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UEA Music Centre launched in September 2014. The centre exists to encourage musical activity amongst UEA students and to allow musically-talented students at UEA a chance to improve and showcase their skills.

UEA Music Centre has a dedicated Director of Music and Music Administrator, who work together to ensure the smooth day-to-day running of the centre. If you have a query or would like to find out more, feel free to pop into the centre, at the end of The Street, UEA Campus, or contact us at musicevents@uea.ac.uk.

UEA Director of Music - Stuart Dunlop

Appointed Director of Music at UEA in 2014, Stuart’s commitment to student music spans more than 20 years, first as Assistant Director at Warwick University, then Director of Music at Reading, and now Director at UEA. Having been committed for so many years to the idea of making music in, for, and with a community, he is keen to help UEA’s thriving culture make a distinctive contribution to music in Norwich and in the region.

Stuart’s conducting career has included work with Hanover Band, Ulster Orchestra, Milton Keynes City Orchestra, Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic and choirs including City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Watford Philharmonic, and Milton Keynes Chorale.

He began musical life as a bassoonist, dividing his time between modern and period instruments, playing with Hanover Band, London Classical Players, and Alan Hacker’s multi-purpose ensemble The Music Party. He was lucky enough to do a lot of chamber music during this time – a formative influence.

As a contrast to late eighteenth century period instrument playing he founded a contemporary music group, the Parke Ensemble, which he conducted in music by Judith Weir, John Woolrich, Harrison Birtwistle, and many others, broadcasting on BBC Radio 3.

He devoted himself to conducting by taking the Royal Academy of Music’s postgraduate course, studying with Colin Metters and  Sir Colin Davis before becoming a Conducting Fellow at Aspen Music School in Colorado under Lawrence Foster, Murry Sidlin, and Robert Spano.

 

UEA Choirmaster - Tom Primrose

Tom Primrose graduated with distinction from the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with Michael Dussek and Malcolm Martineau, before which he was Assistant Organist and Director of the Girls’ Choir at Norwich Cathedral. 

As an accompanist he has won several prizes, including the Webb Award for Piano Accompaniment at the Richard Lewis Competition, the Dennis Horner Accompanist’s Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards, the Accompanist Prize at the Rosenblatt Competition, the Major Van Someren-Godfrey English Song Competition, and the Alfred Knight Prize.  He has also received a Musicians Benevolent Fund Performance Award and was supported at the Academy by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust.

Recent engagements include recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Oxford Lieder Festival, Vinterfestspiel in Norway, Northern Chords Festival, Coulston Hall, and the Sage Gateshead.  He has also featured a number of times on BBC radio and television, including a live recitals of Schubert, Britten and Poulenc and a number of appearances on "In Tune".  He has collaborated with a number of singers and instrumentalists including Ben Johnson, Susanna Hurrell, Mary Bevan, Christina Gansch (whom he accompanied to her 2014 Ferrier win), Sarah-Jane Davies, Rosie Aldridge, Clare Presland, Richard Dowling, Bozidar Smiljanic, Henry Neill, Rosie Coad, Tim Morgan, Hugh Montague Rendall, Adam Temple-Smith, Rozanna Madylus, Eloisa-Fleur Thom, Jonathan Bloxham, Brian O’Kane, Ben Baker, Emily Garland, Edward Ballard, and Sofia Larson, among others. 

As a choral conductor he has performed all over Europe, particularly in Italy and Scandinavia, and his choirs have been broadcast in the UK and abroad.  He also works as a chorus master, and has prepared choirs for Yan Pascal Tortellier, David Parry, Sharon Choa and others. Tom has been Director of the University of East Anglia Choir since 2010 and now directs the UEA Chamber Choir too.  He is also Artistic Co-Director of the Southrepps Classical Music Festival.