Our Musical team

Musical Director

Mike Summers

Michael is a leading figure in Music and Music education in the North East. He is manager of Music Education for Durham Music Service (lead partner in the Durham and Darlington Music Hub) and Schools Improvement Advisor working across the north of England. As a choral conductor he has been musical director for Felling Male Voice Choir, Guisborough Choral Society and Prudhoe Gleemen and has also held posts with The National Youth Choir of Great Britain and Northern Spirit Singers.

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Accompanist

Alison Frances Gill

PGDipRAM LRSM DipABRSM BMus(Hons). Alison studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London, specialising in piano accompaniment under the guidance of Andrew West and Daniel-Ben Pienaar. Whilst at the RAM she made her Wigmore Hall debut, filmed for Channel 4. She was chosen as one of ten pianists to perform alongside Michael Nyman and Gavin Bryars in Satie's 19 hour work Vexations, which tool place in the Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern, and also appeared at the Spitz Jazz Club, London, with the Ossian Ensemble. Before her move to the RAM in London, Alison studied at the University of Huddersfield for her Bachelor in Music (Honours), receiving the Rodwell Prize for pianist of the department.

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Assistant conductor

Joe Schultz

Joe is a graduate of Durham University, where he recently completed his PhD in Musicology. He currently works for the university, in charge of promoting and developing student extra-curricular music-making, and also teaches a variety of modules in the Department of Music as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. Joe has been very active as a conductor on the Durham music scene. He has conducted the main university orchestras, DUOS and DUPO, as well as a range of other ensembles, including St Mary's College Chapel Choir and the New Art Music Ensemble. In addition, he is the current conductor of Philharmonic Voices, an adult choir at the Sage Gateshead, and assists with the teaching of the Conducting module in the Department of Music.