Pam Hulme is a choral conductor, organist, composer, and music education specialist who splits her time between Berlin and the UK. Her innovative approach to music breaks down cultural preconceptions, leaps over traditional boundaries between genres, and she is passionate about music’s power to build and sustain communities.
Pam has a wide range of experience in music education, having worked in a number of different roles and schools in London and Berlin. She was Head of Music at Cumberland Secondary School in Newham, London, (2006-2015), where she also trained adults in her role as AST (Advanced Skills Teacher), and went on to work as a freelance consultant, designing and delivering workshops on singing, conducting, collaborative composition and experimental approaches to the pipe organ around London, Essex and Kent, as well as further afield in Yorkshire, Berlin, Cologne and Lübeck. During her time in London, Pam codirected NewYVC youth choir with Jane Wheeler at Stratford Circus, conducted Solid Harmony youth choir at NewVIc College, founded and led the Isle of Dogs Community Choir, and was Director of Music at Christ Church, Isle of Dogs, and St. Barnabus’ Church in Clapham.
In Berlin, Pam works primarily in the central district of Friedrichshain. She is Kantorin (Director of Music) of Boxhagen-Stralau & St. Markus parishes, Organist & Choral Director at Pfingstkirche, and also leads the children’s choirs in Samariter-Auferstehung parish. The scope of her work as a church musician is broad, encompassing many musical styles, vocal leading from pre-school children to senior citizens, playing organ, piano and singing at services and concerts, composing and arranging music, and also curating the Lazarus Music Project, a concert series for new music.
Pam also conducts Enodamus Chamber Choir and is passionate about contemporary music, regularly composing and performing music for organ and electronics. In 2021 Pam released an album of her own music: Ver_wandlung: Neue Interpretationen alter Kirchenmelodien für Orgel und Live Looping, (Metamorphosis: New Interpretations of old church melodies for organ and live looping). This collection of pieces, based on Lutheran hymn melodies, was composed for liturgical context and represents Pam’s development of organ and live looping as a performance practice, forming a large part of her MA by Research in Composition at the University of Huddersfield from 2017 to 2020.
Pam has been Non-Executive Director of Living Song CIC since 2017, is a member of the advisory Academic Board of the Royal College of Organists, an Associate Artist of the Yorkshire Sound Women Network, and a member of the Society of Women Organists committee.
Education & Qualifications:
Pam completed a BA in Music and MA in Musicology at the University of Bristol (1997-2002), followed by a PGCE in Secondary Music Education at Christ Church University, Canterbury (2003). In 2016 she was awarded CME Artist Teacher status in choral conducting and pedagogy and completed her ARCO diploma (Associate of the Royal College of Organists) in 2017. Between 2017 and 2020 Pam completed a practice-based MA by Research in composition at the University of Huddersfield with the title: Manipulating Musical Surface: Perception as compositional material in live looping and organ with electronics.
As continuing professional development for her work as a church musician in Germany, Pam is currently studying for a BA in Kirchenmusik (Church Music Studies) at the Evangelische Hochschule für Kirchenmusik in Halle an der Saale (2021-24), which includes practical studies in organ, conducting, piano, voice, composition, harpsichord and trumpet.