Rupert Curwen is a founder of Ubisense Limited, a Cambridge hi-tech company, which builds real time location systems used in companies such as BMW and Airbus. He has twenty years of experience in software engineering, and leads the development of the company’s innovative applications, especially in the manufacturing sector. He has always been a keen amateur choral singer, beginning as a child, and continuing as a bass in University College choir, Oxford. Since moving to Cambridge in 1999, he has sung with the Wolfson College Choir and the Wolfson Chamber Singers, including several baritone solos. In 2009 he was one of the singers representing Wolfson in the massed Cambridge University choirs at the 800th Anniversary Prom, in the Royal Albert Hall. The same year he also sang Mahler’s 8th with Stephen Cleobury and the CUMS Chorus at Ely Cathedral.
Nicola is a senior research associate and veterinarian in the Centre for Pathogen Evolution in the Department of Zoology. An alumnus of Wolfson College, Cambridge, her research interests focus on the antigenic and genetic evolution of viral pathogens, particularly influenza A viruses in both wild and domestic animals. She leads several international collaborative projects in a number of developed and developing countries, which focus on both internationally important scientific questions and encourage capacity building in the local animal health sector.
Nicola was educated at Wells Cathedral School from the age of 7, where she was both an academic scholar and in receipt of a specialist provision music award. As an oboist she studied with Robin Canter and Douglas Boyd, performing in masterclasses with Celia Nicklin and Lady Barbirolli and toured extensively throughout Europe and the Far East, including concerto performances in Germany. She began choral singing from 7, performing with all Wells Cathedral School choral ensembles in diverse musical styles, which ranged from musical theatre to Britten’s Noyes Fludde; from Chapel Choir to Rutter’s Gloria conducted by the composer. At the University of London, although training to be a vet she continued her love of music, playing oboe under Stephen Jackson with the University of London Symphony Orchestra, Gilbert and Sullivan pit orchestra work and singing in numerous Cathedrals throughout the United Kingdom with the University of London Chamber Choir. On qualification she continued to dep for weekend services in various London churches including St Martins in the Fields. When she embarked on a PhD at Cambridge in 2006, she joined Wolfson College Choir conducted by Lyn Alcántara. She has two daughters who sing in KJV.
Gillian Perkins founded the Cambridge Music Festival and directed every festival until 2010. Under her directorship the festival became a national event, famous not just for its world class concerts, but especially renowned for the scope of its education and community programme. In an earlier life Gillian worked for BBC Radio 3, the Performing Right Society and for Eastern Arts (now Arts Council England East). Gillian lives in Cambridge with her husband who plays violin in a local orchestra. Their two sons were both choristers at King’s, and Gillian also worked with Stephen Cleobury to set up Easter at King’s, a series which she managed for the college until 2010, when she retired from both King’s and CMF. In retirement Gillian is a member of New Cambridge Singers, and a trustee of the London Mozart Players, the Ouseley Trust as well as KJV.
Frankie Williams is a consultant specialising in education, music and culture, is a Research Fellow at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge and is an assessor for Arts Council England. She taught music, advised and inspected across the 3-19 age range and was General Inspector (Music and Culture) for Cambridgeshire. She has worked with many cultural organisations including the BBC, The Sage Gateshead, CCH, Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, Aldeburgh Music and the Proms. Frankie has represented the UK in the areas of Music and Information Technology and Youth Orchestras. She is a governor of Hills Road Sixth Form College Cambridge and The Music Therapy Charity, a board member of Vocal Futures, Cambridge Music Festival, London Youth Choir, Kings Junior Voices, Cambridge Youth Music and an adviser to Dosoco and NYAT.
Frankie has written articles and contributed to books on music, gifted and talented education, music therapy and the work of professional musicians in schools and was awarded a Finzi Scholarship in 2012.
Jeremy Morris is Dean & Director of Studies in Theology of King’s College. He was Dean and Chaplain of Trinity Hall for nine years until he moved to King’s, and teaches theology and church history. He feels choirs are in his blood – he sang in his local church choir in his youth, and also with the headquarters choir of the Royal School of Church Music, He is married to Alex, a teacher, and they have three children. He has been elected as the new Master of Trinity Hall, Cambridge and will take up this new post in October 2014.
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