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Dorothy Hately Music Centre, 21 Huntly Street, Aberdeen AB10 1TJ, Scotland, UK
+44 (0)1224 649685

To arrange a visit email or Assistant Manager
or telephone the above number.

The Huntly Street office is normally staffed weekdays 10 am - 4 pm and 12 noon - 2 pm Saturday

Meet the Office Team

Gráinne Cullen

gráinne cullenManager            


Gráinne graduated from University College Dublin with a 1st Class Honours degree in English and Greek and Roman Civilization. She won a scholarship to study for a Masters in English and American Literature at the University of Delaware, USA.

Gráinne has worked in Dublin and London as well as in Aberdeen. She was an editor for Picador Books, an imprint of Pan Macmillan, and a conference producer for the Institute for International Research. She has been a teacher of English language, literature and academic writing, and has also worked as a freelance editor, mainly with PhD students from the University of Aberdeen.

Gráinne has volunteered for numerous schools and charities in Aberdeen including Airyhall School Board, Cults Academy PTA, Cults Scouts and Audio Describers Aberdeen. She joined NESMS in May 2013.

Reg Pringle

reg pringleAssistant Manager (Finance & IT)            


An alumnus of George Heriot's High School, Reg studied Hispanic Languages and Literature at Edinburgh University (MA 1964, MLitt 1966) before moving to St Andrews University and a career in academic librarianship.

In 1988 he moved to Aberdeen to take up the post of University Librarian and during his time there was Project Director of Grampian Information, a member of the Scottish Library and Infomation Council, and Chairman of the United Kingdom Advisory Panel on Library and Information Planning.

Following early retirement in 1996 he worked first in Adult and Community Education and then from 2000 to 2004 as a Lecturer in Software Engineering and Office Technology at Aberdeen College (Dip. Comp. 1999). He joined NESMS in March 2004 but continued in-house and outreach teaching of computing and IT skills at the College on an occasional basis until 2014.

Sophie Lewis

Sophie LewisAssistant Manager (Timetable & Events)


Originally from Kilwinning, Sophie has been playing cello since she was 7 years old. She was section leader of the North Ayrshire Senior String Orchestra at age 15, and in 2013 she became a member of the Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra, a local group that performs traditional Scottish and Irish music across Scotland and internationally.

Now studying under Aline Gow of Scottish Opera at the University of Aberdeen, Sophie is a member of the University's symphony and chamber orchestras and has performed with the University's Opera Society, its Baroque Ensemble, and Scottish Opera's Connect Orchestra where she was involved in a world premiere. In 2016 Sophie enjoyed a successful tour of Belgium with the Universities of Scotland Symphony Orchestra.

In 2017 Sophie worked at The Fresh Air Fund in New York teaching music to young people aged 12-15, and went on to study at St Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Here, she performed with the St Olaf Philharmonia and worked with founder of the International Cello Institute, Anna Clift.

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