Freddie Crowley

Freddie Crowley

Festival Director

Freddie is a freelance musician whose career encompasses choral and solo singing, conducting, composing, arranging, recording and teaching.

A member of the 2018-19 cohort of Genesis Sixteen, The Sixteen’s young artists’ programme run by Harry Christophers and Eamonn Dougan, he also held a 2019-20 Fellowship with the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, and was chosen to be a Making Music Selected Artist for the 2020-21 season.

As well as being the Founder and Director of the Whiddon Autumn Festival, Freddie is Director of vocal ensemble the Corvus Consort which he set up in 2018.

Freddie graduated in 2018 from Merton College, Oxford, where he read Music as a choral scholar. While at university, he was selected for the Voces Academy Musical Leadership Programme, sang as a member of jazz a cappella group The Oxford Gargoyles, and made frequent musical theatre appearances.

Freddie grew up in the North-Dartmoor village of Gidleigh, spending six years as a chorister at Exeter Cathedral.

For a while he worked as a barista at Monmouth Coffee Company, and can be found in the depths of Dartmoor when he has the chance.

Photo by Izzy Romilly

Katalin Oldland

Katalin Oldland

Festival Manager

Katalin recently graduated from Pembroke College, Oxford, where she read music. As a violinist, she thoroughly enjoyed engaging in Oxford’s orchestral and chamber music scene, having led the New Chamber Opera, the Ritornello players, the Oxford University Sinfonietta, and the Oxford University Orchestra. She was also a choral singer at Merton College, Oxford.

Before university, Katalin was a string leader at the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, performing with them at the BBC Proms as well as relishing the opportunity to perform side-by-side with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in one of their Barbican concerts.

Katalin joined the Royal College of Music Junior Department at the age of nine, winning several prizes for the violin alongside her studies in piano and clarinet.

Katalin is currently a civil servant and freelance musician in Hertfordshire. She is excited to be managing this inaugural edition of the Whiddon Autumn Festival and looks forward to watching it grow in future years.


  • Michael Ball
  • Freddie Crowley
  • John Crowley (chair)
  • Neil Loden
  • Alison Routh


  • Rosemary Bleakman
  • Terry Bleakman
  • Annabel Crowley
  • Sue Matthews
  • Jennifer Mullins
  • Judith Oakes
  • Christopher Warren


  • Graphic Design: Nick Budd
  • Social Media: Izzi Blain
  • Front of House: Tallulah Tufton
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