St Hilda's College has a strong commitment to music, and world-class music facilities. The Jacqueline du Pré Music Building has a Steinway D concert grand piano, recording studio and well-equipped practice rooms.
Our team work to promote music-making within College. Please contact them to enquire about joining our orchestra or choir or to book the JdP's facilities.
Professor Martyn Harry, John Bennett Lecturer in Music at St Hilda's College and Artistic Director of the JdP
Professor Martyn Harry is also a contemporary classical composer specialising in instrumental music, opera and music theatre. Professor Harry oversees the JdP's programming and organises a wide range of events such as the annual M@SH Marathon and various composition workshops throughout the year. M@SH is the research centre for experimental 'Music at St Hilda’s' headed up by Martyn. It presents concerts of contemporary classical music, experimental music, and electro-acoustic music as well as various interdisciplinary projects based at the JdP and maintains strong links with the the Faculty of Music.
Dr Jonathan Williams, Director of St Hilda's College Music
Dr Jonathan Williams is a renowned conductor, orchestrator, composer and musicologist. He was appointed as the first Director of College Music in 2006. In his freelance career, he works at the highest level as an orchestrator, conductor and teacher and has built up an enviable reputation making music both live and in the recording studio.
Born in Wales, Dr Williams began conducting while studying music at Manchester University. On moving to Oxford to undertake postgraduate research on the operas of Jean-Philippe Rameau, he conducted the first staged run on period instruments in Britain of Mozart's Idomeneo (with a young Ian Bostridge covering the title role) and a performance of Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex described in Opera magazine as 'simply one of the best I have seen'.
Dr Williams has since worked with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Concert Orchestra, English National Ballet, English Chamber Orchestra, Liverpool Philharmonic, London Mozart Players, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, as well as numerous choral societies and amateur orchestras, including the University of London Choir and Orchestra and Oxford Chamber Orchestra and Ealing Choral Society.
In the studio, Dr Williams has worked on award-winning music for TV and film (including Andes to Amazon for the BBC and with Oscar winner, Gabriel Yared). As Orchestral Director of Nimrod Productions, the UK's leading producer of media music, Jonathan's work as composer, orchestrator and conductor at Abbey Road studios can be heard on orchestral soundtracks with sales of over 60 million copies, most notably with Emmy award-winner Sean Callery (SKY's 24) and for the Novello award-winning score for Sony's video game Killzone 2.
Dr Williams was a professor at the GSMD for nine years and has taught Orchestration at Oxford since 1992. His doctoral work came to fruition with the Rameau Project, a major research venture seeking to advance our understanding of Rameau's stage works. This collaboration between Oxford University, the OAE, Rameau scholars, musicians and dancers worldwide, began with the modern première of his Bärenreiter edition of Anacréon (1754) in Oxford in 2012. Thanks to generous research fellowships from the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) and the University's John Fell Fund, Dr Williams’s work continued during 2014 (Rameau's anniversary year) with a recording of Anacréon for Signum Classics (the first studio recording of a Rameau opera in the UK for over 30 years), numerous BBC broadcasts and the performance of three Rameau operas with the OAE at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.
Joel Baldwin, Manager of the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building
Joel is the manager of the JdP Music Building and organises the concert series and many other events that take place at the venue. Joel oversees the planning, marketing and livestreaming of the JdP Concert Series and, with a team of supervisors and stewards, assists with externally-promoted concerts, recording sessions, the community/education programme and internal college events. As a composer, he is also involved with new music-making at St Hilda's and is on hand to help students plan and run their own musical events here.
Georgia Davies, Admin & Marketing Assistant
Georgia Davies supports the team at the JdP with the day-to-day administration, ticketing and marketing of the professional concert series and assists with the booking and organisation of other musical and external events that take place here. She works closely with the JdP Manager, the Director of College Music and the JdP Community and Education Co-ordinator, as well as maintaining close links with the Domestic Bursar’s office, the College Lodge and the Buildings team. She is a recent graduate of Music and Spanish from the University of Leeds and is an accomplished musician who plays the viola and bass viol.
Dr Alexandra Buckle is Lecturer in Music at St Hilda's College.