Kate is Community & Professional Development Manager at Trinity Laban and has responsibility for overseeing a range of projects and programmes working with adult learners. This includes community outreach programmes, workforce development programming, adult summer schools, student engagement, supporting learners on the Teaching Musician and the Certificate the Practice of Music Making and the Artist as Educator undergraduate module at Trinity Laban.
Kate studied violin in Birmingham and for the last eighteen years has worked in arts management in London, starting with Drake Music Project as London Manager, subsequently with Sound Connections launching MusicLeader London and a range of other workforce development programmes and more latterly with Musical Futures working alongside KS3 music teachers. Kate has a particular interest in community arts in South East London and has been a trustee of several local arts organisations. Kate is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
David Barnard is a part-time education official for the Musicians’ Union and a freelance consultant specialising in music education. His clients include Roland Europe, I Like Music, Music for All, BICMP and a number of music education hubs and co-operatives. He holds a first-class honours degree in music, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, a Performance Diploma from the Royal College of Music, and a Diploma in Management. He has studied at Middlesex, Leicester and Oxford Universities and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and member of the Chartered Institute of Management. David’s professional career has included a number of senior positions, including: Head of Education for Roland UK; Course Leader for the ABRSM’s professional development programme; Director of Swindon Music Service; Head of Music Centres for Kingston Music Service and Enfield Arts. He has also worked as a professional trombonist, conductor, lecturer (Middlesex University), publisher and examiner (Guildhall School of Music), and was founder of the Swindon Music Co-operative. David is also Chairman of the Music Industries’ Association education committee, and a trustee of the Ernest Read Music Trust.
Catherine Beddison is Deputy Head (Operational) at Cranleigh Prep School. This involves overseeing the day-to-day running of the school and provides daily creative challenges of problem solving and innovative thinking. As part of the Executive Leadership Team she represents the school on the Strategy and Risk Committee of the Governing Body. She fully embraces the school motto Ex Cultu Robur, which translates as From culture comes strength, and especially promotes and supports the Creative Arts subjects within the wider school community. Catherine is also a Governor at Cobham Free School, where she sits on the Education Committee.
She specialises in choral work and conducts Cranleigh Prep School Chamber Choir and Cranleigh Choral Society. An expert in musical education, she has an impressive proven track record of setting high standards, enthusing children and adults, and encouraging them to fully develop their musical skills. Outside school, Catherine works as a volunteer within the choral charity ‘Sing for Pleasure’ and she helps to facilitate new strategic developments for singing events, conducting courses and publications. She works as a freelance conductor, adjudicator, consultant, lecturer and singer; and has recently presented workshops for ABCD, the MMA and the Music Education Expo.
Christine has worked in music education in a wide range of roles over many years, collaborating with and contributing to the work of a number of prestigious specialist organisations and individuals. She began her career in arts marketing, supporting music outreach projects with some of this country’s most respected orchestras and music festivals, and then joined the team at the National Foundation for Youth Music in its first year. She worked in various freelance roles there for the next twelve years, notably project managing the ‘Youth Music Singbook’ and its associated national teacher training programme (the forerunner to the Sing Up programme). She then took the opportunity to train as a music leader herself, and spent five years running first access/whole class singing and recorder lessons in local primary schools. Her community singing group, based in Deptford, is now in its 7th year.
Since joining the Arts Council’s London music team in 2016 as a part-time Relationship Manager, Christine has worked with six London Music Education Hubs and recently became RM for the national music education organisation Music For Youth. In addition to her work with ACE she is Manager of The Fenton Arts Trust, an independent charity supporting the work of emerging artists across art forms.
Nicola Burke has a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Music Studies from the Centre for Research in Early Childhood (CREC), England. She has worked extensively as a music specialist in various Early Childhood settings and on a range of action research projects. She has written and delivered courses for a number of authorities and organisations working with both Early Childhood educators and parents. She is an Associate of the British Association for Early Childhood Education and a member of MERYC, England (Music Educators and Researchers of Young Children). Nicola is currently leading Tri-Music Together, a large workforce development project taking place across West London involving a range of arts and music organisations and EY services. The project has been identified as a beacon for how Music Education Hubs offer Early Childhood Music across England. Nicola has worked with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, The Royal College of Music and is currently working with the Royal Opera House. Nicola was a co-author on The Guide to Music for 0-3 Years, created the award winning Tune into Listening free online resource and has also been published in Early Childhood sector magazines Teach Early Years and Nursery World. Nicola has written Musical Development Matters, a guidance that has been written to complement Development Matters; this will be freely available from Early Education from September 2018.
