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The University of Warwick has a remarkable record of high-quality music making in the UK and abroad, despite never having offered a degree in the subject. The Music Centre is a vibrant hub of activity for musicians from all disciplines and for all genres.

With more than twenty ensembles, there are plenty of opportunities for getting involved. All our ensembles are run by students, and several have professional directors. We cater for all standards, from complete beginners to more experienced musicians, and the majority of groups are unauditioned - everyone is welcome to join in or come along to one of our many concerts.

We also have a fantastic team of visiting professional musicians who offer individual vocal and instrumental tuition, as well as coaching ensembles, running masterclasses and leading workshops in a wide variety of musical areas. 

The Music Centre offers three types of financial assistance to students at the University, for students from all disciplines. Scholarships and Exhibitions are awarded to undergraduates only, and Bursaries are available to all students. 

We have one of the most dynamic and enterprising Music Centres in the country. We hope you’ll join us! 

 

Who's Who in the Music Centre?

 

Lucy Hollins- Assistant Director of Music

Lucy Hollins is one of the most respected conductor-animateurs of her generation. Having studied and won several prestigious prizes in the UK and Canada, her leadership experience ranges across vocal and instrumental music-making with professional, amateur, youth and adult ensembles at the very highest level of each. It has seen her appear on TV and radio, premiering new works, adjudicating competitions, touring extensively throughout the UK and internationally, and working alongside some of the world's finest musicians and directors.

 

Lucy is Assistant Director of Music at the University of Warwick; a post she has held since 2005. She directs all of the university's major vocal and instrumental ensembles and motivates music making passionately amongst students, staff and members of the local community. She is Associate Chorus Director of the London Symphony Chorus, Principal Guest Conductor of the Cambridge Philharmonic, and a tutor for the Association of British Choral Directors. Lucy also works as a concert designer and presenter, and has recently worked on projects with the London Symphony Orchestra and London Philharmonic Orchestra. 

 

Lucy is a leading expert in the field of music education and engagement, specialising in vocal outreach. She is Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra's Junior Choir and Associate Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra’s Senior and Community Choirs. These roles have seen her work alongside some of the UK’s most eminent conductors on premieres of new works by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and Jonathan Dove. She was previously director of the Royal College of Music Chorus, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Training Choirs and also lectured in choral conducting at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Lucy’s commitment to music in development has taken her all over the world, including leading singing projects for charities African Prisons Project in Uganda and Songbound in India. 

 

Other recent work includes directing and conducting projects for the Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Opera North, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Hippodrome, Sing Up, Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Music in Offices, Orchestra of the Swan, Cranleigh Choral Week, and Crisis, in collaboration with musicians, actors, dancers, poets, writers and artists from many fields and backgrounds.

Lizzy Whyte - Music Centre Administrator

Lizzy is a Music Graduate from the University of Sheffield. She loves all things musical and plays Piano, Saxophone and enjoys singing, sometimes with the University of Warwick Chorus or the One Ten Fun Choir. Before coming to Warwick she worked at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She is a keen fitness enthusiast (well moving timps requires a lot of training!) and is a proud Mummy to Olivia, Sophie & George.

James Vegnuti - Assistant Administrator

James is a Music Technology Graduate who studied at Birmingham City University. He has worked with the music centre team for 5 years and is always more than happy to discuss new opportunities, ideas or projects students and staff have.