Speakers

Cameron Bray, Head of Music Content and Sarah Lambie, Head of Drama Content have secured a line-up of fantastic speakers for the programme at this year's show. Read below to find out more about them, and view their sessions in the programme.

Andy Gleadhill

Andy Gleadhill is internationally acknowledged as a leading authority on teaching World Music. An Associate Lecturer at Bath Spa University and has also been the Head of a Local Authority Music Service and a Music Education Hub. He travels the globe delivering World Music Workshops and Teacher Development Training. www.andygleadhill.co.uk

Beat Goes On

Beat Goes On deliver STOMP-style Body Percussion, Samba Drumming and a range of other percussion workshops, CPD sessions and content for conferences throughout the UK and internationally. They are a team of highly experienced musicians and educators, with CVs that include the international hit show STOMP and the Rio de Janeiro carnival. For all enquiries, taster videos and free resources please visit www.beatgoeson.co.uk

Catherine Nash, Kingswood School

Catherine Nash has taught Drama for twenty years and is currently Head of Department at Kingswood School in Bath. She is a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching and is a moderator/examiner for GCSE. Alison Warren is subject leader for Drama at Clarendon Academy in Trowbridge, a state secondary school. She is a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching; is a BTEC SV and writes for Drama & Theatre. Catherine and Alison create Drama resources under the guise of 'No Nonsense Drama' and are two of the five co-founders of a new non profit organisation – Open Drama – which supports drama practitioners in both the educational and industry sectors.

David Bedward, TranslAction

David has a background in drama, dance and languages. He has taught drama in England and France at primary, secondary and further education level. David has performed and directed in England, France and Italy. This experience has allowed him to work with individuals who have different levels of performance experience.

Dr Jim Frankel, Director, MusicFirst

Dr Jim Frankel is the Head of Digital Education for the Music Sales Group, and Director of MusicFirst. Previously, he was the Managing Director of SoundTree, the Educational Division of Korg USA, and before that he was the instrumental and general music teacher at the Franklin Avenue Middle School in Franklin Lakes, NJ for 11 of his nearly 15 years in the New Jersey Public Schools. He completed his Masters Degree and Doctor of Education degrees in Music Education at Teachers College, Columbia in 2002. He has been teaching courses on music technology at TC since 1999. Dr Frankel is a widely published author in various state, national and international journals of music education. In addition to his writing, Dr Frankel is a highly sought-after clinician in the local, national and international music education communities. He is on the Board of Directors for TI:ME and is the past president of ATMI.

Geoff Smith

Geoff has written and taught drama in education for the past twenty years. He specialises in; Forum Theatre, Process Drama and Mantle of the Expert. He has developed workshops for schools and national organisations such as; NASUWT, ATL, NUT, Manchester University, Virgin Trains and the National Stress Network. He also co-wrote and directed comedian Greg Davies stand-up show.

Helen Barnett, Learning and Participation Manager, Trestle Theatre Company

Helen Barnett is Learning and Participation Manager at Trestle Theatre and is an expert in mask, she manages Trestle's educational and participatory programme's and leads on Trestle's MA and PGCE courses for Middlesex University. Helen has an MA in Directing from East 15 Acting School and a BA in Drama from Loughborough University.

Jimmy Rotheram, Music teacher, Feversham Primary Academy

Jimmy Rotheram developed the whole-school music programme at Feversham Primary Academy which has attracted worldwide attention and acclaim from media and educators, leading to him being shortlisted for the $1m Global Teacher Prize. In addition to his work at Feversham, Jimmy is a regular presenter at music conferences across the UK.

Judith Kleinman, Author, Alexander in Education

Judith Kleinman trained as a musician working and touring with the major London Orchestras and chamber groups. For the last 30 years Judith has been one of the Alexander team at the Royal College of Music and junior Royal Academy and co wrote 'The Alexander Technique for Musicians' published by Bloomsbury.

Kim Waldock, Freelance Arts Education Consultant, KimWaldock.com

Kim Waldock is a freelance arts education consultant. She was head of National Programmes for the Royal Opera House and Director of Education at the Sydney Symphony. She now works with a range of organisations across the globe advising on, devising and evaluating educational and engagement programmes.

Mary-Alice Stack, Chief Executive, Creative United

Mary-Alice Stack is Chief Executive of Creative United, an Arts Council funded Sector Support Organisation that supports economic growth and social impact in the arts, cultural and creative industries across the UK. Prior to the establishment of Creative United, she spent 8 years working for Arts Council England leading on the development of a range of pioneering public engagement and access to finance initiatives, including the 'Take it away' interest free loan scheme for the purchase of musical instruments. In March 2019, Creative United announced its plans to work in partnership with the OHMI Trust, Open Up Music, Drake Music and Youth Music ('the Take it away Consortium') to address inequalities in the provision of access to music for disabled children and young people.