Joggs Camfield has a background of over 25 years in the music business, working closely with artists and staff within major and independent record labels and consultancies. As a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist, Joggs also runs a private practice, Chelsea Therapy, offering a supportive understanding for those working in the creative industries.
Joggs Camfield, Dip MBACP
Catherine is the Creative Director and co-founder of Fairbeats Music working in partnership with Action for Refugees in Lewisham, Refugee Action Kingston, Southwark Day Centre for Asylum Seekers and Love to Learn Homework Club in Wandsworth. She is also a singer and performance maker. For more information visit www.catherinecarter.co.uk
Toby began his career as a peripatetic drum kit teacher for the London Borough of Haringey and subsequently went on to teach for a number of other London Music Services. He currently teaches individuals, as well as whole class work, in both Primary and Secondary school settings.
Toby co-ordinates music tuition at Bounds Green Primary School in North London where, as well as teaching whole classes, he manages a large timetable for a number of visiting music teachers. In addition to this Toby is Director of the London Borough of Haringey’s Saturday Music Centre which offers a wide range of instrumental and vocal teaching.
Before his work teaching music, Toby was a successful session musician, playing with a variety of bands, which included both studio and live performance work.
Six years ago, Toby started working for Trinity as a local representative for the Rock and Pop syllabus. He now works as a consultant within the Business Development team as the National Advisor for the Rock and Pop syllabus. Having used the resources as a teacher, he was already a strong advocate of the repertoire.
Toby believes that teaching and learning should be underpinned with encouragement, inspiration and enjoyment.
Lucy Drever is a workshop leader, presenter and singer. She creates and leads workshops, family days and concerts for arts organisations including Wigmore Hall, BBC Proms, BBC Philharmonic, English National Opera, Blackheath Halls, Creative Futures and Irene Taylor Trust.
She has worked with brilliant artists such as Kerry Andrew, The Heath Quartet, The Donald Grant Quartet, Alexandra Dariescu, Ross Ramgobin and Morgan Szymanski, spreading the powerful message of making music!
Whilst studying at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Lucy had the opportunity to explore the world of community music. She went on to complete the Trainee Music Leader Scheme at Wigmore Hall and has since worked with a variety of people in a diverse range of places including EYFS settings, schools, homeless hostels and prisons.
Lucy co-founded vocal a cappella quartet, FourTune who have worked with Kerry Ellis, Russell Watson, Classic FM and Channel 4. She has also sung with Hartley Voices and London Contemporary Voices, with whom she has sang for Capital FM, Little Mix, Burberry at London Fashion Week and Imogen Heap, recording Hide and Seek for Harry Potter and The Cursed Child
Philip Flood is the Director of Sound Connections and has overall responsible for the overall strategy and governance of the charity. Previously, he was Head of LSO Discovery and prior to this, Education Director for Spitalfields Music and Head of Music and Media at a large inner-London FE college. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an advisor for the PRS for Music Foundation and a Trustee of the Music Education Council.
Marion Friend MBE is a consultant in arts and education and a life coach, mentor and facilitator with a particular interest in career development, and in supporting individuals to explore and reach their potential. She enjoys working with clients ranging from new graduates to chief executives in public and not-for-profit sectors including early years to tertiary education, national portfolio organisations and charities.
Marion was Director of Junior Trinity at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance for twelve years until July 2014 and previously held senior management posts at the Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Young Musician of the Year and Wigmore Hall. She is currently Chair of Samuel Gardner Memorial Trust and her local Wimbledon Symphony Orchestra and is an artistic and quality assessor for Arts Council England.
Katie Hasler is an Assistant Principal at the City of London Academy, Highbury Grove. During her teaching career thus far, Katie has worked as Head of Music at Charles Edward Brooke School, a girls’ comprehensive school in Lambeth, as well as at Woodford County High School, a girls’ state grammar school in North London which, under her leadership, received the Mayor of London’s School Music Excellence Award in 2017. She now continues to teach music alongside her leadership role at Highbury Grove, which has an excellent reputation for Music thanks in part to its work with the Music in Secondary Schools Trust. In addition to her work in these diverse schools, Katie has worked on both the Teach Through Music and Music Excellence London programmes in leadership roles, helping to deliver CPD and individual coaching to Music teachers across London, and continues to be involved in a variety of Music education networks.
