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Music alumni - profiles

Music Department iconOur alumni can be found throughout the music profession, in music education, music administration, performance, composition and the music industry.

Our music graduates in general also do very well in employment beyond the boundaries of music.

Please read our undergraduate and postgraduate profiles below for more details.

Bex Gibson - Performance Venue & Stage Manager at the Royal College of Music

Music Department alumniBex graduated from Kingston University in 2008 with an honours degree in music, having specialised in composition. During the final year of her degree she completed an arts management module which culminated in a performance at the Royal Albert Hall, a project which highlighted her growing passion for the arts and natural aptitude for concert management.

Immediately upon graduating, Bex began what was to become a very successful career in the arts; she enjoyed a six-month internship with the Orchestra of St John’s as their Concerts Assistant and then spent over a year as Concerts Assistant at the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. It being a relatively small office meant that Bex’s responsibilities were varied, ranging from assistance with concert project management and logistics, touring abroad with the orchestra, research for marketing campaigns and front of house duties.

In 2012 Bex’s experience took her to the Royal College of Music where she carried out the role of Performance Coordinator for a year before being promoted to her current position, Performance Venue & Stage Manager, a newly created role which highlighted Bex’s sound organisation of concert and stage logistics, and venue management. On a day-to-day basis Bex is responsible for the successful delivery of a busy artistic programme at the Royal College of Music, including orchestral concerts, masterclasses, chamber concerts and operas almost every week. Bex has also travelled with various RCM ensembles and managed concerts in venues including the Royal Festival Hall, Guildford Cathedral and the Royal Albert Hall. In July 2012 Bex travelled to Versailles with the RCM Baroque Orchestra for a performance at the Palace of Versailles with Sir Roger Norrington.

During her time at the RCM Bex has established and managed the cutting edge series, Great Exhibitionists, in which students submit ideas for concerts and projects they’d like to put on which are new, exciting, cross-genre and often making unorthodox use of venues, lighting, staging and even instruments. The next series of Great Exhibitionists, curated by RCM students and programmed and managed by Bex, is on 11 and 12 March 2014. Bex has been working at the RCM for two years in the very busy and musically active Performance & Programming office, alongside another Kingston University graduate, Katherine Hainsworth. She is looking forward to a long career in concert and venue management and is currently thriving in this area and enjoying immersing herself constantly in a stimulating musical environment.

Agus Gonzalez-Lancharro - Composing for Film and TV MMus 

After having successfully dedicated my professional life to electric guitar for 8 years, I started to get more and more attracted to orchestral and production music composition and that way of life was more appealing to me than living on the road constantly. I started to learn stuff on my own and then decided to join the MMus programme of Composing for Film and TV at Kingston University. Although my first idea was to score films and games, one of the clinics by a former student was focusing in licensing music for productions and it was an eye opener. I thought that it would be a good way to gain a solid income if I could manage to focus on Hollywood movie trailers. Just a handful months after that chat at Kingston my company, Really Slow Motion, was up and running and within the first 6 months I placed music in Hollywood campaigns such as Star Trek Into Darkness, World War Z and Pacific Rim among others and my company quckly became well known at the Music Clearance scene of major studios in L.A. That programme at Kingston helped me to discover there was a business side of composing and licensing your music that needed to be explored. It turned out to be a life changing move!

Louisa Rosalind - Music BMus (Hons)

I am currently a secondary school music teacher and vocal coach. I particularly like teaching music as it still allows me to be involved in the musical world dealing with all different genres of music with a steady salary without the pressures of being a freelance musician! Music education is a rewarding career and although I have only been teaching three years now, it is something that could never get boring. The kids teach you a lot and you continue to learn all the time.

My time at Kingston really helped me come to the decision to be a Music Teacher. The course is quite broad to begin with and you get a chance to experience and appreciate music as a wider topic, and then start to specialise as you work towards your final year. The academic degree from Kingston has been particularly useful for music teaching as it gives a solid background for the subject knowledge required.

Katie Malcolmson - Creative Music Technologies BMus (Hons)

I am currently working at [PIAS] UK – one of Europe's leading independent record labels and distribution companies. Although I am on reception, I am gaining valuable experience of the music industry on a daily basis, as well as being presented with opportunities to talk to and work with professionals in the industry, for example, labels, A&R, managers, bands and artists. We work with bands such as Alt-J, Gallows, and Andy Burrows amongst many others, and the perks include regular gigs in the office at lunchtimes, being on the guest list to shows and free records!

I also write album, single and live reviews for two online music magazines, GoldFlakePaint and Bearded. I think it's vital to stay as productive as possible in your free time, as it gives you valuable experience and the chance to hone your skills and meet people. I am also continuing to write music, play shows, record and tour as Katie Malco. I recently embarked on a 2 week tour around Europe, and I'm due to record an album in summer which will be released on a small indie label later in the year.

My time at Kingston University helped me to focus on what it was I wanted to do in music, as well as help me develop the talents and skills I already possessed, showing me how I could make use of them. I also worked at Banquet Records whilst at Uni, which is how I came across [PIAS], who are one of Banquet's suppliers! So I think it's true that everything you do will lead on to something else.

I am currently working as a freelance composer and teacher. After graduating from Kingston I went on to complete a Masters in Music Composition at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, before embarking on a portfolio career. Since then I have taught music (in various forms) for several London boroughs, as well as teaching peripatetic lessons privately. I have also worked as a music editor for a publishing company and have completed numerous composition commissions and arrangements.

Kingston's varied degree gave me a good foundation in lots of areas of music, both on an academic and a practical level, that have enabled me to pursue such a varied career. The rigorous academic skills I learnt have helped me with writing funding proposals and pursuing research interests, while the advice on careers in the arts has been invaluable. The time management skills I learnt at Kingston are used on a daily basis, both on a professional level with my career, and now as I juggle it alongside family life. Finally, the relationships I developed whilst at Kingston are still vital to me even though I've moved on, as I have since worked and collaborated with other Kingston music alumni. Above all, the degree allowed me to develop a wide range of skills which have enabled me to survive the rather mad and crazy life of a freelance musician!

Upon completing the course I worked in an administrative role at the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music for four months, but quickly realised that a desk-job wasn't for me. I found it difficult to pursue composing and performing opportunities with a full-time job, and so I took the decision to quit and became self-employed. Work was slow to come at first but I gradually built up a varied selection of regular and semi-regular employment, including composing for theatre productions, teaching piano, guitar and djembe, accompanying singers, and administrating for a great charity called The Musical Brain.

Every week is different and I love the freedom of being my own boss. My studies at Kingston certainly helped to develop my musical skills across the board and prepared me well for a diverse career in music. Being self-employed is a challenge, but one that continues to excite and motivate me and I wouldn't change it for the world!

Alison Griggs - Creative Music Technologies BMus (Hons)

I'm currently living in Sydney, Australia, working for the Australian Songwriters Association. It involves a lot of different roles, including; PA to the Managing Director & Board Chairman, Booking Agent, Music/Record Distributor, Event Manager, Office Manager. I'm also finding time to use my musical skills, teaching drum kit lessons as well.

Daniel Adrian Derby - Creative Music Technologies BMus (Hons)

I am currently working at Peavey Electronics as their main contact for European Artist Relations. I get to work with new and established musicians and bands to provide ways of marketing our instruments and equipment. It's nice to be able to work in an industry I love and to be able to travel as part of my job. Due to my experiences at Kingston, I knew I would have to be involved in music as a career. The course gave me lots of skills that I use on a daily basis and it's nice to do something that is a bit off centre and not something I would have imagined when I first started University.

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