates who have all been involved in music at Durham and have been inspired to continue music either as a career or in further education.


Lewis Wilkinson
Music; 2016
Brass Teacher, Durham County Music Service

Music Durham President (14-16), DUOS Conductor (15-16), Brass Band Conductor (14-15)

My role as a peripatetic brass teacher involves teaching over 200 young people each week, aged between 8 and 18, how to play brass instruments. Most of my teaching is done in a small group or individual setting, although I have a number of ‘First Access’ sessions. 

As well as this teaching, my role also includes conducting the Durham County Little Big Band, where I nurture the ensemble skills of saxophonists, trumpeters, trombonists, guitarists, pianists and drummers who perform for events around County Durham and Darlington. As well as my work for the music service, I am a freelance band conductor, a role which frequently takes me as far as Northumberland and North Yorkshire, with many brass bands engaging me to lead them in rehearsals, concerts and competition. The skill set I learnt as a conductor and administrator in Music Durham has undoubtedly enhanced my employability and skill set in my current career.

Samantha Spruce
Music; 2017
In Harmony Programme Assistant, The Sage

St John’s Music Society President, Clarinettist with DUPO, NAME, DUCE, and DOE

Throughout my time at Durham I performed and worked with the Palatinate Orchestra (both Chamber and Symphony), the New Art Music Ensemble, Classical Ensemble, Opera Ensemble and John’s Music Society, of which I was the president. Most of my highlights from my time at Durham are because of the venues I had the opportunity to play in. 

Two stand out concerts were both DUPO concerts; the first was performing selections from Porgy and Bess in the Castle Grate Hall, and the second was performing Karl Jenkin’s The Armed Man in Durham Cathedral – they were both incredible! I’m now working with the In Harmony Newcastle Gateshead programme, which is an immersive programme that works predominantly with primary school aged children in the west end of Newcastle. The programme aims to help them improve their life chances, social skills and educational attainment through learning an orchestral instrument. All of the children take part in ensemble rehearsals three times a week, as well as their small group lesson. Within my role I take care of the programmes admin, as well as the pastoral care of the students. It’s amazing to be part of something that provides these children with incredible opportunities such as performing on stage at Sage Gateshead, and working closely with Royal Northern Sinfonia.

John Reddel
Natural Sciences; 2017
Musical Direction and Coaching – Royal Academy of Music

Joseph Schultz
PhD Music, 2017
BBC Music Librarian

St Mary’s Chapel Choir, DUPO, DUOS, DUBB, NAME.

During my time in Durham (as an undergrad starting in 2008 until my PhD graduation in 2017) I was involved in a number of ensembles as a performer and conductor. I directed St Mary’s College Chapel Choir, the Palatinate Orchestra, and the Orchestral Society Chamber Orchestra. I also worked with Big Band and New Art Music Ensemble and became the Music Development Coordinator Sabbatical during my PhD. Now I work as a Music Librarian serving the BBC orchestras and partners. I work closely with other orchestral librarians and Radio 3 producers.

There are many events that we would love to invite our alumni to, both in Durham and further afield.

Equally, if you are planning an alumni event and would like to advertise it on the Music Durham pages then please do get in touch.

If you would like to receive periodic updates on the latest Music Durham news and events please fill out the form below.

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