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Music Centre staff

Director of Music

Michael Downes

Michael Downes became the University's first full-time Director of Music in 2008, having previously held a similar post at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. He read English and Music at King's College, Cambridge, and completed a doctorate on Debussy at the University of Sussex. He studied the cello with teachers including Ioan Davies and Timothy Mason and conducted with teachers including Lionel Friend and Colin Metters. Before moving to Scotland, he conducted numerous choral, operatic, orchestral and contemporary music groups in London and the South-East.
Full biography

Michael Downes
Email:
directorofmusic@st-andrews.ac.uk
Phone:
+44 (0)1334 46 2226
Website:
Michael Downes' research profile

Head of Programming

Chris Bragg

Chris is responsible for all concert management within the Music Centre as well as managing the Chamber Orchestra and scholarship ensembles. Prior to coming to St Andrews, Chris worked for the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland. An organist by training, he completed degrees at the former RSAMD and the Amsterdam Conservatory and still enjoys performing and teaching. He is also active as a translator and writer.

Chris Bragg
Email:
cjb30@st-andrews.ac.uk
Phone:
+44 (0)1334 46 2226

Music Centre Administrator

Ruth Carr

Ruth administers the day-to-day operation of the Music Centre. She also assists with administrative aspects of the Summer Organ Week.

Ruth Carr
Email:
rac10@st-andrews.ac.uk
Phone:
+44 (0)1334 46 2226

Music Consultant

Gillian Craig

Gillian Craig is part of the St Andrews and Fife Community Orchestra (StAFCO), the Youth Orchestra and Youth Choir as well as The Renaissance Singers and The Heisenberg Ensemble. She is co-organiser of the advanced conducting course and teaches regular classes for the Open Association. Ad hoc duties include auditioning, interviewing, ensemble coaching and individual coaching.

Gillian Craig - Music Consultant

Associate Lecturer and Coordinator of Academic Music

Michael Ferguson

Michael is module coordinator of 'Music Leadership', and joint coordinator of the MLitt in Sacred Music programme. He also teaches on 'Words and Music', 'Understanding Music', 'Making Music', and 'Electronic Music'. As Coordinator of Academic Music, he is responsible for overseeing the running of the Music Centre’s academic modules.

Michael Ferguson
Email:
mcjf@st-andrews.ac.uk
Phone:
+44 (0)1334 46 2234
Website:
Michael Ferguson's research profile

Music Centre Manager

Helen Gregory

Helen oversees the operation of the Music Centre, its services and facilities. She is responsible for the centre’s finance systems and manages the Strings in Spring chamber music course.

Helen Gregory
Email:
hjg10@st-andrews.ac.uk
Phone:
+44 (0)1334 46 2226

Director of Chapel Music

Claire Innes-Hopkins

Claire Innes-Hopkins
Email:
ceih1@st-andrews.ac.uk
Phone:
+44 (0)1334 46 2237

Head of Music Technology

Jonathan Kemp

Jonathan is module coordinator for 'Physics of Music', 'Electronic Music' and 'Scottish Music' and is in charge of maintaining the electronic music studio in the Laidlaw Music Centre. He also leads the Music Centre's jazz, funk, rock, fusion band, St Andrews Fusion.

Jonathan Kemp
Email:
jk50@st-andrews.ac.uk
Phone:
+44 (0)1334 46 2145
Website:
Jonathan Kemp's research profile

Academic Administrator

Diane Lyons

Diane provides administrative support for the ten undergraduate modules.

Diane Lyons
Email:
del1@st-andrews.ac.uk
Phone:
+44 (0)1334 46 2233

Deputy University Organist

Andrew Macintosh

Andrew is responsible for wedding music in the University chapels. He plays for most weddings in the University and advises wedding couples on the music for their ceremonies.

Andrew Macintosh
Email:
ajrm@st-andrews.ac.uk
Phone:
+44 (0)1334 46 2226

Head of Vocal Studies

Jonathan May

Jonathan leads a team of visiting voice teachers who deliver approximately 100 voice lessons per week. He has overall responsibility for matters vocal within the Music Centre and in academic modules. He is Company Manager, Voice Coach and Dramaturge for Byre Opera and one of two Careers Link representatives for the Music Centre.

Jonathan May
Email:
jhm22@st-andrews.ac.uk
Phone:
+44 (0)1334 46 2226

Administrative Assistant

Jasmine Munns

Jasmine is the face of the Music Centre in the evenings and at weekends during semester, providing a warm welcome to all our visitors and members and helping them to access our services.

Jasmine Munns - Administrative Assistant
Phone:
+44 (0)1334 46 2226

Graduate Trainee

Brogan Orkney

Brogan works for both the Music Centre and Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) to develop the SCO's ongoing and highly successful residency at the University. Brogan also manages StAFCO and works on other major projects for both organisations.

Email:
bo24@st-andrews.ac.uk
Phone:
+44 (0)1334 46 2226

Associate Lecturer and Advisor of Studies

Jane Pettegree

Jane coordinates first year modules 'Understanding Music', 'Words and Music' and 'Introduction to Ethnomusicology'. She teaches on 'Scottish Music' and on the Sacred Music MLitt programme, and contributes to interdisciplinary teaching in other units.

Jane Pettegree
Email:
jkp1@st-andrews.ac.uk
Phone:
+44 (0)1334 46 2239
Website:
Jane Pettegree's research profile

Head of Outreach

Ellen Thomson

Ellen is responsible for devising music outreach projects across Fife working with a range of different community partners and schools. She also collaborates with departments across the University on public engagement initiatives and involves students in the delivery of projects when possible.

Ellen Thomson
Email:
eef1@st-andrews.ac.uk
Phone:
+44 (0)1334 46 2233

Associate Lecturer and University Organist

Tom Wilkinson

As an associate lecturer, Tom teaches on the Sacred Music MLitt and a variety of undergraduate modules. As University Organist, he teaches the organ scholars and plays for graduations.

Tom Wilkinson
Email:
taw21@st-andrews.ac.uk
Phone:
+44 (0)1334 46 2237
Website:
Tom Wilkinson's research profile

Head of Instrumental Studies

Bede Williams

Bede supports a large team of visiting instrumental instructors, teaches undergraduate music modules, and conducts the St Andrews Chamber Orchestra and New Music Ensemble. He is director of StAMP (St Andrews Music Participation), a philanthropically funded project that aims to reinvigorate brass playing across Fife by working with schools and brass bands. He also is the artistic director of Fringe of Gold and curates the St Andrews New Music Week. Much of his work is integrated into wider interdisciplinary projects or his research interests.

Bede Williams
Email:
bw23@st-andrews.ac.uk
Phone:
+44 (0)1334 46 2234
Website:
Bede Williams' research profile