Jo's role within the Society is varied and she is responsible for the strategic vision of University Music and works with Academic Colleagues to ensure that the University of Birmingham offers students and the local community a huge variety of high quality experiences. Jo is involved with many things, from programming the professional concerts in The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, project managing operas, and producing a variety of music festivals, to the not-so-exciting things like financial management. She also produces the termly University Music brochure, and works closely with the Music Society's marketing team and President.
Choral Music Coordinator
Gavin Allsop oversees the wide variety of choral music-making at the University, which encompasses all University Music vocal ensembles, and the MA Choral Conducting programme. Within the Society he advises and mentors the student ensemble managers and conductors for the two Chamber Choirs, as well as the University Chorus ensemble managers. He also works closely with the professional conductor assigned to the University Chorus. Gavin leads on projects with University of Birmingham Voices, including their annual visit to perform at BBC Proms in London and with the CBSO in Birmingham. Aside from operational duties, he is also accompanist for University Staff Singers.
Concerts and Marketing Administrator
Lucy's role as concerts and marketing administrator is to administrate, assist and duty manage the Barber Lunchtime and Evening concert series, Birmingham International Piano Festival, CrossCurrents contemporary music festival and Birmingham Festival of Early Music as well as any other Music Society or departmental concerts in the Barber. Lucy's role with the Music Society is to create programmes for all the concerts, ensure instruments for the concerts are in the correct hall and tuned, and to assist Jo and the society's marketing team with online publicity, as well as promoting the concerts across campus and the city. Lucy also manages the Box Office on behalf of the University Music team.
& ACADEMIC STAFF
Director of Orchestral Studies
Daniele Rosina is heavily involved with the Music Society. He conducts the Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra and Orchestral Repertoire class, as well supporting the Chamber Music Network. Daniele teaches conducting for the Department of Music, and mentors the student conductors within the society. He is co-artistic director of the University's CrossCurrents contemporary music festival, and enjoys working with composers and performing new commissions. When he doesn't have a baton in his hand, Dan can be found watching the peregrine falcons flying over Old Joe.
Dr Andrew Channing
Andy Channing studied gamelan initially at Southbank Centre, then later at STSI (the Indonesian Academy of Performing Arts) Surakarta, Central Java, and with various teachers in Bali. Since 1991 he has taught Javanese and Balinese gamelan throughout the UK and Europe, to school children of all ages, adults and special needs groups. He teaches regularly at Southbank Centre, City University, SOAS (the School of Oriental and African Studies) and LSO St Luke’s and with Hampshire Music Service. Recently, he has led groups in Paris, Marseille and Porto. Andy has performed extensively in the UK and Europe.
Music Society Treasurer
Dr Paul Rodmell
Paul Rodmell is the Society's Staff Treasurer, and is responsible for ensuring that we stay solvent and do not go bankrupt! The University of Birmingham Music Society has an annual turnover of between £30k and £40k each year, so there is a lot of money going in and out, and Paul's job is to make sure that we can account for it all and check that we are spending our money wisely and properly.
Jazz Orchestra Director
Jonathan is a Scottish drummer, composer and band leader now living and working in Birmingham and the surrounding area. Since graduating from the city’s Conservatoire in 2011 with a First Class Honours degree, he has been developing his projects with a focus on composition study and performance. He performs regularly across the UK with his own projects with recent performances at many of the top festivals including, Cheltenham, Glasgow and London Jazz Festivals.
University Chorus Director
Julian Wilkins is a conductor, organist and pianist, working throughout the UK and overseas with prestigious musical organisations including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, BBC Proms Youth Choir, and the national youth choirs of Great Britain, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. As a respected choral consultant he teaches at the University of Birmingham and for the Association of British Choral Directors.
Peyton & Barber Professor of Music
Professor Andrew Kirkman
Andrew Kirkman sits on the Music Society Committee as a senior academic in the Department of Music. He is Director of the Centre for Early Music Performance and Research. Andrew published widely on late-medieval and renaissance music and culture. He is director of the award-winning 'Binchois Consort,' which records little-known Renaissance repertory on the Hyperion label, and has conducted and recorded orchestral and operatic repertory from the seventeenth century to the twentieth.
Director of Choral Activities
Professor Simon Halsey
Simon Halsey occupies a unique position in classical music. He is the trusted advisor on choral singing to the world’s greatest conductors, orchestras and choruses, and also an inspirational teacher and ambassador for choral singing to amateurs of every age, ability and background. Making singing a central part of the world-class institutions with which he is associated, he has been instrumental in changing the level of symphonic singing across Europe.
Brass Band Director
Stuart Birnie is entering his fifth year as director of the Society's Brass Band. A tuba player and educator, Stuart enjoyed success with the Desford Colliery Band in his youth, and shares his passion from brass bands with the 50 -plus members of the University band. The highlight of the band's year is their performance and the UniBrass competition. Stuart is Acting Head of Service for Services for Education (Music).