UNIVERSITY MUSIC & CONCERTS TEAM
Head of University Music and Concerts
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 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 also works closely with the professional and student conductors.
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 a conductor and educator and 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 and student conductors. He is co-artistic director of the University's CrossCurrents contemporary music festival, and enjoys working with composers and performing new commissions.
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.
Director of Jazz Performance
Jonathan is a Scottish drummer, composer and band leader now living and working in Birmingham and the surrounding area. Since graduating from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in 2011, 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 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 Collective for Early Music Performance and Research.
Director of Choral Activities
Professor Simon Halsey
Simon Halsey is a conductor and educator in choral 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 the director of the Music Society Brass Band and Head of Music Service for Services for Education in Birmingham. 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.