Festival Committee

Jude Douglass

Festival Coordinator

Jude is a keen amateur musician who has recently taken up the piano after a lifetime of singing in chamber choirs and small ensembles. She successfully runs her own business and is an active fundraiser and events organiser in her village: in her time on the village events team, they have raised over £200,000 for local charities.

Professor Nicholas Marston

Artistic Director

Nicholas Marston is Professor of Music Theory and Analysis in the Faculty of Music at Cambridge University. He is also Vice-Provost, Praelector, and Director of Studies in Music of King’s College. Nicholas came up to Cambridge in 1977 as a Choral Exhibitioner at Corpus Christi College. His PhD dissertation was on the sketches for Beethoven’s opus 109 piano sonata. He has been a lecturer in Music at the Universities of Exeter, Bristol and Oxford, before returning to Cambridge. His research interests range across Beethoven manuscript studies; theory and analysis (especially Schenkerian analysis); Schumann (especially the Lieder, and later choral music); and the history of the choral foundation at King’s College.

Rachel Stroud

Chamber Music Coordinator

Rachel Stroud is a baroque violinist and in the final stages of completing a PhD on ‘Notation and Performance in Beethoven’s Late String Quartets’ at King’s College, Cambridge. After graduating from Cambridge in 2010, Rachel toured with the EU Baroque Orchestra before studying Historical Performance at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague with Walter Reiter and Kati Debretzeni. She now works professionally as a freelance violinist alongside her academic research, and has performed all over the world with orchestras such as OAE, Brecon Baroque, La Serenissima, Ex Cathedra, PRJCT Amsterdam, Symphonie Atlantique and Les Passions de l’Ame. Rachel represents the voice of her generation of period performers on the Council of the Academy of Ancient Music, and plays on a baroque violin made by Jonathan Woolston which is on loan to her from Nigel Brown and the Stradivari Trust.

Stephane Crayton

New Music Coordinator

Stephane is a composer based in Cambridge who studied at King’s College as an undergraduate and is now working on a PhD. His research examines the identity of new music, focusing in particular on the relationship between music and various types of imprisonment. Stephane is a founding member of the musical and theatrical collective, ‘rites’, alongside Zephyr Brüggen and Rachel Stroud. He also teaches at the junior department of the Royal Academy of Music.

You can find out more here:  www.stephanecrayton.com

Dr Ceri Owen

Lieder Coordinator

Ceri is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Cambridge Song Festival. She is a prize-winning pianist, song accompanist, researcher and writer. Her DPhil (Oxon) thesis was on the idea of song in the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams. She has recently moved from her Fellowship in Music at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge to take up a post as Lecturer and Director of Performance in the University of Birmingham.

Tara Hill

Marketing Adviser & City Music Societies Coordinator

Tara is the Communications Assistant at Britten Sinfonia, assisting with Marketing and Fundraising for the orchestra. She graduated from King’s College Cambridge with a degree in Music in June 2018, having run the King’s College Music Society in 2017-18. She is a keen Clarinettist and Saxophonist, and teaches these instruments in her spare time.

Joseph Zubier

College Music Society Coordinator

Joseph is a third-year-undergraduate choral and academic scholar of King’s College, Cambridge, where he is also the Junior President of the King’s College Music Society. At King’s, Joseph performs daily with the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, including regular appearances on television and radio, as well as an extensive international touring programme. Joseph holds a fellowship diploma of Trinity College, London, having passed his Licentiate diploma, with distinction, in February 2016. Joseph is a keen conductor, and most recently has conducted Debussy’s Nocturnes in King’s College Chapel.