Graham Walker - Director of Music

Graham Walker

The award-winning cellist and conductor Graham Walker was educated at St John's College, Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music. As a cellist he has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in many of the world's most prestigious halls. He is much in demand as a choral director, and, alongside his work at Magdalene, is Director of St John's Voices at St John's College, and Musical Director of two other choirs. As a result of his work with Classico Latino, the innovative Latin/Classical crossover ensemble, in 2011 he was awarded a plaque on Colombian national TV in recognition of his "outstanding contribution to Colombian Andean music".

Mariëtta D.C. van der Tol - Assistant Organist

Mariëtta D.C. van der Tol

Mariëtta D.C. van der Tol is Assistant Organist at Magdalene College and PhD-candidate in Politics and International Studies. She studied constitutional law, political history, and history of Christianity in Utrecht (Netherlands) and Yale (USA) before coming to Cambridge to undertake doctoral research in 'Toleration, religious freedom, and visibility of religion in public space'. She started playing the organ as an undergraduate student and grew her love for organ music through lessons with Anton Pauw (Grote St. Bavo in Haarlem, Netherlands), Wyatt Smith (Yale divinity school/Yale institute of sacred music, USA), and currently with Anne Page (Cambridge). Music has been a source of great joy from a young age as she learned to play the piano, most recently with the late Ebelien Vis-Bos (Netherlands). She values making music in group settings - soloists, ensembles, and choirs - because she sees music as a powerful way to foster community.

Ivo Macdonald - Junior Organ Scholar

Ivo Macdonald became Junior Organ Scholar at Magdalene College in October 2018 and reads History. Having played the piano from a very young age, Ivo began playing the organ at secondary school under the direction of Oliver Lallement, and achieved Grade 8 with distinction in the spring of lower sixth. He was an assistant organist at St Simon's Zelotes Church, and has performed, accompanied and conducted at churches such as Holy Trinity Church (Sloane Square), St Luke's and Christ Church (Chelsea), and St Mary's Church (Barnes). Ivo is also a keen cellist, and during his time at St Paul's School performed in major orchestral works such as Sibelius II, Dvorak VIII and IX, Shostakovich V and Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition, as well as winning the Intermediate section in an oboe quartet at the South East Schools' Chamber Music Competition held in St John's Smith Square. Outside of the music world, Ivo is an avid sportsman, and has represented Cambridge against Oxford in both Real Tennis and Rackets.

Alex Coutts - Organ Scholar [Away on Year Abroad in 2018-2019]

Alex Coutts

Alex was awarded the organ scholarship at Magdalene beginning in 2016 and he is reading MML. Alex studied the organ with Dr Julie Ainscough while at Hampton School, achieving Grade 8 distinction in the lower sixth. He was a category finalist in the BBC Choir of the Year competition with the school's male voice choir, performing at the Royal Festival Hall. He was also the organ scholar at Esher Parish Church. Alex was judged the most promising young organist at the 2016 Godalming Festival and has performed recitals and accompanied services at Winchester Cathedral, Haddo House Chapel, Aberdeenshire and Wimborne Minster. In his spare time, Alex is a keen sportsman who enjoys playing cricket, football and cycling and enjoys reading, politics and debating - both in English and in French.