Career Profiles


We caught up with some former students to find out about the different directions their careers have taken them since graduating from RWCMD.


Joel GarthwaiteJoel Garthwaite

After completing his BMus at RWCMD, saxophonist Joel Garthwaite went on to postgraduate study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His performance work has centred on the Lunar Saxophone Quartet, which formed at RWCMD. His career also includes delivering seminars and event management. He is a professional development consultant for the Incorporated Society of Musicians, (ISM) and the founder and co-director of Bright Ivy Artist Management.


Toks DadaToks Dada

While studying viola as an undergraduate at RWCMD, Toks Dada developed an interest in arts management and established the successful contemporary music ensemble, Sinfonia Newydd. He went on to complete an MA in Arts Management at RWCMD and is now Programme Co-ordinator at Town Hall and Symphony Hall, Birmingham. He is also a spokesperson for diversity and inclusion within the music profession.


Tic AshfieldTic Ashfield

Tic Ashfield is a composer, sound designer and sonic artist who completed her BMus and MMus studies at RWCMD. Her work spans television drama and documentary, animation projects, theatre and dance collaborations. A member of John Hardy Music, she co-composed the soundtrack for the BBC One drama series, Hinterland. Tic is also an enthusiastic and inspirational music tutor and workshop leader.


Adam CrossAdam Cross

Adam Cross is a multi-instrumentalist who completed his MMus at RWCMD after gaining a BMus from the University of Birmingham. He works mainly in theatre as a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, touring the UK in 2016 with A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He also enjoys playing in klezmer bands and jazz ensembles. He appeared with Kel Elliott at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival earlier this year, recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 2.


David DoidgeDavid Doidge

David Doidge studied piano as an undergraduate at RWCMD before specialising as a répétiteur in opera and vocal coaching at postgraduate level. On completing his studies, he became a full time member of the music staff at Welsh National Opera. David has accompanied leading vocalists including Bryn Terfel and Rebecca Evans, and has also performed extensively with Only Men Aloud.


Helen NashHelen Nash

Helen Nash has been enjoying international success as the cellist in the leading electric string quartet, Escala. As a pianist, she has performed with Cher, Rod Stewart, Jessie J, Robbie Williams and Olly Murs, and has appeared on some of the UK’s most popular TV shows including The Graham Norton Show, The X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing. She has played at venues ranging from The Ritz to the Royal Albert Hall, the Millennium Stadium and the O2 Arena.


Jonny BruceJonny Bruce

Trumpeter Jonny Bruce emerged onto the UK jazz scene as a member of the Dave Stapleton Quintet (Edition Records). His current projects include the Bruce/Ilett Big Band, The Zen Hussies, Moscow Drug Club and Swing Machine Jazz Orchestra. Jonny is also in demand as a guest soloist and session player, both live and in the studio. As a teacher, he offers tuition on brass instruments across a range of styles.


Mark David BodenMark David Boden

After graduating from RWCMD, Mark David Boden completed an MMus in Advanced Composition at the Royal College of Music before returning to RWCMD as a member of the music staff. His work is published by Cadenza Music and has been performed by ensembles including the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. His music has also been broadcast on BBC Radio 3.


Nathan StoneNathan Stone

Nathan Stone is the cellist with the Vulcan String Quartet, which has collaborated on studio albums and stadium concerts with the Manic Street Preachers – he is pictured at their Cardiff studio. Nathan has worked on strings arrangements and recordings for more than 100 artists worldwide including Roger Daltrey, The Proclaimers, Melanie C and Charlotte Church.


Reisha AdamsReisha Adams

After completing the MA in Opera Performance at RWCMD Reisha Adams won a place at the National Opera Studio in London. This year, she made her debut with English National Opera as Pamina in The Magic Flute, and performed her first Lady Macbeth for Kentish Opera. Reisha has also performed extensively as a recitalist as part of Yehudi Menuhin’s Live Music Now! scheme.


Matthew WilliamsMatthew Williams

Matthew Williams studied for his BMus at RWCMD and as a postgraduate at the Royal Academy of Music. He has appeared as Principal Trumpet with leading UK orchestras including BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.