Music Award Holder Profiles 2016-17 Music Award Holder Profiles 2016-17

Please find below bios written by our current and previous Music Award holders. Click on each name to find out more about the students and learn how they have benefited from their awards.

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Roger Castells Graells (BIO) - Oboe

Hello, I’m Roger and I’m currently doing a PhD. I have been studying music since I was nine in my hometown. During these years, I have been playing the saxophone and oboe in various classical and jazz ensembles. For more than four years I have also been playing in a catalan rock band, Altercat, and we have released an EP and a CD (Instants). I’m currently playing the oboe in the UEA Symphony Orchestra, where I’m learning a lot and having fun. Music is part of my daily life and, for me, the Music Award has been a fantastic opportunity to improve and develop my musical skills. It has also allowed me to get involved in the musical life of the university since I am part of the UEA SO Committee. 


Lucas Chan (PSY) - Violin

My name is Lucas and I am currently in my second year of psychology. I have been learning the violin for about 7 years and I am also interested in other music fields, such as conducting and piano. The Music Award has allowed me to develop my interest by having lessons and going to masterclasses. It also gave me an opportunity to launch a string ensemble as a part of the Music Society, which led me to have more solo and group performance chances and experiences.


Astrid Coxon (MED) - Mezzo Soprano

I’m Astrid, a mezzo-soprano and casual double bass player. I’ve been a keen  musician since I took up the piano at 5 years old, and since then have played and sung in a variety of groups and settings, including singing at weddings, and leading a 20-piece double bass ensemble. I enjoy a wide variety of music, but a few of my favourite composers include Weill, Gorecki, and most of the “big Russians” (Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, Shostakovich etc.)! When I’m not making music, I’m a second year PHD student in MED, researching process implementation in hospital settings. My background is in philosophy and psychology, and I am currently an associate tutor for the BSc Psychology module on Applied Psychology. I believe that music can have a profound positive impact on mental wellbeing, and I look forward to exploring opportunities to use music to improve the health and wellbeing of students and staff at UEA.


Poppy Damazer (BIO) - Mezzo Soprano

I first started studying singing with Aanna Colls, with whom I performed at Glyndebourne and the Brighton Festival Chorus at the Royal Albert Hall. In Norwich, I am continuing my training with former principal soprano of the ENO, Hannah Francis. I am a choral scholar at the Church of St. Peter Mancroft and sing with the Norwich Philharmonic Chorus. I hold a Music Award at the UEA where I am also a member of the Choir and Chamber Choir as well as being choir manager and librarian for both. I am the Founder and President of the UEA Opera Society and am looking forward to playing the title role in their 2017 production of 'Dido and Aeneas', whilst completing my undergraduate studies in Biomedicine.


Abielle Hallas (DEV) - Cello

Hi I’m Abielle; I’m a cellist, and I’m doing Geography and International Development. This is my third year playing in the UEASO; I am joint Orchestra Manager for the third year running for which I organise orchestra logistics for concerts. The Music Award has enabled me to carry on lessons, so I have the opportunity to learn both classical and other challenging pieces (I’m currently working on some slightly terrifying Stravinsky and Shostakovich!). I have also had the opportunity to perform in the Norfolk County Music Festival and a solo in Duruflé’s Requiem as part of UEA Choir’s 'War and Peace' concert. I also play in the Highly Strung Quartet, and we have some exciting repertoire and concerts lined up!


Frederika Haug (LAW) - Viola

My name is Frederika and I’m studying Law at UEA for a year as an Erasmus student. I started to play violin when I was 6 but fell in love with the sound of the viola four years later and have been playing this instrument since then with all my heart. I have always been a member of different chamber ensembles and orchestras, lately the National Youth Orchestra of Germany and the orchestra of my home university in Berlin. Since coming to UEA, I have enjoyed leading the viola section of the UEA SO and playing in a quartet with other UEA SO members. The Music Award has encouraged me to play with others and given me the opportunity to develop my musical skills.


Hanna Hawa (AMA) - Piano and Djembe

I am Hanna. I’m in the second year of my Film Studies and Art History degree. I have been interested in playing and writing music ever since I can remember. I started learning the Derbakeh at the age of six then began learning the piano, as well as other percussion and melody instruments. The Music Award will give me the chance to further my musical exploration. 


Jess Honey (LDC) - Soprano

I’m Jess and I’m in my first year studying English Literature. I’ve loved singing since I was a child, especially in choirs. I particularly focus on classical singing but also enjoy singing Musical Theatre and Jazz, especially Ella Fitzgerald. I’ve also started to explore singing Opera this year which has been challenging and enjoyable. I passed my singing performance diploma in 2015 and I’m hoping to work towards a second diploma this year. Being involved in music at UEA has been a joy, especially singing in Chamber Choir and playing my saxophone in Jazz Collective. The Music Centre Award has been fantastic because it’s allowed me to take singing lessons and to improve as a musician. 


Yuki Matoba (DEV) - Marimba

My name is Yuki and I am currently a final year studying International Development and the Environment. I started taking private lessons on marimba when I was eight years old and have now been playing it for fourteen years. I was mainly a soloist and a part of marimba ensembles, but since joining the UEA I have been a part of the Wind Band and Symphony Orchestra as a percussionist. Symphony Orchestra has posed many challenges but being a part of it is a great opportunity. It has encouraged me to explore the different ways of approaching the marimba, xylophone, and other percussion instruments. Apart from joining big ensembles, the Music Award also has given me opportunities for taking lessons in London, playing in small concerts, and organising ensembles with other members of UEA Music Society. 


