Musical Director : Jakob Grubbström
Jakob has recently completed a Master's degree in Choral Conducting at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama under the tutelage of Sarah Tennant Flowers and Neil Ferris. He previously studied at the School of Music in Piteå, Sweden, under the direction of Professor Erik Westberg and Professor Petter Sundkvist. Jakob also holds a Degree in classical guitar from The Royal College of Music in Stockholm. He frequently performs as a chamber musician and soloist in the UK and throughout Europe.
In 2015 Jakob founded Cantores Amicitiae, an international vocal ensemble comprising of singers from England, Wales, Scotland, Sweden and Australia. Jakob has been awarded numerous prizes and awards from The Swedish Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Kempe Carlgrenska Stiftelsen and the County of Arvidsjaur. His experience with cathedral choirs, professional vocal ensembles, the BBC National Chorus of Wales and as a soloist has given him the necessary vocal training to be able to further develop the vocal technique of the choir.
With his wide experience in British choral tradition and his Swedish upbringing, Jakob is looking forward to taking UCS into a musically interesting direction!
Accompanist : Katie Riddle
Katie was born in Leek, Staffordshire. At the age of twelve she won the Staffordshire Moorlands Young Musician of the Year competition. After studying piano and violin at Birmingham Conservatoire Junior School Katie continued her piano studies at the Royal Northern College of Music with Carole Presland. She later attained a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Studies from the RNCM studying with Martin Roscoe.
Katie has given solo and duo recitals extensively throughout the Northwest. She also performs regularly as a chamber musician for the registered charity ‘Music In Hospitals’. Katie was the regular accompanist for Burnley Municipal Choir until 2010 and is now the rehearsal pianist for Uttoxeter Choral Society. She also frequently plays with the Ceramic City Choir.
Katie is an accompanist for examinations, festivals and concerts and runs her own private teaching practice. She has recently been appointed as an accompanist at Denstone College and teaches the piano at the RNCM Junior School, Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, Kings School Macclesfield and Yarlet School.