ECMS Committee 2016-17


Oliver Philcox & Ollie Baines

Ollie is a second year Geographer at Emma and enjoys both singing and playing the saxophone. In 2015-16 he co-lead the Emmanuel Chorus and continues to run it this year. He is also a member of Emma Big Band. 

A second year Physical Natural Scientist, Oliver is heavily involved with music both in and out of college, playing both the Piano and Trombone. In 2014-5 he was a member of many different musical groups, including Emma Big Band, The Falcon Ensemble, Selwyn Jazz and Clare College Orchestra.


Amira Damji


Abhishek Patel

Abhishek is a first year Biological Natural Scientist at Emma. He is a keen singer in the Emma Chorus ensemble, as well as playing the piano to an advanced level.

Hires Manager

Harry Butcher

Publicity Officer

Neha Zamvar 

Neha is a third year law student at Emma, and is one of the soprano scholars in the college's Chapel Choir. She loves all types of music, and enjoys playing the piano and her violin as well as singing. Highlights of her musical career at Cambridge include singing Mozart's Requiem in St Martin in the Fields with the Brandenburg Sinfonia and going on the choir's annual music tour to Copenhagen in 2015. 

Recitals Rep

Pip Elmer & Heather Conder

Chorus Reps

Tatiana Sherwood & Ollie Baines

Big Band Reps

Lefteris Paparounas & Jamie Scott

Lefteris is a second year reading Linguistics at Emma. Before coming to Cambridge, he studied electric guitar and music theory at the Philippos Nakas Conservatory in Greece, and performed extensively with a rock group. His musical interests include blues, rock, jazz, fusion and progressive metal. Lefteris started playing guitar for Emma Big Band in 2015-2016, and is co-leading the band as of Easter 2016.

Jamie is a first year reading Psychological and Behavioural Sciences with Evolution and Biological Anthropology who started playing for Emma Big Band as a fresher in Michaelmas 2015 before beginning co-leading in Easter 2016. After a painfully disastrous attempt at the piano, Jamie learnt trombone at Dulwich College in London, and enjoyed playing in a wide range of musical ensembles and multiple big bands around London. His interest in jazz is mainly big band oriented, with a growing love of electro swing, with a broad musical taste in other genres.

Orchestra Rep

Rebecca Rebis 

Folk Ensemble Reps

Ruby Marsden (Folk Ensemble)

Ruby (violinist) is in her third year of reading Natural Science. With Yanish, she is co-leader of the Folk Ensemble, and also sings in Chorus. She has played in several CUMS Orchestras.

Ex Officio Committee Members

Honorary President

and College Master

Dame Fiona Reynolds

Dame Fiona's biography is available here.

Director of Music

Dr. Christopher Whitton

Dr Whitton was educated at St John's College, Cambridge (BA 2002, MPhil 2004, PhD 2007), and as a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard University (2002-3). He came to Emmanuel as Fellow in Classics and Director of Music in 2007, when I was appointed University Lecturer in Classics. In 2012-14 I was an Alexander-von-Humboldt Fellow at the Freie Universität Berlin and Rostock University.

As an organist, singer and choir directed Chris held posts as Winchester College, Grace Cathedral (San Francisco), Harvard Memorial Church, and St. Bartholomew the Great, Smithfield, and spent five years as chorus master of the Cambridge Philharmonic Society. He was Organ Student at St John's College, Cambridge, from 1999-2002, and continues to give occasional recitals today. At Emmanuel, he is the Fellow responsible for (non-academic) music in College, including oversight of Chapel music and the Music Society.

Director of Chapel Music

Mr. Richard Latham 

Richard Latham was organ scholar at Emmanuel College (1997-2000) and choral scholar at King's College (2000-2001). After working in New York as an organist he trained as a singer at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

On the concert platform he has performed as a soloist in Schumann's Szenen aus Goethes Faust with Stephen Cleobury and the Choir of King's College, Cambridge and Fauré's Requiem with the Philharmonia Chorus. At the Wigmore Hall, he has given performances of Bach's cantatas and Lully's Grand Motets with the Academy of Ancient Music. He has made a number of recordings, including verse anthems by Christopher Gibbons with the AAM and Monteverdi's L'Orfeo with the Tavener Consort and Players under Andrew Parrott.

His operatic roles to date include Papageno, Die Zauberflöte, for Garsington Opera; Schaunard, La Bohème; Eugene Onegin; Father, Hänsel und Gretel; Harlekin, Ariadne auf Naxos and Guglielmo, Così fan tutte; and Mercury, Atalanta for Cambridge Handel Opera.

College Fellow

Dr. Sarah Bendall

Dr. Bendall's biography is available here.

Presidents Emeritus

Imogen Flower

Now in her final year reading music, Imogen has been heavily involved with ECMS throughout her time at Emmanuel. She has acted as President, Secretary and played recorder as one of the founding members of the North Court Baroque Ensemble. Her involvement in the musical life of the college extended into a role on the May Ball committee in 2015. Imogen loves music by Telemann, Brahms, Joni Mitchell and Radiohead. 

Adam Mathias

Adam has just graduated from his time at Emmanuel reading Music. In 2011-12, he was the Organ Scholar at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle where his roles included training the choristers and accompanying the world-renowned choir in services. He is an Associate of the Royal College of Organists. He has performed as both a soloist and accompanist at venues including St. John's, Smith Square and St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Adam often conducted the ECMS Orchestra, and the College's Chapel Choir.


Senior Organ Scholar

Stella Hadjineophytou

Junior Organ Scholar

Hugh Crook