University of Cambridge appoints Sonita Alleyne as Chair and Simon Fairclough as Director of the Centre for Music Performance

The University of Cambridge is pleased to announce the appointments of Simon Fairclough as Director and Sonita Alleyne OBE as Chair of the new Centre for Music Performance (CMP), which has been established to enable students, staff and the wider community to make music in all its forms a core part of life at Cambridge.

 Sonita Alleyne and Simon Fairclough

Simon will join on 1 December from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO), where he is currently Director of Development; he will also be an Official Fellow at Girton College.  Sonita is Master of Jesus College.

Musical performance has thrived at Cambridge for centuries, and provision today ranges from world-renowned choirs to flourishing student-led jazz and musical theatre.  Sonita, Simon and the CMP team will work with partners across the University and beyond to shape the future of this vibrant scene. 

In addition to securing and enhancing Cambridge’s traditional musical strengths the CMP will over time develop provision and facilities for rock and pop, electronic music and other genres which have historically been less well served, and will launch programmes for those wishing to get involved with music for the first time.  Fostering an environment in which excellence and inclusivity sit side by side, it will support performance at all levels, in all genres, for the most diverse possible cross-section of students, as well as for staff and local residents.

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Credit: Image of Simon Fairclough by Hannah Fathers (CBSO)

Reproduced courtesy of the University of Cambridge

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