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Destinations of Music Graduates

A Cambridge degree in Music doesn’t tie you into a career in music though it is a very good basis for one. Whilst many do go into careers that are connected to the music industry, many choose careers not connected with music at all.

The list below shows the huge variety of careers that have been followed by Cambridge University Music graduates.

Non-Music careers

  • Barrister (family law specialist)
  • Goldman Sachs: Analyst
  • Foreign & Commonwealth Office: Diplomat
  • Baker Tilly:  Chartered Accountant
  • Lloyds TSB:  Credit Analyst
  • Procter & Gamble: Brand Manager
  • Barclays Capital: Analyst
  • Department of Work and Pensions: Strategy Team Leader
  • Church of England: Vicar
  • Sport England: Head of Growth
  • Cambridge University: Development and Alumni Relations Officer
  • IBM UK Limited:  Publishing Specialist
  • MC2 (Manchester):  PR Consultant
  • Children’s Society: Trustee
  • MP specializing in Human Rights and International Development
  • Conference and Exhibition Producer
  • Kings College London: Programme Director in Child Studies
  • Clon Communications: Technical Leader (software development)
  • Hammersmith & Fulham Borough Council: Team Support Officer
  • Dorling Kindersley: Editor
  • Naxos Audio Books: Publisher
  • Jack Wills Graduate Scheme: Retail Manager

Music careers

  • North London Collegiate School: Director of Music
  • EMI: Audio Restoration Engineer
  • Glyndebourne: General Manager
  • Philharmonia Orchestra: Concerts and Tours Assistant
  • Imagen: Music Producer 
  • Aldeburgh Productions: Director of Artist Development
  • Cheltenham College: Director of Music
  • Lichfield Festival: Festival Director
  • Opera North: Music Director
  • BBC: Radio 3 Presenter
  • BBC: Producer
  • British Library: Curator of Music Collections
  • Royal Opera House: Opera Director
  • Academy of Ancient Music: Tour Manager and Administrator
  • Hazard Chase: Artist Manager
  • Gabrieli Consort and Players: General Manager
  • South Bank Centre: Artistic Programmer
  • Askonas Holt:  Artist Manager

Unsurprisingly, many Cambridge Music graduates go on to perform as soloists or conductors at the highest level. There are too many of these to list individually, but they include:

  • Sir Roger Norrington, conductor
  • Sir Mark Elder, conductor
  • Sir Andrew Davis, conductor
  • Thomas Adès, composer
  • George Benjamin, composer
  • Judith Weir, composer
  • Simon Keenleyside, baritone
  • Robert Tear, tenor
  • Mark Padmore, tenor
  • John Butt, organist, conductor and academic
  • Joanna MacGregor, pianist
  • Tom Poster, pianist
  • David Pountney, opera and theatre director

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