Amy came to Clare College in 1975 with a Mellon Fellowship from Yale in Medieval/Renaissance musicology. She was in the first mixed Chapel Choir in the university, and in demand as a soloist. She then completed the post-grad Opera course at the Royal Academy of Music and acquired her LRAM before returning to Cambridge as her teaching and performing base.
Her long history with Anglia Ruskin University, where she is Head of Classical Voice, began in its early incarnation as CCAT. She was involved with the development of the BA Hons Music curriculum and the establishment of the MA in Women’s Studies in the 1980s. In recent years, the liaison has proved a fruitful one for Hughes, as we have secured use their extensive practice room facilities for our own students.
Amy’s other teaching job roles have included Head of Voice at Saffron Walden Friends’ School, Heritage School, and Huntingdon Regional College. She teaches choral scholars in several CU colleges and offers private lessons and vocal workshops to students of all ages and abilities. She was a founder member of the SCYM teaching team, a thriving branch of the Jr Guildhall.
Her connection with Hughes Hall began when she and former Director of Music, Peter Britton, devised a weekly singing class, which some years later became the College Choir. It welcomes all members of the Hughes community and bases its repertoire around their collective ability and interests. In recent years, it has provided a conducting/choir directing platform for some very talented music post grads. She also serves on the college Music Committee, which plans and executes its varied and successful concert series.
In the wider community, Amy serves on the Executive and Trustee Boards of Cambridge Summer Music Festival, Cambridge Youth Opera, and Cambridge Handel Opera Company, where she was recently Company Manager. She is the page turner for Saffron Hall, Kettles Yard, Stradivari Trust and Cambridge Music Festival.
Amy joined the team of Hughes Hall tutors in 2017.
She completed her Masters’ degree at the Faculty of Education in 2020 and is pursuing her PhD in vocal pedagogy at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Now a dual citizen, Amy was a founder member of the local chapter of Democrats Abroad in the UK, with whom she maintains an active role.