They say that the hardest thing about conducting an orchestra is getting the musicans to start and finish together! They are an integral part of our society
Lucy Griffiths- assistant director of music
Lucy is the Assistant Director of Music at the University of Warwick. She studied for her undergraduate degree in Music at the University of Bristol, where she first discovered her passion for conducting.
She went on to work as a lecturer in Music at Portsmouth University before being awarded the prestigious sinfonia ViVA conducting scholarship. This allowed her to complete her masters in conducting at Birmingham Conservatoire, where she was twice awarded the Sir Michael Beech conducting prize. In addition to her work at the University of Warwick, Lucy also has a busy freelance calendar. In recent years, she has conducted the Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Chorus, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as part of Channel 4’s Faking It.
She has a wealth of experience both with singers and instrumentalists and is extremely active in the field of music education, community and outreach work. Lucy has worked on education projects with the University of Warwick Music Centre, the Warwick Arts Centre, and Welsh National Opera.
Paul Mcgrath- director of music
Paul studied at the National Opera Studio, London and won the prestigious conducting fellowship to the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester.
Outside the University Paul is well know as an Opera conductor. Productions he has conducted include; Orpheus in the Underworld for Opera North; Flight (Jonathan Dove) at de Vlaamse Opera, Belguim; La Boheme at the Opera House in Hannover, Germany; The Marriage of Figaro for Savoy Opera, London; La Perichole, Offenbach for Theater Basel, Switzerland; Le Nozze di Figaro for Opera Zuid, Holland; La Cenerentola, Rigoletto, The Pearl Fishers, Don Giovanni, Cosi fan Tutte, The Daughter of the Regiment, Manon and Carmen for English Touring Opera; La Sonnambula for Castleward Opera, Northern Ireland; The Royal Northern College of Music's production of Tchaikovsky's Orleanskaya Dyeva which won the Michelob Best Opera Award; Down by the Greenwood Side (Birtwistle) and The Bear (Walton) in Manchester and Los Angeles.
Paul was formerly Associate Conductor to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom his wide-ranging repertoire has included several world premiers. He made his BBC Proms début in the summer of 1997 conducting Deborah Warner's staging of Honegger's Jeanne d'Arc.
Paul has an enduring connection with the renowned British composer Michael Nyman. He conducted the British premiers of both Man and Boy: Dada and Love Counts at the Almeida Theatre, and has also conducted these operas in Italy and the USA. Both operas were recorded at Abbey Road Studios and released on the MNR label: www.mnrecords.com
Conducting engagements have included a Channel 4 Film, Mozart Lovers, Michael Nyman's opera, Love Counts and The Magic Flute for Opera North.