At most Universities, the opportunities for music-making diminish, unless students take a first degree in Music. The University of Warwick however, has a remarkable record of high quality music-making in the West Midlands, UK and abroad by students of all degree subjects with the notable exception of Music, since the University has never offered a first degree in the subject!
Our Director of Music and Assistant Director are supported by a visiting staff of peripatetic tutors for a wide variety of instruments and voices. They also coach & advise students in workshops, ensuring Warwick's reputation as one of the most enterprising campus Music Centres in the country.
Who's Who in the Music Centre?
Paul McGrath - Director of Music
Paul studied at the National Opera Studio, London and won the prestigious conducting fellowship to the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester.
Outside the University Paul is well know as an Opera conductor. Productions he has conducted include; Orpheus in the Underworld for Opera North; Flight(Jonathan Dove) at de Vlaamse Opera, Belguim; La Boheme at the Opera House in Hannover, Germany; The Marriage of Figaro for Savoy Opera, London; La Perichole, Offenbach for Theater Basel, Switzerland; Le Nozze di Figaro for Opera Zuid, Holland; La Cenerentola, Rigoletto, The Pearl Fishers, Don Giovanni, Cosi fan Tutte, The Daughter of the Regiment, Manon and Carmen for English Touring Opera; La Sonnambula for Castleward Opera, Northern Ireland; The Royal Northern College of Music's production of Tchaikovsky's Orleanskaya Dyeva which won the Michelob Best Opera Award; Down by the Greenwood Side (Birtwistle) and The Bear (Walton) in Manchester and Los Angeles.
Paul was formerly Associate Conductor to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom his wide-ranging repertoire has included several world premiers. He made his BBC Proms début in the summer of 1997 conducting Deborah Warner's staging of Honegger's Jeanne d'Arc.
Paul has an enduring connection with the renowned British composer Michael Nyman. He conducted the British premiers of both Man and Boy: Dada and Love Counts at the Almeida Theatre, and has also conducted these operas in Italy and the USA. Both operas were recorded at Abbey Road Studios and released on the MNR label: www.mnrecords.com
Conducting engagements have included a Channel 4 Film, Mozart Lovers, Michael Nyman's opera, Love Counts and The Magic Flute for Opera North.
Lucy Griffiths - Assistant Director of Music
Lucy Griffiths 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 the creator and editor of their 50th Anniversary Global Songbook and has instigated many new and regular opportunities for people to engage and participate in music-making at the University. She is also Musical Director of the choir of Severn Trent Water, a post which was created for her after she led them to victory in the BBC's inaugural series of Sing While You Work in 2012.
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. This role has 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, and she regularly trains choirs to sing with the London Symphony Orchestra. She was previously director of the 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; she has led 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, Cranleigh Choral Week, Association of British Choral Directors, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Crisis and the London Symphony Chorus, 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 gradute who studied at Birmingham City University.