The Department of Music is delighted to share news of three student success stories for the academic year 2017-18, adding to the illustrious list of graduates from the distinguished Music programme at the University. 

Following the completion of their MA Music in Choral Conducting, students Peter Gortner and David Rice have gained important positions in the UK and Germany from September 2018. Peter has been appointed as “Kantor der Christuskirche” of the Evangelische Christuskirche Karlsruhe in Germany and be responsible for a wide variety of choirs at the cathedral, including its oratorio choir, chamber choir, and girl’s concert choir. He will also perform regular organ recitals and regular services. Meanwhile, David takes up the position of Head of Choral Music at Solihull School, a leading independent school in the West Midlands.

Peter Gortnor

There is also more success as final year undergraduate voice student, Hannah Littleton, has gained a place in Genesis Sixteen, The Sixteen’s prestigious training programme that nurtures the next generation of talented young voices. Following a thorough six-month audition period, Hannah has been chosen to form part of the 22-strong choir, which represents the finest young singers drawn from across the United Kingdom. In September 2018, Hannah will also take up a place in the Choir of Christ’s College, Cambridge.

Choir singing

Choirs and choral training is an integral part of University Music in Birmingham, and offer unrivalled opportunities for young singers and conductors at any university in the UK. For more information, or if you would like to find out more about choirs at University of Birmingham, please contact Gavin Allsop (