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Meet the Team

A staff team works alongside representatives from our membership

Bridget Whyte - Chief Executive

Bridget joins Music Mark as the CEO having worked as a consultant in music education for over 15 years. Reporting to the Chair and Board of Trustees, the Chief Executive is responsible for delivering Music Mark’s remit as a membership organisation, subject association and strategic lead organisation for Music Education; as well as developing and growing the charity both in terms of its impact and financial strengths.

Bridget 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 for the Surrey Arts – she has now worked as a consultant for over 20 years. Clients have 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. Currently she is a Strategic Advisor for the British Council’s World Voice Programme and has just finished a 4th year as an Associate Lecturer in the Music Department at Surrey University.

Sarah Bolton King - Membership & Administration Manager

Sarah’s Membership and Administration role means that she is the first port of call for all Music Mark Members. Her responsibilities include sharing Member Success, News and upcoming Events on the Music Mark website, advertising jobs, arranging Membership renewals and administrating the daily running of the office.

Sarah’s professional background combines her interest in Education and Music. After finishing her Music degree 4 years ago, she worked as a Primary Teaching Assistant for two years, before deciding to make a small career change into the Music Education Sector. She took up the position of Education and Projects Trainee at the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) for 5 months before achieving a full time position at the OAE as Projects Officer. After 18 months of Project Managing a number of orchestral concerts and tours nationally and internationally, she made the move to Music Mark to further her career in the Music Education Sector.

Stephanie Kennedy - Communications and Marketing Manager

Stephanie Kennedy has recently joined the Music Mark team as Communications and Marketing Manager. She is responsible for the communications strategy of the charity, ensuring the appropriate level of visibility and recognition for the Music Mark brand and messaging to members and the wider sector. As well as exploring press and PR opportunities, she will also assist in Lobbying planning and delivery.

Stephanie is a former journalist and spent 7 years living and working in Venezuela, Brazil and Colombia. She undertook numerous research projects, including an investigation into issues of ethnicity and gender in indigenous communities of the Amazon before moving to Caracas to help set up communitarian media projects with children living in city slums. Since returning to the UK, she has focused on developing communications in the arts and education sector. As an avid consumer of the arts herself, Stephanie believes all children should have access to a rounded education and a creative curriculum, having seen first-hand how the arts can have a real impact on the lives of young people.

Emily MacAllister - Administration Assistant

Emily Joins Music Mark to assist with many aspects of the daily running of the Music Mark office. As an intern, she is training in Arts administration through engaging with the upkeep of the Music Mark diary and website, as well as being involved in membership administration and helping with the Music Mark Annual Conference.

Emily left Bristol University in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Music. Prior to joining Music Mark, Emily worked as a House Manager at St George’s Concert Hall in Bristol, while also carrying out work experience in Digital Marketing and Communications at Believe Distribution Services and volunteering at Cheltenham Music Festival. Her enjoyment of classical music has led her to a career in the Arts, with a particular interest in the Music Education Sector.

Rebecca Pedlow

Rebecca Pedlow - North East

Born in Stockton, Teesside, Rebecca Pedlow enjoyed an early music education as part of the Cleveland Youth Orchestra and singing in many choirs in the region. She went on to study music at City University in London, receiving singing lessons at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

As a professional singer, she’s performed in four national tours with the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, as a session singer at Abbey Road Studios, and solos with a range of operatic and theatre groups up and down the country.Her recordings range from Orpheus in the Underworld with the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, to Oklahoma with Jay Records.

Her work as a vocal tutor, teacher, workshop leader and lecturer has ranged from setting up the Silver Singers Choirs and Ukulele activities at Arc, Stockton, delivering Big Sing and Vocal Force sessions for Sage Gateshead and lecturing at Teesside University. Over 25 years experience working in arts administration has included employment with City of London Music Festival, London Festival Hall, London Bubble Theatre Company, Creative Partnerships Tees Valley, MusicLeader North East, Sage Gateshead, Arts Council and now as Manager of Sunderland Music Education Hub.

