The Executive CommitteE 2021/22
The executive committee is the team that is responsible for keeping DUOS running smoothly. They work tirelessly to make sure that all members of the orchestra can perform to their best and enjoy themselves as well. Find out who they are and what they do here...
NAME: Matthew Madeley (he/him)
DEGREE: Music and Philosophy, 2nd Year
WHAT DOES YOUR ROLE INVOLVE? I am responsible for the smooth running of the society and steering the society's vision for the year ahead. Practically, this involves chairing the Executive Committee, sitting on audition panels, and liaising with Music Durham, the University, and further afield to give members of DUOS unforgettable experiences.
FAVOURITE MOMENT IN DUOS? I know this will be a recurring answer amongst the exec, but performing in The Sage, Gateshead was an unbelievable experience. After over a year of concert halls being closed, getting the chance to return to live music making in such a spectacular fashion has been the highlight of my time at Durham so far.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO? Seeing what new and exciting projects lie ahead for the society...
NAME: Ursula Misra (she/her)
DEGREE: Law, 2nd Year
WHAT DOES YOUR ROLE INVOLVE? The Vice-President assists the President with their duties and helps out other members of the exec where needed. My role also includes organising masterclasses with professional musicians, which I am extremely excited about!
FAVOURITE MOMENT IN DUOS? I've only performed one concert with DUOS so far: the stunning performance at The Sage, Gateshead, which will certainly be difficult to forget.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO? Being able to play properly in an orchestra again (stand partners...maybe?) and make music with wonderful people!
NAME: Emily Fox (she/her)
DEGREE: Music, 2nd Year
WHAT DOES YOUR ROLE INVOLVE? My role involves taking absences, organising stash, putting together the concert programmes, and recording minutes at exec meetings.
FAVOURITE MOMENT IN DUOS? Having not performed in over a year, playing some fantastic rep at The Sage, Gateshead was definitely my highlight!
WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO? Hopefully a much more normal DUOS experience of non-socially distanced rehearsals and lots of socials!
NAME: Mary-Anne Grego (she/her)
DEGREE: Liberal Arts, 3rd Year
WHAT DOES YOUR ROLE INVOLVE? Handling the ££: taking care of the DUOS accounts and budgeting for the year. It involves a lot of coordination with the rest of the exec in order to have a financially-sound society!
FAVOURITE MOMENT IN DUOS? Playing at The Sage, Gateshead! - After a year of socially-distanced and masked rehearsals, it was so lovely to finally have a concert to showcase everyone's hard work!
The cameo from Sir Tom Allen was also a great addition to the whole event!!!
WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO? Getting back to a bit of normality (fingers crossed) and maybe - just maybe - being able to have a desk partner again!
NAME: Anna Davall (she/her)
DEGREE: French and Italian, 2nd Year
WHAT DOES YOUR ROLE INVOLVE? I sort out all of the sheet music that we need for the year depending on our chosen repertoire.
FAVOURITE MOMENT IN DUOS? Playing at The Sage, Gateshead, was an incredible special moment and really made me appreciate being a part of such an incredible orchestra!
WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO? A larger social aspect next year thanks to the relaxation of restrictions - I can't wait to get to know everyone better! :)
NAME: Mollie Green (she/her)
ROLE: Publicity Officer
DEGREE: Geography, 2nd Year
WHAT DOES YOUR ROLE INVOLVE? I am responsible for promoting DUOS across social media, updating and designing the website, as well as creating posters and selling tickets for upcoming concerts.
FAVOURITE MOMENT IN DUOS? The concerts have definitely been my favourite part of DUOS so far; especially playing Stravinsky's Firebird Suite at The Sage, Gateshead.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO? Putting on some more fantastic concerts, socials, and (hopefully) tour!!
NAME: Jamie Frost (he/him)
ROLE: Patrons and Alumni Secretary
DEGREE: Classics, 2nd Year
WHAT DOES YOUR ROLE INVOLVE? I am responsible for maintaining regular contact with the Patrons and Alumni so they can stay up to date with all things DUOS. This involves sending out invitations to concerts, selling patron benefits, and, most importantly, organising and hosting drinks receptions!
FAVOURITE MOMENT IN DUOS? To be able to come into the orchestra as a fresher and have the opportunity to perform at The Sage, Gateshead alongside so many great musicians was an amazing experience.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO? Playing more quality rep, working with a great exec team, and hopefully a tour.
NAME: Benedict Wong (he/him)
ROLE: Sponsorship Secretary
DEGREE: Music, 2nd Year
WHAT DOES YOUR ROLE INVOLVE? As Sponsorship Secretary, my job is to extend further financial aid for DUOS to facilitate opportunities such as concerts, tours and conducting masterclasses.
FAVOURITE MOMENT IN DUOS? Playing Wagner and Stravinsky at the Sage, and also meeting like-minded people in DUOS!
WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO? DUOS Tour '21-22
NAME: Elizabeth McCauley (she/her)
ROLE: Concert Manager
DEGREE: Music, 3rd Year
WHAT DOES YOUR ROLE INVOLVE? My role as Concert Manager involves sending many emails regarding booking venues, staging, lighting, instruments, and vans. Also creating a concert plan to make sure everyone is where they are meant to be on concert day!
FAVOURITE MOMENT IN DUOS? There are so many to choose from! I'm always excited to hear about the new rep we are playing as it is always so good! But my favourite part has 100% been playing in venues like The Sage, Gateshead, and Durham Cathedral, with the incredible, like-minded friends I've met throughout the years.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO? Performing amazing rep and perhaps a long-awaited tour!?
ROLE: Social Secretaries
WHAT DOES YOUR ROLE INVOLVE? It involves a lot of organising; from socials throughout the year, after parties following concerts, to the DUOS ball. The Social Secretary also welcomes the freshers each year to make them feel relaxed!
NAME: Georgie Burr (she/her)
INSTRUMENT: Double Bass
DEGREE: Classics, 3rd Year
NAME: Lucie Loridon (she/her)