Ensembles are either directed by professional musicians or passionate members of the music societies who themselves are extremely talented. As Music at QMUL continues to develop, so too do its Ensemble Directors, who become part of the QMUL community themselves.
Jamie Rogers is an Organist, Pianist and Conductor based in London. He studied organ at the Royal Academy of Music, London with Professor David Titterington and Bine Bryndorf, where he graduated in 2019 with a Master of Arts (DipRam). During his time there he was awarded the Eric Thiman Organ Prize, William John Kipps Scholarship, the C.H Trevor prize, the Norman Askew Prize, and has also been generously supported by the Countess of Munster; having been granted the Derek Butler Award in 2017.
Growing up in the seaside town of Deal, Kent, Jamie first began to establish a musical profile from an early age. He was educated at Canterbury Christ Church University, studying Piano with David Rees-Williams and John Irving, and Organ with Paul Stubbings, graduating with a BMus (Hons) in 2013. During Jamie’s time at Canterbury Christ Church University, he was Organist and Director of Music of the University Chapel, working as a recitalist and accompanist in Kent. From 2013-2018 he held the post as Organist and teacher of music at St Lawrence College, Ramsgate, where he gained QTS and maintained a performance profile, featuring as part of a regular recital series.
Jamie enjoys a varied musical career. He is a professional church musician; working as the Assistant Director of Music at St Marylebone Parish Church, London. He teaches piano at Junior King’s School, Canterbury and also teaches organ privately. An established jazz pianist, Jamie has been appointed to direct QMJazz at Queen Mary University London. As an organ recitalist and accompanist, his recent performances include, St Omer Cathedral, the Basilica of St Andrea della Valle, Canterbury Cathedral, St Peter’s Basilica, the Deal Festival of Music and Arts, Sounds New Festival, the Canterbury Festival, Rochester Cathedral, the Shrine of St Augustine, Neresheim Abbey, St Marylebone Church, the St Marylebone Festival, St Mary le Bow, Holy Trinity Church Sloane Square, as well as Broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM.
Dr Michelle Castelletti
The Choir of Barts and The London is directed by Dr Michelle Castelletti. Dr Michelle Castelletti is a conductor, composer and curator with a passion for cross-Art and site-specific curation. She is also a Soprano and loves lyrical dramatic roles. After leaving her post as music lecturer and conductor at university, as well as the running of Sounds New Contemporary Music Festival in Canterbury, Michelle became the Artistic Director of the Royal Northern College of Music, as both an Arts Centre, and as a Conservatoire. She has been invited as a speaker on several national and international conferences, as well as auditions and jury panels, including the British Composer Awards, European Capital of Culture (Valletta2018) and Venice Biennale (for Malta). She has created and developed significant national and international partnerships. Michelle is the Artistic Director of the Malta International Arts Festival, with a remit to lead towards European Capital of Culture 2018.