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. 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. 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. Dr Williams and his co-composers have been nominated for a 2018 BAFTA award for the soundtrack of Horizon Zero Dawn, Sony’s best-selling game of 2017.
James Adcock, Manager of the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building
James is the manager of the JdP Music Building and organises the concert series and many other events that take place at the venue. James 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. 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.
Harris Ferguson, Assistant Manager of the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building
The Assistant Manager is responsible for the day-to-day administration, ticketing and marketing of the professional concert series. They manage the booking and organisation of other musical and external events that take place here.
Dr Alexandra Buckle is Lecturer in Music at St Hilda's College.