Professor Louise Jackson is Head of Learning Enhancement and Professor of Critical Pedagogy and Arts Education at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Having trained originally trained as a singer, she taught in a wide variety of educational contexts prior to taking up a lecturing role at the University of Chichester. Her research interests include Critical Pedagogy and the arts in Higher Education; inclusive pedagogical practices and Widening Participation; and social justice in Higher Education. In 2013, she was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy, the highest award for teaching in Higher Education.
I’m a self taught musician playing keyboard, guitar, music technology and I’m a singer songwriter. As a freelance artist I get to work with lots of amazing artists and organisations such as Drake Music, Graeae Theatre Company, ExtraOrdinary Bodies, Goldsmiths & Orpheus to name a few. I am an National Associate Artist for both Drake Music & Extraordinary Bodies and I work all over the UK and internationally as an artist, vocalist, workshop leader and performer. I am a qualified facilitator and have a professional background in Youthwork, Inclusion & Education. I also love to perform informally regularly with friends in our band Rockinpaddy.
In 2010/11 I performed as lead vocalist in the world premier tour of Graeae’s musical Reasons To Be Cheerful, In November 2012 I had the honour to perform with the Blockheads at the legendary jazz club Ronnie Scotts, an historic occasion, as the Blockheads had not performed Spasticus Autisticus since Ian Dury passed away over a decade ago. I have guested with the Blockheads at various gigs since 2010, recently rerecording “Hit Me” with The Blockheads.
2012 was a momentous year for me, starting with a second UK tour of Reasons to be Cheerful. I then went on to record Spasticus Autisticus & perform live to 80,000 people (4.7 million watched on television and there was a global audience of millions) at the Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony. This performance received global critical acclaim from both audiences and critics and it was hailed as the anthem of the games.
In 2014 I completed a third full UK till as the narrator of the threepenny Opera and also got to perform Reasons in Germany. Internationally as a musician & singer I have performed in Russia, Germany, Estonia, Brazil, Poland, Mexico, Greece, France, America (where I was given the key to the city of Memphis and Nashville for services to rock & roll!), and all over the UK and of course home in Ireland.
I’m lucky to have had experience performing to many great audiences in some amazing venues including at The South Bank, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Dundee Rep, Queen
Elizabeth Hall, Hackney Empire, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Birmingham Rep, Nottingham Playhouse & Trafalgar Square to name just a few. I started out in youth work and am a qualified facilitator working with many different organisations developing creative & inclusive practice. In 2017 with Drake Music we launched The Kellycaster, redefining accessible guitar with bespoke technology. The guitar is now integral to my material and performances and survived its first tour recently.
I’m a Disability & Human Rights Campaigner (although I’ve never asked for that job title) and have appeared on tv, radio and national press with my music and most recently fighting for our rights to Independent Living. I’ve been touring professionally as a musician for the last 11 years and have just completed my 7th Irish/UK tour with Extrodinary Bodies, the UKs first professional integrated circus company.
Debra is an experienced creative producer and arts director with a wide-ranging knowledge of music, the arts, education, culture and community participation at a local, national and international level.
Debra’s previous roles include- Director of Women in Music; ACE Music Officer: Co artistic director of the Commonwealth Games Cultural Programme; Manager of the of Australian Contemporary Arts programme across the UK and Europe; Co-director of Fkuk an international producing company; Co-producer for the Nitin Sawhney project, Aftershock.
Debra is currently the Director of Brighter Sound a cultural producer of music programmes, pioneering new ways to explore creative music with musicians, composers, artists and young people. Brighter Sound regularly commissions and produces work and provides a platform for artist’s development. The company also contributes to research and strategic development concerning music and its impact and role across learning and education on a regional and national scale. Brighter Sound believes in a more equal and diverse music industry, and its Both Sides Now programme is working to affect positive change around the roles, representation and recognition of women in music, from the classroom – to the boardroom – to the stage.
A BMus Hons Composition graduate from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, Cassie is a London-based composer, arranger and alto saxophonist known for her work with jazz septet NÉRIJA (Parliamentary Jazz Award Winners 2017, Best Newcomer), Afrobeat band KOKOROKO and her own large ensemble SEED. Alongside working frequently within the world of jazz music and live performance, Cassie has also written for short film (Recent Work: Undercurrent, Anne Verheij, London Short Film Festival Best Experimental Film Nominee 2018) as well as professional classical ensembles such as the Benyounes Quartet and members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Her most recent ventures include currently partaking in the London Symphony Orchestra’s renowned Panufnik Scheme 2018-19, a Sound and Music funded series of events with her ensemble SEED (Driftglass) and working as the sole composer for The Old Vic Theatre’s professional development programme 2016-17.
is a Creative Producer with the National Centre for Inclusive Excellence, which sits in the Bristol Music Trust’s Creative Learning and Engagement team. Alex is also an accessible music specialist with over 15 years’ experience of planning, delivering and managing inclusive music making projects in and out of SEN schools across the UK.
