Trainee Board Members appointed

27 September 2017

As part of our recently launched Hebrides Academy, we’re delighted to introduce our two Trainee Board Members, Gareth Mattey and Michael Devlin. Hebrides Academy provides support and professional opportunities for those at the early stages of their career in the sector and we’re excited to have Gareth and Michael join the Hebrides Board.

Gareth recently graduated from Trinity Hall, Cambridge, achieving a First Class BA Hons in English and pursuing an MPhil on the relationship of opera and film. While studying, Gareth was heavily involved in student theatre and music as a director, having the good fortune to direct and produce a wide variety of different works, from Handel’s Semele to Britten’s Curlew River. In his third year, he co-directed the UK premiere of the chamber version of John Tavener’s Mary of Egypt with Theodora Tavener in King’s College Chapel. Since graduating, he has assisted for British Youth Opera, the National Youth Music Theatre, the Cambridge Greek Play, the Royal Academy of Music and the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy, while also observing productions with the Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre and Music Theatre Wales. He is currently studying for an MA in Opera Making and Writing as a librettist at Guildhall School of Music & Drama and will be making his first short film after receiving a Random Acts North commission.

Michael Devlin graduated in 2015 from the University of Edinburgh with a degree in Economics and Accounting. He works in the Marketing and Communications Department of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, having previously gained experience working with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and Aldeburgh Music. Last year, Michael participated in the League of American Orchestra’s Essentials of Orchestra Management seminar in Los Angeles as one of thirty emerging orchestra leaders from across the United States and beyond. He is passionate about the contribution that the arts can bring to society, particularly youth orchestral music-making. He was Principal Clarinet of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in 2013 and now enjoys his position as Conductor of the University of Edinburgh’s Sinfonia.

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