Alumni Profiles


Lucy Cox

16652009_10154376892942685_1942566374_nAfter leaving St Peter’s College, Lucy completed a performance Master’s at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Switzerland. She now works primarily as a soloist and small ensemble singer, travelling all over the world with organisations including the Fieri Consort, Alamire, Polyphony, and the Gabrieli Consort. She also enjoys opera performance, most recently playing First Witch in Purcell’s Dido and Aneas for the New London Consort at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, and she performs oratorio solos across the country, which last year included the soprano solos in Haydn’s Creation and Mozart’s Mass in C minor. Lucy also regularly participates in other projects, from running eduactional workshops, to recording backing tracks for Susan Boyle’s latest CD, to taking part in a series of interactive performances at Hampton Court Palace. Outside of singing, Lucy enjoys spending her time walking and hiking, and more recently bouldering along with several other London-based singers.

David Mahoney

DMSince graduating from Oxford University, David has enjoyed success with Classical Brit Award winning group Only Men Aloud, including performances at the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony, the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special and the Royal Variety Performance.

As a conductor and producer, David has worked with artists including Matt Cardle, Kerry Ellis, Ruthie Henshall, Russell Grant, John Owen-Jones, Lucie Jones, Sophie Evans, Caroline Sheen, Ben Forster, Lee Mead, Connie Fisher, Rufus Wainwright, Tim Minchin, Tim Rice, Andrew Lloyd-Webber, Roger Daltrey, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Petula Clark, Tony Hatch, David Arnold, Gemma Arterton and Laura Mvula.

Recent performances as conductor of The Novello Orchestra include the Wales Millennium Centre’s 10th Anniversary production Broadway to the BayLive with Pink Martini (Wales Millennium Centre), The Golden Age of Dance (Theatre Royal Drury Lane and Wales Millennium Centre), and Broadway in Concert (Wales Millennium Centre and the London Palladium).

Further credits include Show Producer for the BAFTA Cymru Awards, Music Supervisor for the Roald Dahl centenary celebrations ‘City of the Unexpected’, Creative Director / Conductor for Christmas on Broadway with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Artistic Director of the Cardiff Music Festival and Producer of television productions for BBC and ITV.
Upcoming productions include Disney’s The Jungle Book in Concert with The Novello Orchestra (Royal Festival Hall, London) and Musical Director / Music Supervisor for Tiger Bay the Musical (Artscape Theatre Cape Town and Wales Millennium Centre).
Mary Anne Barclay

mabFollowing graduation from in 2011 St Peter’s Mary Anne worked as the administrative and librarian assistant for The King’s Consort and also as an audience and youth development intern at a small arts centre in Suffolk. There she worked on setting up an ArtsAward scheme to encourage local young people to obtain extracurricular arts qualifications.
In 2012-2014 Mary Anne undertook the masters in music therapy training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. While there she worked on student placements at Coram Adoption Centre, a specialist school for those with autism, and for the NHS at an adult mental health inpatient service. Her final viva work focussed upon work with individuals living in the community with a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Her research project examined the ecological concept of affordance in relation to musical instrument use in clinical improvisations.
Once qualified, she worked for the Methodist Housing Association charity as part of their large music therapy provision for residents with a diagnosis of dementia and those at the end of their lives. Subsequently she moved to work for Suffolk Music Therapy Services where her case load is varied and includes work in primary schools with survivors of domestic violence, in secondary schools with those with severe emotional and behavioural needs, and with adults with learning disabilities and neurological conditions.
In addition to clinical music therapy work, Mary Anne also runs Singing for Lung Health groups in hospital and in the community, having been trained by the British Lung Foundation to provide singing classes for those with lung disease such as COPD. She continues to work with the BLF on their research into the health benefits of singing.
She is currently a fellow of the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme 2016/17 which is enabling the development of various of her projects into social enterprises to allow more people sustained access to music therapy and music for health.

David Quinn FRCO
David Quinn is a conductor, organist and 1395233_10151744187643528_101209979_naccompanist based in Oxford. He combines being Assistant Organist at Radley College and a Music Teacher at Headington Prep School with freelance work throughout the UK and further afield. He founded Polyhymnia, a female chamber choir based in Oxford in January 2016. Hailing from the North East of England, David was a chorister at Durham Cathedral where a long enduring passion for choral music developed. As well as touring and recording with the choir, it was in these early years that he took his first steps on the organ with James Lancelot. From there David moved on to Durham School and was subsequently awarded the organ scholarship at Newcastle Cathedral. Upon leaving his native North, David read music at Oxford University and held an organ scholarship at St Peter’s College. During this time he assisted the director of music Dr Roger Allen with all aspects of the chapel choir, frequently directing in services and concerts. He received organ lessons from Stephen Farr and conducting lessons from Paul Spicer and Patrick Russill. As well as his commitments at St Peter’s, David also directed the music at Pusey House. Upon graduating he moved to take on a postgraduate organ scholarship at Southwell Minster. During his tenure he accompanied the Minster Girls’ Choir and the Minster Chorale under the watchful eye of Simon Hogan and Paul Hale. He also accompanied the Cranmer Company of Singers in their programme of concerts and Cathedral tours. BA

Nancy Cole

Since leaving Oxford in 2009 Nancy has been pursuing a career in solo and ensemble singing. She is currently about to complete a two year Masters degree in Vocal Performance, under the direction of Peter Seymour at York University. Here she sings and performs as a regular soloist in the Yorkshire Bach Choir, the Yorkshire Baroque soloists and the Ebor singers. In 2011 she performed in a professional production of Purcell’s King Arthur  for the Early Music Festival, Britain’s premier festival of historically informed performance.

Her post-graduate work has specialised in the early repertoire of Monteverdi and Strozzi and also in Lieder singing, with a performance of Schumann’s Frauenliebe und Leben, accompanied by Peter Seymour. Nancy also auditioned successfully for ‘Genesis Sixteen,’ a new mentoring scheme run by The Sixteen. The year course, lead by Harry Christophers and Eamonn Dougan, prepares singers for a career in ensemble singing and aims to bridge the gap from student to professional practitioner. Most recently, Nancy helped to found a new professional ensemble entitled the Echori Soloists, whose premier performance in May 2012 was artistically directed by Mahan Esfahani, the renowned Harpsichordist of his generation. Nancy completes her MA at the end of the summer, when she will then be moving down to London to pursue her professional singing career.

Dr. Roger Allen

Dr Roger Allen,  (Director of Music, 2001- 2015) remains in post as Fellow and Tutor in Music. His main area of research isDr. Roger Allen in music of the late nineteenth century with special interests in Wagner, Bruckner, Elgar, and associated issues in the philosophy and aesthetics of music. His critical edition of Wagner’s seminal essay Beethoven (1870) was published in October 2014 and he has recently completed an intellectual biography of the conductor/composer Wilhelm Furtwängler (forthcoming 2017/18). He is a member of the editorial board of The Wagner Journal and current research projects include the preparation of new critical translations of some of Wagner’s prose works. He remains active in college as a performer and contributor to the musical life of St Peter’s. In Michaelmas 2015, Jeremy Summerly succeeded Roger as Director of Music at St Peter’s College.