Music Award Holder Profiles 2018-19 Music Award Holder Profiles 2018-19

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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Pip Mattich (LDC) - Viola

I am in my first year at UEA, studying English literature. I started playing the violin when I was three years old in the Suzuki school of music. I later picked up the trumpet when I was seven and the viola when I was eleven. Since then I have played in several orchestras, chamber groups and jazz and wind bands, with highlights such as playing in the Royal Albert Hall. Playing at UEA has given me the opportunity to continue playing in a wide variety of bands and in concerts.

Abigail Gunn (HIS) - Flute

I’m Abigail, and I’m a flute player studying for an MA in Landscape History. I’ve been playing the flute since the age of seven and have participated in a multitude of orchestras and ensembles throughout my life. Since joining UEA, I’ve had the opportunity to be involved with the UEA Music Society, playing in the Concert Band and participating in joint performances with Drama Society and the Drama department, and have also enjoyed the experience of playing in the UEASO. The Music Award has provided me with the resources to start a flute ensemble within the music society which I have been running since last year, while also allowing for opportunities to perform my solo repertoire.


Zachary Starr (CMP) - French Horn

Hey! I'm Zach and I'm in my second year of an Actuarial Sciences degree. My main study instrument is the French Horn, which I have been playing since I was six years old. I also play piano and organ. I am using the Music Centre Award to further my prowess in each of these instruments. I am currently a member of the UEA Music Centre Chamber Choir and Symphony Orchestra and also a member of the Music Society Choir, Brass Ensemble, and the A Capella group, Concordia. I am a Deputy Tenor Lay Clerk at Norwich Cathedral and I am also involved in various professional choirs and recordings. 

Jess Honey (LDC) - Soprano

I'm Jess, and I'm in 3rd year studying English Literature. I've been a Music Centre Award holder since 1st year and it has been fantastic as it has supported me in developing my musicianship throughout university. I particularly love singing in Chamber Choir and my acapella group Concordia. In my role as Vice President of Music Society, I also have an experience of student leadership, and I love being in Music Society ensembles.


Joshua Ward (HIS) - Violin

Hello, my name is Joshua Ward and I am studying for an MA in Medieval History at UEA. I play a number of instruments, the main two being the violin and the drum kit, and I am also a singer. I have grown up playing in many ensembles of varying size and genre, from orchestras and choirs to big bands and folk groups. At UEA I play the violin in the UEASO,  the drums in the Music Society Concert Band, and conduct the Music Society Big Band (for which I formerly played the drums). Formerly I sang Bass in the UEA Chamber Choir, but now sing in the a cappella group Concordia and the Music Society Choir. I also occasionally play gigs for the Music Society, which last year included performing with a jazz quartet for the 2017 graduation ceremonies.  This year will be the fourth year I have received a Music Award from the Music Centre. Overall, the Music Awards have given me the enterprise to gain new experiences as well as ensuring I have the means to support any music-related endeavours. They have also ensured that I maintain a good relationship with the Music Centre, and that as a representative of the prestigious Music Award at this large university, I strive for a high standard in my music making.

Gayatri Mullaparthi (BIO) - Violin

Gayatri began learning the violin at the age of 4, following the Suzuki method. At age 7, she started the piano and has since performed both instruments in a wide variety of settings. As a music scholar at school, she was able to develop her solo performance, eventually performing Vieuxtemps Concerto No.5 with the school orchestra, which she also led. As a member of NCO, BYO and AYM, Gayatri was able to enhance her chamber music skills and was privileged enough to do this over a range of genres from classical to jazz and contemporary. She is now a first year student at UEA, and an active member of the UEA music community, as an award holder. She looks forward to performing with her Quartet and the Orchestra in the future and taking part in UEA music outreach programmes. 


Charlotte Briggs (BIO) - Composer

Hello, I’m Charlotte, in my final year of studying Biological Sciences with a Year in Industry. Music has been an important part of my university experience since the beginning – I’ve been in a few choirs here and have had the opportunity to be a Musical Director for UEA Showchoir since 2015. Showchoir is a non-auditioned group of singers who perform across campus with our talented band throughout the year. Unlike most music groups across campus, there is no requirement to be able to read music. Teaching in a call-and-response way means more accessibility to anyone who loves singing. Other than being in choirs before my degree, I had limited musical knowledge, but got noticed having a good ear for harmonies; I’ve self-taught and developed ways to arrange and teach over the past few years. I’m very grateful to receive a Music Award this year – it has given me an extra boost in confidence that what I’m doing is of a good standard in contributing to the music community here at UEA, as I continue to develop and learn more professionally as a composer and leader of the choir


Abigail Langley (ENV) - Oboe

Hi I’m Abi and I’m in my 2nd year of studying for a BSC in Geography. I have been playing oboe for 11 years and gained grade 8 distinction in 2015. My musical background is dominated by orchestral playing, however I also love playing and conducting smaller ensembles such as chamber orchestras and wind quintets. My solo performance interests lie in 20th century pieces that push technical, harmonic and instrumental boundaries. Whilst being at UEA I have enjoyed being a part of the symphony orchestra, the oboe trio, Earlham trio, a Mozart quartet, community choir and concert band. The music centre award has been great to expand my repertoire, attend masterclasses and help me afford reeds!


