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.
The Big Band is directed by Toby Nelms. Toby was awarded the Henry Wood Scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music where his teachers included Jonathan Cole, Haris Kittos and Mike Moran. As a jazz soloist, Toby has held residencies in London and further afield, most notably the Savoy Hotel. Toby plays with a number of groups including his own Street-Nelms Jazz Quartet. Recent performances include at Clarence House for HRH The Prince of Wales and this year at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Late Night Prom series. As a composer Toby was awarded first prize in the 2013 Polonsky Foundation competition for his work 'A Lost Child'.
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.