Nancy Litten, Author, Alfred UK

Nancy Litten entered the Royal Academy of Music at age 16 on an open piano scholarship, but she also studied violin, singing, and conducting. Since then she has enjoyed a variety of musical activities, performing in solo, chamber, and orchestral settings. She has a wealth of experience as an accompanist and choral conductor, having worked with singers of all ages and standards. Teaching has involved piano, keyboard, violin, chamber music, singing, choirs, and musicianship. Nancy is an ABRSM examiner, an adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals (serving on the adjudicators’ council), and chair of EPTA UK’s Kent region. She was founder and director of National Electronic Keyboard Courses from 2005-2012, and as keyboard consultant works with the ABRSM and Trinity exam boards; many of her arrangements and original pieces can be found in their publications. She has also written many magazine articles and book reviews. Alfred Music UK has published a range of her books: ‘Keyed Up’ tutors for electronic keyboard, ‘Playing with Colour’ tutors for violin (co-authored with Sharon Goodey), ‘Choral and Vocal Warm-ups for pianists’, and ‘Choral and Vocal Sight Singing, with keyboard harmony’.

Nathan Holder, Musician and Author, I Wish I Didn't Quit

Nathan Holder is a musician based in London. He received his masters in Music Performance from Kingston University in 2017 winning the MMus Prize for Outstanding Achievement. His first book entitled 'I Wish I Didn't Quit: Music Lessons' was published in 2018.

National Youth Theatre Associate (tbc), National Youth Theatre

National Youth Theatre Associates are professional actors or directors, with industry experience, trained to deliver fun and informative workshops to both educators and young people.

Nick Bottini, Author and Musician Coach, Just Play: The Simple Truth Behind Musical Excellence

Nick Bottini is the author of the number one bestseller Just Play: The Simple Truth Behind Musical Excellence. He is a transformative coach working predominantly in the music industry with elite performers, music students, competition winners and child prodigies.

Owen Cox, Deputy Head of Strings, Chetham's School of Music

Dr Owen Cox is Deputy Head of Strings at Chetham's School of Music. A former professional violinist, he is now a dedicated teacher who specialises in work with Chetham's younger string players and ensembles.

Paul Harris, Composer, Author, Educator, Faber Music

After studies at the Royal Academy of Music and the University of London, Paul Harris has now established an international reputation as one of the UK's leading educationalists. He studied the clarinet with Professor John Davies, winning the August Manns Prize for outstanding performance, composition with Timothy Baxter and conducting with Maurice Miles. He then went on to study music education at the University of London where he was a pupil of Professor Keith Swanwick. He now has over six hundred publications to his name dealing with a vast array of subjects mostly concerning music education. His Music Teacher's Companion (co-written with Richard Crozier), won the UK's MIA Best New Book award and his series 'Improve Your Theory!' the Music Teacher Best Print Resource Award. He has created and and continues to develop Simultaneous Learning, his highly acclaimed approach to instrumental and singing teaching which has found support all over the world. Paul's innovative teaching techniques combine thoroughness, imagination and practicality, which are the defining qualities of his outstandingly successful work.

Paul Sutton, C&T

Paul Sutton works for C&T, widely regarded as a world leader in the field of drama, learning and digital technology. With partner schools, colleges, universities and theatres across the globe – including on Broadway, Korogocho, a slum in Nairobi, Vienna, New Zealand and across the UK, C&T uses theatre and technology to build global collaborations explores and critiques the challenges of life in our digital century. At the core of their approach is their online theatre platform Prospero.digital. C&T are a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England.

Rachel Shapey, Founder and Director, I Can Compose

Rachel is the founder and director of I Can Compose, winner of Outstanding Music Education Product in the 2019 Music Teacher Awards.  She has 12 years’ experience as a secondary music teacher in a variety of educational settings and is passionate about composition in the classroom.

Rachel Wolffsohn, General Manager, The OHMI Trust

Rachel Wolffsohn is the General Manager of the OHMI Trust. Rachel studied Music and Education at Cardiff University and then Secondary Music Education at the University of Wales, Institute of Cardiff. After teaching secondary school music for a number of years she took an extended career break to care for her family before returning to work as the General Manager of the OHMI Trust in 2014. She has extensive experience as a school governor in the primary and secondary sector.

Tom Doughty, Lap slide guitarist

Tom Doughty is a musician and singer-songwriter and has been described by some of the biggest names in the industry as one of the world's finest lap slide guitarists. Tom first learnt his craft through interpreting what he heard on records and later through watching other guitar players. As an early teenager, Tom had become an accomplished fingerstyle guitarist and recalls playing the Davey Graham tune ‘Angie’ at a school concert. Tom has a permanent disability, caused by a spinal injury when he was 17. People would call his disability serious (it affects his legs, arms and fingers), yet he believes his impairment feeds his creativity, inventiveness and musicianship. He has recently completed a tour of spinal injury units around the UK, introducing adult learners to the lap slide guitar.

Tom Redmond, Director of music, Chetham's School of Music

Tom Redmond, who joined Chetham's as Director of Music in September, is originally a horn player. One of the country's best known animateurs and presenters, he has devised numerous interactive events for young audiences and worked with young players through Chetham's, Junior RNCM and the National Youth Orchestra.