Emily Parish (ENV) - Guitar and Vocals

I am a 20 year old second year student at UEA, studying Environmental Geography and International Development - but my main interests lie within music. I've enjoyed learning several musical instruments since the age of seven, but have recently started working towards making a career out of playing and singing. I am currently working towards recording an album of original songs with an acoustic/alternative indie style that feature myself playing acoustic guitar. I hope to expand with the addition of other instruments and the introduction of new genres and influences - such as electronic. I'm often playing at an open mic night or gig in Norwich, but you'll also find me online on YouTube, Facebook, and Soundcloud at the moment. I had the incredible opportunity to write and perform a song alongside a Spanish electronic artist last year, through one of many of UEA's music societies, which will hopefully be released through the record label Panda Funk in the Spring of 2017. 

Through the UEA Music Centre Award, I have co-founded a new society with a fellow award holder: The Songwriters' Society. With the creation of this society I hope to not only improve my own songwriting skills and the ability to create music of different genres with other great students, but to also offer any help and advice that I can to help others progress with their music. 


Polly Paulusma (LDC) - Vocals and Guitar

Hello, I’m Polly Paulusma and my part-time Literature PhD at UEA as a CHASE scholar is focusing on the many ways in which being a traditional folk singer during the 1960s Revival affected the work of my favourite novelist, Angela Carter. My perspective is very much influenced by the fact that I have been a singer, songwriter, recording artist, and producer for the last 20 years since graduating from Cambridge in 1997. I was signed to Bjork’s record label One Little Indian in 2003 and released two self-penned studio albums and two sister-albums to international acclaim. During that time I toured the USA, Europe, and the UK many times, and supported Bob Dylan, Coldplay, Jamie Cullum, The Divine Comedy, and played Glastonbury, T in the Park, and V Festival, amongst many others. In 2012 I founded the indie-folk label Wild Sound, and released my third studio album and my first film soundtrack for the Canadian drama Clear Lake. Since then the label has grown exponentially and is now the home of nine artists; we are currently moving back to One Little Indian as a folk imprint, and I hope to release my fourth album in the next year. I’m excited about the Lunchtime Songwriters group I’ve set up at UEA with fellow award holder Emily Parish and look forward to the songwriting we can encourage and facilitate amongst UEA students.


Emma Poole (HUM) - Piano

My name is Emma Poole and I’m a foundation year Literature student. I have been playing the piano since I was six years old. I enjoy accompanying other musicians, whether it be a performance or a musical exam. I passed grade 8 piano with distinction in 2013 and have since been involved in accompanying choirs and bands, as well as several individual performances. The Music Award has encouraged me to make use of my musical abilities whilst at university, rather than hiding them.


Alice Vickery (LDC) - Soprano

Hi! I'm Alice Vickery and I am a second year English Literature and Creative Writing student. I've had a really interesting time with the UEA Music Centre, performing as a soprano in the Chamber Choir, with the UEA Music Society Big Band, and acting as the publicist for the 2017 UEA Opera Society production of Dido and Aeneas.  I particularly enjoy songs from musicals and achieved a Distinction at Grade 8 Musical Theatre a few years ago. I also enjoy big jazz ballads and folks songs, both of which have become part of my repertoire. Hannah Francis has been a wonderful singing teacher, not just for my physical technique but my mental capability. Singing is a wonderful art and I continue to look for performance opportunities to improve myself further.


Joshua Ward (HIS) - Violin

'Hello! I’m Josh and I’m currently a second year History student. Aside from studying History, I play the violin and drum kit; to a Grade 8 and Grade 7 standard respectively. Whilst at UEA I have enjoyed leading the second violins of the UEASO, and singing as a bass in the Chamber Choir; as well as progressing my drum kit skills in the Music Society’s Big Band and Jazz Collective. The music scholarship has given me the opportunity to meet new and like-minded musicians, and have the support to further my own playing and musicianship- including the formation of my own string quartet, Highly Strung, which has featured in a number of UEA concerts. Outside of performance, my own musical interest is varied and wide-ranging; enjoying artists and composers from Rush, Yes, Elgar and Puccini.'


Howard Winfield (AMA) - Tenor

Howard is a final year undergraduate studying Archaeology, Anthropology and Art History. He has been playing the drums for 14 years and sings as a Tenor in various choirs in Norwich. He has been an active member of the UEA Music Society since he started, playing the drums for the UEA Jazz Collective and UEA Big Band, whilst also being involved with Music Centre ensembles, either as part of the UEA Choir or Chamber Choir. This year, he is co-President of the UEA Music Society and conducts the UEA Big Band, and continues to sing as a Choral Scholar at St. Peter Mancroft, Norwich. He has been taking lessons with award-winning Baritone, Gareth Williams, performing his first solo recital in December 2016 at the Old Rectory, Clenchwharton, in rural Norfolk. With the Music Centre Award, he has been able to continue these singing lessons which have completely turned his shyness into singing with confidence and provided vital techniques to be able to have a long career as a Tenor and musician.


Caitlin Woods (CMP) - Composer

My name is Caitlin Woods and I am a composer. I completed my Bachelor of Music (Hons) at the University of Western Australia and a Graduate Diploma in Music Technology at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts. I have been working as a professional freelance composer for the last eight years, whilst also undertaking a Masters in Music Technology at the University of Limerick in 2012. Recent commissions have come from the State Ballet of Western Australia, the University of East Anglia (a sound design commission for an exhibition at the Natural History Museum in 2014), and various ensembles and private individuals, including a choral work to celebrate Shakespeare's 400th anniversary which premiered in Norwich last year. My music has been performed in Australia, the UK, China, and Europe. My Masters studies in Music Technology ignited a passion for all things technical and I am currently undertaking a Masters in Computing Science at UEA, with the aim of applying this to a career in audio software development. My musical contribution to the University will be a new musical work to be performed in the 2017-18 concert series by one of UEA’s ensembles.