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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 is a British conductor, accompanist and coach based in London. He is mainly known for his work in the field of vocal music, working with opera, song and choral repertoire.
He studied at Worcester College Oxford with Robert Saxton and the Royal Academy of Music with Michael Dussek and Malcolm Martineau, during which time he won a number of prizes for piano accompaniment.
He has strong connections with Norfolk where he co-directs Southrepps Music Festival, conducts the Choir and Chamber Choir at the University of East Anglia, and was formerly Assistant Organist and Director of the Girls' Choir at Norwich Cathedral. He is on the music staff at Grange Festival Opera in Hampshire, where he worked as chorus-master and an assistant conductor, as well as a repetiteur. He is also Director of Music at St John's Notting Hill and Assistant Director of Music at St Luke's Chelsea.
Tom has performed in many of the UK's principal concert halls including Wigmore Hall, Sage Gateshead and the Elgar Room Royal Albert Hall. He has collaborated with many of the leading singers and instrumentalists of his generation including Ben Johnson, Susanna Hurrell, Mary Bevan, Christina Gansch (whom he accompanied to her 2014 Ferrier win), Jonathan McGovern, Michael Chance, Sarah-Jane Davies, Javier Camarena, Clare Presland, Jenny Stafford, Richard Dowling, Bozidar Smiljanic, Henry Neill, Timothy Morgan, Adam Temple-Smith, Eloisa-Fleur Thom, Jonathan Bloxham, Brian O’Kane, Ben Baker, Emily Garland, Edward Ballard, among many others. He has featured regularly on radio and television both in the UK and abroad.
He has also toured widely both as a conductor and pianist, particularly in Italy and Scandinavia, and his choirs have been broadcast in the UK and abroad. Work in opera has also taken him recently to Poland and South Korea. He has prepared choirs for Yan Pascal Tortellier, David Parry, Sharon Choa and others and has assisted a number of other conductors.
Tom has been Director of the University of East Anglia Choir since 2010, and the Chamber choir since September 2017.