How long have you been involved with Musical Futures:
14 and a half years – initially as a project manager for the original Paul Hamlyn Pathfinder project (2003-2008), then in many other roles from national co-ordinator to secondary programme manager and now Managing Director.
Running in tandem to my work with Musical Futures has always been my work for ArtForms (the lead organisation for the music hub in Leeds) which has given me a unique opportunity to work with young people across the city using Musical Futures models and in supporting classroom teachers at both primary and secondary level.
What do you do:
Manage the day to day running of the organisation, work with the team to establish our programmes of work and new developments as well as lead on consultancy, training and conference presentations.
Recent presentations include:
- Representing Musical Futures as one of 100 innovative education projects across the world – 2017 Innovation Summit hosted by HundrEd
- Workshop session for 175 delegates at the Music and Drama Education Expo – February 2018
- Association for Popular Music Education “Shaping the Future of Popular Music Education” – Nashville, June 2018
- International seminar “Learning Music Through Play in Out-of-School Context”, April 2019, at the Faculty of Music of Laval University in Québec City, Canada
- FÉILTE 2020 ‘Collaborating to Connect: Empathy with our Communities’, October 2020
- [RE]LEARN 2020: The Learning Innovation Festival, November 2020
What is your background:
- I studied music at Chetham’s School of Music before going on to the University of Nottingham to study music and then to complete a PGCE at Bretton Hall (Uni of Leeds)
- I have worked as both an instrumental teacher teaching cello, but spent the majority of my career teaching music in both primary and high schools before joining ArtForms (the Leeds Pathfinder) to work on the PHF Musical Futures special initiative in 2005.
- Alongside my role as Managing Director of Musical Futures I was also Head of Extended Learning Development for ArtForms (Leeds Music Education Partnership) until March 2021
- Project Manager, National Co-ordinator, Secondary Programme Manager, Head of Strategic Partnerships for Musical Futures
- Lead cellist for Harrogate Symphony Orchestra
Five words that sum up Musical Futures:
Engaging, positive, imaginative, reflective, changing
What music are you listening to at the moment:
The Killers, David Gray and loads of tracks as inspiration for a Just Play playalong!