Duncan is a Senior Lecturer in Education and Secondary Initial Teacher Education Music Curriculum Tutor. He has led the Secondary PGCE Course at Sussex as well as being the Director of Teaching and Learning in the School of Education and Social Work. Prior to entering higher education, he had many years of secondary school teaching experience. His research interests include music education, the use of technology in education, transition and Continuing Professional Development. Duncan was a member of the Department for Education National Curriculum Expert Subject Advisory Group for Music. In 2005 he was awarded a Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellowship
Sue Nicholls worked as a music subject leader in many primary settings during her career as a teacher, achieving the status of Advanced Skills Teacher – a role which allowed her to develop her particular passion within music education: the support of generalist teachers. She has published several music resource books for non-specialists for A & C Black and OUP, written for a BBC Early Years programme and lectures on music modules for teacher trainees. Sue now works nationwide as a music education consultant delivering workshops and music-based CPD to schools and music hubs and also leads the ‘Fast-Track’ Trinity CME programme for the Northampton University centre.
Tim Palmer is Head of Music Education at Trinity Laban, where he leads a suite of programmes training musicians for a variety of educational contexts. An orchestral and community music by background, he researches on higher music education pedagogy, and playfulness in formal music learning and teaching.
Simon Purcell originally came to prominence during the UK jazz boom of the 1980s through his band ‘Jazz Train’ and numerous appearances with or opposite visiting American artists (Red Rodney, Kenny Wheeler, Eddie Henderson, Jean Toussaint, Valerie Ponomarev, Dale Barlow, Bobby Shew, Conrad Erwig). His recent CD “Red Circle” was released to critical acclaim and features some of the most important contributors to the UK’s creative music scene, with bassist Steve Watts (Loose Tubes et al), drummer Gene Calderazzo (Pharaoh Sanders) saxophonist Julian Siegel (Partisans etc) and trumpeter Chris Batchelor (Hermeto Pascoal, Loose Tubes).
Recently appointed International Chair of Improvisation at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Simon was Head of Jazz at Trinity Laban Conservatoire (2005-2017) and member of the Pop and Jazz Steering Group for the Association of European Conservatoires (2008-2018). Simon is the author of educational research and a highly-respected teacher.
As a passionate music educator and thinker, Simon has been active in the conservatoire sector since 1987, contributing to the development of jazz education in the UK for many years. In 2006 he received the Jazz Educator of the Year by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (nominated again in 2016). His research into teacher-development in jazz education was published in 2005.
Jimmy Rotheram is music coordinator at Feversham Primary. He is a Kodály specialist and also works as an advocate, consultant and lobbyist for quality music education for all children in primary schools, armed with the latest research. He has advised OFSTED’s research team and the BBC as well as several music services, and Feversham’s substantial music programme (up to 7 hours per week) has attracted global attention.
As a producer of festivals, performances, music education and community programmes, Andrea’s career has focused on creating musical opportunities for those who might otherwise not have access. She was Assistant Director of Music and Head of Learning & Participation at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance until 2016 and led the Faculty of Music’s work to widen participation in music education as well as contributing to the design and teaching of HE programmes.
As a producer, Andrea’s work includes Festival of Time and Space, part of the 2009 UNESCO International Year of Astronomy, performances at the BBC Proms, Southbank Centre and South Africa Freedom Day in Trafalgar Square. Her work in music education and participation includes Animate Orchestra, a ‘young people’s orchestra for the 21st Century’, Isle of Dogs Music, addressing social isolation amongst communities in London E14 and Teach Through Music, a professional development programme for London’s secondary school music teachers.
Andrea currently works as a freelance consultant and evaluator for clients including Serious Events (producers of the London Jazz Festival), English Folk Dance & Song Society and the exam board Trinity College London.
Daniel Spreadbury is the Product Marketing Manager for Dorico. He studied music at University College, Oxford and singing under Alastair Thompson, founder member of the King’s Singers. An experienced singer and choral conductor, after graduation he was a tenor lay clerk in the choir at Ely Cathedral, during which time he started working at Sibelius Software. After Sibelius’s corporate parent Avid closed the UK development office in 2012, he and the other members of the original Sibelius development team joined Steinberg, where they have built a brand new professional scoring application, Dorico, from scratch.