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Annabelle Knowles - South West

Annabelle completed her training as a primary school teacher in 1996, with a science specialism.  As a keen amateur musician and reasonably accomplished pianist, guitarist and singer, she quickly recognised the value of incorporating music in her day to day teaching and its effect on students’ wellbeing and behaviour.  She consequently chose to specialise in the field of music education and her career to date has reflected this.  In 2005 she set up Torbay Music Service, instigated Wider Opportunities throughout the region and is now lead for the Torbay Music Education Hub.

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Jennifer McKie - East Midlands (MEHEM)

Jennifer was raised in Huddersfield and joined the Huddersfield Choral Society Youth Choir at a young age. She participated in music festivals across the region from the age of 10 and whilst studying at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, won the prestigious Kirklees Young Musician of the Year. Jennifer graduated with distinction in 1997 and went onto post-graduate study (PGDipRCM) at the Royal College of Music  where she won the Arthur Bliss prize for singing. Jennifer completed her PGCE (Secondary Music) at Goldsmiths College and taught secondary music in London, culminating in Advanced Skills Teacher (AST) status in 2002.

Jennifer led the Hammersmith and Fulham Music Service for 6 years before embarking on her current role in 2007 as Head of Lincolnshire Music Service (LMS). LMS is also the lead organisation of the Lincolnshire Music Education Hub which consists of around 25 partners united to achieve the very best musical provision for Lincolnshire children and young people. Jennifer is delighted to represent MEHEM and took up this role in 2016. Whilst not at work, Jennifer enjoys fitness and ran the London Marathon in 2015!

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Colin New

Colin New - South East

Colin New, trained as a secondary music teacher and later led a music department as well as gaining experience of leadership in a pastoral role in schools. Currently Deputy Head of Hampshire Music Service having been with them for 10 years. Now in my second year as regional rep for the South East region.

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Ciarán O'Donnell

Ciarán O'Donnell - West Midlands

Ciarán O’Donnell was born in Derry City, Northern Ireland in 1981 and began playing the clarinet and saxophone at the age of ten and eleven respectively. He studied music at Queen’s University, Belfast, where he graduated with first-class honours. He was subsequently awarded a scholarship for further study at Birmingham Conservatoire, where he completed a postgraduate diploma with distinction and was awarded the Conservatoire’s post graduate prize 2003. He joined Birmingham Music Service in 2005 as a woodwind teacher, teaching successfully in a variety of Birmingham Schools.

Ciarán held the post as Head of Woodwind at Birmingham Music Service from 2009. In January 2014 he was appointed as the Head of Music Service. He is the nominated regional representative for the West Midlands Music Mark group, where he continues support the collaborative work of the 14 Music Services of the West Midlands. In June 2013, he was awarded honorary membership of Birmingham Conservatoire, for his innovative partnership work in the field of Music Education.

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Charly Richardson

Charly Richardson - East of England

After graduating from Goldsmith’s College with a degree in Popular Music Studies, Charly spent years as both a professional saxophonist touring Europe with various bands, and a primary music and drama teacher. He also ran the music department at Hoxton Hall Youth Arts Centre, delivering creative music and band workshops to young people in challenging circumstances, and oversaw the Youth Music Mentors programme. He designed and delivered CPD courses aimed at inspiring generalist primary teachers to deliver the music curriculum creatively.

After moving to Essex Charly became Regional CPD & Training Manager for Charanga, travelling the East of England on a mission to improve primary music provision. He also worked with a range of partners as a Project Manager for Essex Music Education Hub, and led a significant needs analysis and conference looking at music in special schools across three Hubs, an interest which continues to this day.

In August 2014, Charly took the position of Lead Officer of Essex Music Services, leading the transformation of one of the biggest Hubs in England. Essex has made great progress in areas such as music technology, SEND music, inclusion and an innovative programme of school improvement, CPD and curriculum support.

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Richard Milton - North West

Richard has been the head of Salford Music and Performing Arts Service (MAPAS) since 2001 and before that had a successful career as a secondary school music teacher.

A strong believer in partnerships Richard has worked with many organisations across the country to further the development of music education. This has included extensive work with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and the Halle Orchestra in Manchester.

A graduate of Salford University, Richard has forged links with the university and MAPAS. These partnerships have helped develop the greater Manchester music hub, the largest music education hub in the country which is at the cutting edge of music education development.