Niklas Henderson (CMP) - Cello

I have been playing cello since the age of 7 and passed my grade 8 with Distinction in 2015. In my 11 years as a cellist, I have been a Pro Corda Champion with the Bennett Diocesan Brandenburg Ensemble, was principal in the West Kent Youth Orchestra, and currently play with the Norwich Pops. This year will also be my third year playing with the UEA Symphony Orchestra - two of which I have played as principal cellist. UEA has opened a door for me in terms of musical opportunities, and I hope to make music here for many years to come.

Harry Lawrence (AMA) - Singer/songwriter

Hi, I’m Harry. I love to play the piano and sing/rap. I teach lessons in beginner’s piano (how to learn by ear) and enjoy spoken word poetry. I study American Literature and write poetry/scripts/children’s books. Lately, I’ve been performing to residents for a local care home and am going to become a part-time caregiver. I will hopefully finish my album soon, under the pseudonym “Deloreance”.

Lexine Lee (LDC) - Soprano

Since starting choir at school in 2007, Lexine has found an enjoyment for singing and music-making as part of a friendly community. As well as going on to achieve Grade 8 Singing to expand her solo repertoire, she was also a member of the Royal Hospital School Chapel Choir, performing on occasions such as The St. Paul’s Cathedral Seafarer’s Service, The Royal Navy’s Admiralty Carol Service at St. Martin-In-The-Fields, the Opening Ceremony of the Invictus Games, and a Choir Tour to Malta; in addition, she has had the honour of being a soloist in the school’s Choirs Concert, Carols Concert, and various Chapel services.

Lexine also has a strong musical theatre background – performing as an orphan in a professional production of Annie; Sandy in a school production of Grease; in Beauty and the Beast at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts; as well as training with the National Youth Music Theatre, Guildford School of Acting, and the National Theatre.

Apart from singing, Lexine is a keen trombone player – reaching Grade 4 during her last year at school, where she played with Marching Band, Concert Band, Brass Band, and Big Band. She is very excited to be a part of the music community at UEA!

Afonso Froes (CHE) - Bass guitar

I’m Fons and I’m one of the last few people on the Biological & Medicinal Chemistry MChem programme (in my final year). I’ve been playing jazz bass guitar for 11 years and joined the UEA Music Society in my first year of university. I started off playing bass for Big Band, which I still do, and recently joined concert band on baritone saxophone. Outside UEA, I host a monthly event called Cactus Jam with a group of friends where, in a very friendly and approachable “neo soul”/hip-hop context, we explore my favourite aspects of music: improvisation and communication. I also attend and help organise a variety of jazz jam sessions in Norwich. Being a Music Centre Award holder motivates me to try to help other UEA musicians, introducing them to these free-form types of music that I’m so comfortable with, as almost everyone I meet at university seems to be classically trained and somewhat shy when it comes to improvising.


Desmond Nji Atanga (MED) - Composer

Having listened to choral music since his infancy, Desmond Nji Atanga was charmed by a lyricized dolce version of G.F. Handel’s ‘Air’ from Water Music Suite 1 which he first listened to, when he was 12 years. It was performed by the largest choir of English choral tradition in the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon—the New Zion Choir—as its anthem. His love for classical music became heightened shortly afterwards when he listened to the orchestral rendition on Cameroon Radio and Television.

He joined the New Zion Choir at the age of 15 as the youngest chorister and sang in tenor and later in bass, where he was part leader. He started conducting the choir at the age of 18, having studied music theory in staff and sol-fah notations, mentored by its director, Ndamukong Gabriel. He served as 2nd assistant music director of the choir from 2012 to 2014. He studied music for sacred worship as part of his Biblical and theological studies with the Faith Bible Institute, USA and the Faith Baptist Bible College in Bamenda, Cameroon. He currently mentors learners of varying ages in music.                                             

His first composition—'Grand Matriculation’—was commissioned in 2014 for matriculation ceremonies by The University of Bamenda. He also orchestrated the university’s anthem. He has since then, composed many hymns and anthems like: ‘Song of the Patriot,’ ‘As I sing to the Lord, I pray,’ ‘I Acknowledge your Mighty Hand Oh God’ and ‘But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah.’

He speaks of his music award as: ‘I’d never thought of winning a music award. So, my Music Centre Award is a humbling thing to me. This will enable me procure more music books and a new keyboard.’

As of 2019, Desmond is doing an MSc in Health Economics at the Norwich Medical School and he sings in the UEA Choir. He also has experience working to promote sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services and the fight against HIV/AIDS among girls, women and youth in Cameroon and globally. As a young leader, he proposes that more young people should get used to classical music for their mental well-being. 

Taekyung Lee (INTO) - Piano

I am Taekyung, and I am a pianist. I am studying foundation in Business at INTO, and soon will study History of Art for the undergraduate. I started playing the piano when I was 5 with a love for classical music. I have various experiences in musical activities. I have learned violin and Gayageum (a traditional Korean string instrument) and have been an accompanist for school choir and a pianist for school orchestra. I especially like the music of romantic composers, especially Rachmaninoff, Liszt, and Chopin. I also enjoy listening to Ravel and Debussy. I love watching musical movies as well listening to the soundtrack. Music fulfils my life, and I am glad for the opportunity that UEA has offered to enhance my musical skills.