Alexandra Coghlan guest speaker

Alexandra graduated with the top first in her year in Music from Balliol College, Oxford in 2006, having already achieved a first-class degree in English. She went on to Trinity College, Cambridge for her MPhil, achieving a Distinction. Her Masters thesis on the vocal music of Benjamin Britten was subsequently published by Cambridge Scholars Press in the collection of critical essays "From Self to Shelf: A Portrait of the Artist Under Construction".

Professionally she started her career as Performing Arts and Classical Music Editor at Time Out magazine, Sydney in 2008, freelancing simultaneously as an arts writer for a number of national Australian publications. Since returning to the UK in 2009, Alexandra has written on the arts for The Times, the Guardian, the Independent, The Spectator, Prospect, Gramophone, Opera, Opera Now, Classical Music magazine, Early Music Today and The Oxford Times among others. In 2011 she was appointed Classical Critic for the New Statesman magazine, and in 2013 she became Reviews/International Editor for Sinfini Music.

Alexandra also produces programme notes and essays for ensembles including the BBC Proms, The Tallis Scholars, Salzburg Festival, Guy Johnston, Opera Holland Park, Cheltenham Festival, Lufthansa Baroque Festival, Christchurch Cathedral Choir, Oxford. In 2013 Alexandra was invited to become a member of the Critics' Circle and to join the panel of judges for the RPS Music Awards, and has also recently started appearing as a guest panellist on BBC Radio 3's Music Matters.