Stephen Wild

Stephen Wild - Yorkshire & Humberside

Stephen leads ArtForms music service and the Leeds Music Education Partnership in Leeds. Leeds is a vibrant and diverse city, and the music education hub in Leeds reflects this. Horn player, accordionist, composer, teacher and enthusiast, Stephen came to Yorkshire many years ago, and has never got round to returning home to Wales.

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Gary Griffiths - London

Head of Service at Havering Music School

James Dickinson

James Dickinson - Chair

James Dickinson grew up in Hull, beginning to play the French horn with the Hull Music Service at the age of 9. At 12 he moved to Huntingdon and played in Cambridgeshire County Youth Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra and attended the Junior Department of the RCM. He read music at Oxford University (Lady Margaret Hall) and then worked as an orchestral manager for both CCYO and NYO and subsequently taught brass. After a spell as a mastering studio manager he left music and became marketing manager of two IT companies before becoming Projects & Activities Manager for Hertfordshire Music Service in 2003. He succeeded John Witchell as Head of Service in 2007. He is currently solo horn with Amersham Band.

James leads one of the country’s largest Music Services – 550 teachers delivering 6,000 hours of teaching and activities per week and has led two substantial building programmes with new Music Centres being built in Watford and Stevenage. Hertfordshire’s original Hub bid was identified as an exemplar and the Service has been recognised by Diplomas from National Music Council in 2007, 2011 and 2013 and was shortlisted for the MEC Major Award 2015. In 2014, along with Peter Chivers (Brighton & Hove) he secured ACE funding for a Peer Learning programme that was successfully delivered across the East and South East regions. James was FMS then Music Mark Eastern Regional Convenor 2012-16 and sits on the ACE Data and Peer Learning groups, Music Mark WCET group and MEC Singing Working Group as well as on the Advisory Group for the ROH Bridge.

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David Little - Treasurer

David Little studied Bass Trombone and conducting at the University of Huddersfield with Leslie Storey and Neville Roberts (Halle) before commencing his work with Wigan Music Service in 1996. Starting with a beginner ensemble of just four cornet players, David led the development of Wigan’s brass department which now operates three full size brass bands and provides young brass musicians for the Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra, its jazz training ensembles and the Wigan Youth Symphony Orchestra. Many of David’s pupils have gone on to studying at Conservatoire level and some are now in-demand ‘name’ players in the professional performance arena.

David is now Head of Music Service for Wigan Council and takes a prominent role in the management and operations of the Greater Manchester Music Hub. David still finds time to direct the award winning Wigan Youth Brass Band and since 2011 the famous Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra. David continues to work as a freelance bass trombonist and his career has included appearances with James Morrison, Bill Watrous, Bobby Shew, Pete and Conti Condoli, Gordon Goodwin, Eric Marienthal and Wayne Bergeron. David has worked regularly with many of the UK’s touring big bands and now enjoys working closer to home with the Lancashire based Intrada Brass Ensemble.

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Diane Rivaud

Diane Rivaud

Diane Rivaud embarked upon her musical career, studying violin at The Royal Welsh College of Music Drama, also gaining a diploma on piano. After working as a professional orchestral player she gained a PGCE in secondary music education. Today she continues to enjoy a varied career in music education and has never looked back.

After her first post at Queens College Taunton, the birth of her two daughters, numerous teaching positions in the primary and secondary sector, including a Head of Music position in a large secondary school, there followed teaching and management posts in Somerset County Council’s Music Service. Integrating instrumental /vocal and curriculum learning have always been fundamental to her all inclusive approach to music education.

In 2000 she was appointed Deputy Director for Somerset Music and remained in that post for 10 years, also acting as the South West Regional Coordinator for Musical Futures. This period included inspiring visits to Columbia with South West teachers and the British Council that gave insight into the El Sistema approach. Following two years as Interim Director of the Music Service, she departed to take up post as Head of Leicestershire and Leicester City Music Service in 2012, to develop a thriving hub working with 402 schools, bringing 30 active and commissioned partnerships into an exciting and eclectic mix.

