Matt Jelf
(Director of Music, Chichester Cathedral Choir School)

How did you find your way into your current position?

I was lucky and found an arts administration post at the RCM after graduation. From there, I gathered contacts and took the plunge, quitting my job two years later to apply for conducting and singing work. I was working as an MD, an Animateur with Sing Up and a Bass Choral Scholar at Rochester Cathedral.

I was taken on by St Pauls School in London as the Assistant Director of Music working with DoM Philip Berg.

After three years, I was taken on as Director of Music at Aldwickbury School and in September 2016, I was appointed Director of Music at Chichester Cathedral School. I have overall responsibility for the music curriculum as well as the management of our twenty four visiting music staff, the Assistant Director of Music and work closely all of with the cathedral music staff.

I recently studied for a Postgraduate Diploma in Music Education at the IOE which expanded my experience of the subject and the sector. I continue to be an active member of both the MMA and ABCD.

What are your strongest memories of your time at York?

It was a small department, bursting with ideas and energy. If you wanted to try and put something on, perform, conduct, compose, you generally could and the support was there from the academic staff. It was the best department for me to be an undergraduate at.

How did York prepare you for your career?

It encouraged me to take responsibility for my own projects and provided me the opportunities and encouragement to perform, to conduct and to compose. It also gave me some good foundation in academic writing skills which helped a lot when I came around to studying music education at postgraduate level years later!

What advice would you have for current students?

Take every opportunity that comes and if there isn't one, make it happen for yourself - others will support you.

Any other comments?

A great department with great staff and I would do it all over again if I could.

Matt Jelf