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KATE BUCHANAN is a freelance music education consultant and a trustee for Live Music Now. Until 2017 she was Head of Creative & Professional Practice at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. She is active in her local community as a parish councillor and as a director of the Meltham Carlile Institute – a hub for arts and community activities including the Meltham Community Choir and a Singing for Health group. Kate studied music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Goldsmiths College, University of London. She taught for ten years (Music Services, adult education, local education authority) before becoming Education Officer for the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 1987. She was appointed Senior Lecturer at Trinity College of Music in 1995. A longstanding supporter and specialist practitioner of the Orff approach to music education, Kate was chair of the Orff Society UK 2000-2007 and is currently Editor of the Orff Times. Her consultancy work has included projects for Channel4 Learning, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Foundation for Youth Music.

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