Diane enjoys nothing more than working with partners and music education professionals, contributing to the bigger picture. This has included acting as a Music Service Evaluation Partner, sitting on the ACE Quality Sub Group and as one of two hubs piloting the ACE Peer Development Programme. Academically, she has had two papers accepted by ISME for their international conferences, gained her Masters in Education with a higher distinction, focusing on leadership and management, and received an award from the University of Plymouth for impact on professional practice.

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Yogesh Dattani

Yogesh is responsible for the strategic leadership of the Ealing Music Service and the Music Education Hub for Ealing and the development of effective and sustainable partnerships with a range of providers for the benefit of children and young people in Ealing.

His previous roles include over 20 years of teaching music in a range of contexts, including instrumental provision in schools, local authority music services & community organisations and management of an all through school-based music department.

Yogesh has been a Governor at 2 primary schools and is currently Vice President for Education at Watford Speakers, a local Toastmasters International club which supports members to become better speakers and leaders.

Yogesh has developed teaching strategies and resources for the teaching and learning of Indian music, which combine the very best of current pedagogical methods to keep children motivated whilst making sound progress from the start. Colleagues in the UK and Europe have benefitted from Yogesh’s workshops at national events, such as Federation of Music Services, National Association of Music Educators and Music Mark annual conferences, as well as bespoke training for music service staff in Hammersmith & Fulham, Southampton, Wiltshire, Harrow, Milton Keynes and Leicestershire.

Areas of expertise: music service leadership & management, partnership development, change management, South Asian music and fundraising.

Peter Smalley

Peter Smalley is the Chief Executive Officer of the Northampton Music and Performing Arts Trust, an independent charitable company which fulfils the functions of the former Local Authority Music Service and leads the Northamptonshire Music Education Hub and Rutland Music Education Hub.

Trained at the University of Birmingham, he has had a lifetime of experience in music education, initially in the classroom and then as an instrumental teacher for Staffordshire. In 1993 he moved to Northamptonshire as Head of Brass, serving for 19 years as one of the deputies to Peter Dunkley. In 2012 he became the CEO of the new charity.

Originally a trumpet player, he has experience as a performer, arranger and composer but more recently has focused on conducting. Since 2000 he has been the musical director of the Northamptonshire County Youth Concert Band appearing with them on many national and international stages. As a teacher he has worked on the development of brass pedagogy on a local and national scale: developing local schemes of work, teaching and assessment materials, contributing to the development of major teaching schemes, publications and examination syllabi, as well as being a member of the original Common Approach brass team.

He is a passionate believer in the transformative power of music and the arts for children and young people and the right of all children to benefit from exposure to them. Having been involved with Music Mark since its inception, and FMS since 1992, he understands the need for a collective voice to campaign and advocate for the Music Education sector: supporting colleagues, influencing policy makers and connecting with partners across the industry. “The combined voice of the whole sector is more powerful than any of us individually can hope to be and Music Mark is the vehicle to ensure that voice is heard.”

Maureen Hanke

I am self-employed and an individual member of Music Mark

Following my music degree at London University, and a PGCE with Janet Ritterman, I started teaching in Deptford and Blackheath within a large and vibrant music department. The ILEA was generous in its provision of workshops and CPD and most weekends I attended courses and workshops with for example, John Paynter, David Aspin, the LSO, Gillian Moore, National Art Galleries and many other leaders in their field.

By 1983 I was leading my own department in Tower Hamlets and was the last appointed ILEA music coordinator in Dec 1987, supporting music education in Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Islington. When the Authority was abolished in 1989 I was appointed Music Adviser in the London Borough of Sutton.

An MA in Education Management led to my appointment as Centre Manager and Professional Development adviser for Barking and Dagenham in 1992. This started a brief period during which I trained as an Ofsted inspector and joined the advisory team as the music advisor and inspector, before my appointment as Director of Continuing Education for Trinity College of Music in 1998. We designed and successfully taught a series of professional development certificates validated by Trinity’s Examination Board, that culminated in an MA course for Musicians and Teachers. Our course included members of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the Northern Sinfonia, Liverpool Philharmonic and BBC in Manchester, along with UK and international students.