Annabel is Arts Development Manager for Trinity College London, supporting schools, arts organisations and more nationwide to deliver nationally recognised arts qualifications across graded music, drama and Arts Award. Prior to Trinity College London she has worked for a range of national arts organisations in participation and outreach, as well as delivering CPD and training to teachers and practitioners. With a passion for helping young people to access arts and culture she is delighted to be speaking at the MU conference. Annabel is also a school governor.
Maria Turley is Senior Manager of Lewisham Music, an arts charity and the Music Education Hub lead organisation for the London Borough of Lewisham. Since 2000 she has worked for a range of organisations – including Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, the Dalcroze Society, and the Royal Opera House Creative Partnerships programme – to develop and deliver learning, education, and participatory activity, particularly with children and young people. From 2012 to 2017, Maria was an Arts Council England Relationship Manager, working with music education and young people’s delivery organisations in the London region. Most recently, she was seconded to Spitalfields Music as Director of Learning and Participation, steering delivery of their acclaimed programme of community engagement work. She managed the Royal Philharmonic Society Award winning Sound Inventors programme on behalf of the spnm (now part of Sound and Music). Maria is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.
Sarah Upjohn qualified as a physiotherapist from the Bristol School of Physiotherapy in 1983 and has gained extensive clinical experience in the UK, Canada, Australia and the USA. Between 1994 and 2002 she was a Senior Lecturer on the BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy course at the University of Hertfordshire, obtaining an MA in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in 1997. Since 2008 she has worked clinically in the field of Performing Arts Medicine, specialising in assessing and treating instrumental musicians. he has a particular interest in the ergonomics and bio-mechanics of instrumental playing.
Sarah is the physiotherapist at The Purcell School for Young Musicians, and works for the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) where, in addition to being a member of their Medical Committee, she is an assessing clinician, and is part of their trainer network. Additionally, Sarah is an active member of the Healthy Conservatoires Network, and of the Musicians Health Advisory Board of Help Musicians UK (HMUK).
In 2011 she began a Doctorate of Education (EdD) at the University of Cambridge. Sarah’s Doctoral research is a project aimed at increasing awareness of risk factors for playing related injury in young musicians in order to decrease the incidence of playing related injuries in pupils at the school.
Chris Walters is a musician based in London. He currently works part-time for the Musicians’ Union as an education official, combining this with freelance performing and consultancy in music publishing, most recently on Trinity College London’s Rock & Pop syllabus. He is also a director of the Clarinet & Saxophone Society of Great Britain, for whom he edits the quarterly journal Clarinet & Saxophone. He was previously head of music qualifications at Trinity College London and editor of Music Teacher magazine for Rhinegold Publishing. In 2007-08 he worked as an instrumental music teacher in Nairobi, Kenya and remains an active supporter of music projects in Africa.
Gina Westbrook is the Director of Early Years Creativity at Take Art. She began her adventure in 2001 and has cherished the journey through Somerset and beyond with under fives, families, EY practitioners, researchers and a willing range of partners ever since.
Outside of Take Art, Gina has a role as Strategic Reports Director with a business information publisher.
Bridget was appointed CEO of Music Mark in July 2017 after having worked as a consultant in music education for over 15 years. She started her career working for the Arts Council in the South East before moving to London to work for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Royal Academy of Music. In 1995 she went freelance and apart from a brief return to employment from‘97 to ‘99 – as Administrator at Surrey Arts – she worked as a consultant for over 20 years prior to taking up this role. Clients included Youth Music, various music services and hubs, and she worked for the Music Manifesto and subsequently the Department for Education to set up and support the National Singing Programme – Sing Up. More recently she was an Associate Lecturer in the Music Department at Surrey University for four years and managed MusicNet East for a year covering for the manager whilst they were on sick leave. Her last key freelance role was as Strategic Advisor for the British Council’s World Voice Programme, setting up singing programmes in over 20 countries around the globe.
Diane worked for over 20 years in music education as an instrumental teacher and manager for music services, as well as playing the flute professionally, before joining the Musicians’ Union in 2006. As National Organiser for Education and Training at the MU, Diane has a remit to develop benefits and services for musicians who teach and heads a team of music education specialists who offer advice and guidance to members.
The MU has over 30,000 members representing musicians working across the whole of the music industry with two thirds of members working in the music education sector.
Diane is on the board of trustees for Music for Youth and BAPAM and Chair of UK Music Skills group.