Headley Fellowship

The Headley Fellowship programme is an exciting investment in the talents of UK-based creative educators offered by Trinity Laban, through funding from the Headley Trust. These Fellowships are designed to support the professional development of those working, or wishing to work, in creative education practice (for example community musicians, animateurs, workshop leaders or arts practitioners), in any setting, with any age group. Applicants must be UK residents.

This fellowship is specifically aimed at music educators specialising in creative and collaborative learning practices e.g. workshop leading, animatership or community music practices.

Each Headley Fellowship award includes:

  • £2,000 bursary towards Teaching Musician Full Diploma (PGDip Full) programme fees
  • Equivalent to 47 days' placement, working on the development and delivery of participatory projects with Trinity Laban Learning and Participation (Music) with associated stipend payment of c.£2,204.30
  • Individually tailored mentoring support

We are pleased to offer one Headley fellowship place for 2017. The new fellow will join the five fellows who are currently enrolled on the programme. Read more about their experiences below.

More Information & How to Apply

To find out more or to express an interest in the Headley Fellowship, contact Lizzy on:

[email protected] | 020 8305 3883

Headley Fellowships are awarded through an application and audition process. Those wishing to apply for the Headley Fellowship will need to apply to the PG Diploma one year and submit a Headley Application Form alongside their application. Please read our Headley Guidance for Applicants before submitting an application.

Applications for the 2017 cohort are NOW OPEN. Please apply via UCAS Conservatoires. (Search ‘Teaching Musician’ via the Course Search function on the UCAS Conservatoires website).

Deadline for 2017 Headley applicants: Friday 4 November 2016

2016 Headley Fellows

Paul EdisPaul Edis

Paul Edis is a performer, composer, educator and promoter based in the North East of England. He works at the Sage, Gateshead where he is a lecturer on the BMus degree and leads various youth jazz ensembles and regular workshops. He performs all over the UK and has written music for numerous ensembles in both jazz and classical styles. 

Paul is particularly interested in developing his skills as a workshop leader in the area of collaborative composition and improvisation and to build new contacts outside the North East through the Headley Fellowship.


Lisa BannonLisa Bannon

Lisa studied for a BA in Music, Radio, Film and TV at Christ Church College, Canterbury. After a career in TV drama, Lisa returned to her musical roots to teach early years music at North London Colourstrings Centre and whole class recorder and musicianship in the state sector. Through the Headley Fellowship Lisa is keen to explore the role of the Music Leader / Animateur in new and diverse settings.




James Moriarty

James is a London-based composer and workshop leader. His practice blends influences from a range of musical traditions with his classical training to lend it a distinctive yet adaptable edge. The Headley Fellowship will help him to develop his experience of facilitation whilst broadening links with the education sector.




Maisha Adams-Amalemba

Maisha Adams-Amalemba has been playing steel pan since she was 10 years old, and started teaching it at 17. She gained a First class honours in Music Composition and Technology from the University of Hertfordshire in 2010. During her time at university, she continued to teach steel for the Haringey music service.

Maisha is currently a full-time peripatetic steel pan teacher with a passion for playing and arranging music for her students to play. Maisha not only plays for the Pan Nation Steel Orchestra, a community steel band in Tottenham, but she is also their captain and assists their musical arranger.

With the support of the Headley Fellowship, Maisha would like to create holiday workshops for the youth and develop large group teaching skills.



Gary Cunningham

Gary is a guitarist from Northern Ireland who currently lives in Brighton. Gary works in the community music sector. He works a lot with participants with learning disabilities, autism and other special needs in musical settings. He is currently interested in music in healthcare settings and has recently completed the Rhythmix training course that allowed him to play music in a hospital setting.

Gary is hoping to gain more experience and learn new skills in healthcare/S.E.N. settings through the Headley Fellowship programme.