The college and its education courses closed in 2000 and I continued to work in music education with QCA, CfBT (1996 – 2001) and with the publishers A&C Black. In 2001, I joined Norfolk Music Service and subsequently became head of its Music Education Hub until 2016. Throughout this period, I continued to teach music and the PGCE course at UEA and played a full part in Music Mark as a regional representative and a period of chair of the national executive. I opened a CME course in 2014 and continue to teach the course for Norfolk Music Education hub.

I am currently self-employed and studying how to research. I would like to research into partnerships between musicians and music teachers.

Abigail D’Amore

Abigail D’Amore is a freelance consultant and project manager with expertise in informal and non-formal pedagogies and practice as a means of increasing engagement and participation. Current client organisations include Surrey Arts, Nottingham City Music Service, Creative People and Places and The Music Path (Los Angeles).

She was formerly Chief Executive of Musical Futures, which was recognised as one of the Finnish Hundred top global innovations in 2017. Abigail worked with Musical Futures since its inception as a Paul Hamlyn Foundation special initiative in 2004, initially as a research officer with Professor Lucy Green developing informal learning approaches to music learning in the classroom; national coordinator supporting the initial rollout and devising a national CPD programme; project leader determining MF’s strategic direction as an international grassroots movement; and finally leading the transition of Musical Futures from a project to an independent not-for-profit organisation.

She has previously consulted with various UK-based organisations and programmes including INSPIRE Music, Youth Music, Hertfordshire Music Service and the Institute of Education as an evaluator, project manager, writer and editor, and has carried out strategic consultancy support to music education organisations in Australia, Canada, China and America.

Publications include ‘Aspiring to Music Making as Leisure through the Musical Futures Classroom’ with Gareth Dylan Smith (in The Oxford Handbook of Music Making and Leisure, New York: Oxford University Press, Jan 2016) and ‘Challenging Symbolic Violence and Hegemony in Music Education through Contemporary Pedagogical Approaches’ with Gareth Dylan Smith and Bryan Powell (in Education 3-13, forthcoming).

Abigail is a school governor of Hallow C of E Primary School (Worcestershire). She studied ethnomusicology, and is passionate about how music forms part of peoples’ lives. She likes a good tweet-off (@abigaildamore www.abigaildamore.com), and bashing out tunes on the piano.

Professor Martin Fautley

Professor Martin Fautley has a long history of research in the area of music education. He has written ten books, published over fifty papers, articles, and book chapters, and presented over one hundred conference papers, research presentations, and keynote addresses on his work.

Charles Hazlewood

Charles Hazlewood - Our Patron

“I was thrilled to be invited to be the first Patron of Music Mark and which I accept with delight. It is a privilege to be a part of this new organisation which builds upon the illustrious pasts of the Federation of Music Services and the National Association of Music Educators and looks forward with vision, ambition and a huge range of talent and skill amongst its membership.

A great music education, up-close and personal, is not a luxury for the few, it’s a birth-right for all! Whether its an opportunity to play a musical instrument or sing or compose or improvise or play in a band or an orchestra (or hopefully all of those and more) music is sovereign amongst all subjects in being able to spark young people’s imagination, unleash their creativity, stimulate their social conscience and galvanise their sense of community and belonging.

The aims of The UK Association for Music Education – Music Mark are a perfect match with my own personal aspirations as a musician, conductor and parent, for all children and young people, whatever their circumstances, to experience the very best music education and I wish the organisation all success in its endeavours in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Isles.”

About Charles

British conductor Charles Hazlewood occupies a unique position in musical life. His fresh performances of classical music shake up the traditional settings of the form — in one he’ll engage in a conversation with the audience, while in another he’ll blend film or sculpture into a piece – but his goal is always the same: exposing the deep, always-modern joy of orchestral music.

He conducts some of the world’s great orchestras, has had a sell-out show in the West End, won the Berlin Film Festival Golden Bear with his South African opera company, has collaborated with some of the top names in the pop music industry, has authored and presented music on BBC television and radio, established the first orchestral alternative to Glastonbury festival and founded the world’s first paraorchestra. His primary and tireless mission is to bring orchestral music alive for a new audience.

Learn more about Charles at his website www.charleshazlewood.com

Charles Hazlewood

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