Trainee Music Leaders – what are they up to now?


As we’re currently in the process of accepting applications for our Trainee Music Leaders scheme, we thought it would be a good idea to catch up with our previous workshop leaders. What have they gone on to do since they took part in the scheme?

Isabelle Adams is now a successful workshop leader and has presented family concerts with Britten Sinfonia and at Wigmore Hall. As a classical consort singer she has performed with EXAUDI and the Cambridge Singers, and she’ll be working on our new 1000-voice project Crowd Out with us over the next year.

Former Trainee Music Leader Sam Glazer

Former Trainee Music Leader Sam Glazer

Sam Glazer has maintained a strong relationship with Spitalfields Music since he completed the scheme, co-leading our Musical Rumpus, and working on projects with our Neighbourhood Schools including our brand new Takeover! festivals. He has also worked with Britten Sinfonia, English National Opera, Wigmore Hall and Glyndebourne Education.

Jim Cartwright has led on projects at The Cherry Trees School and Jagonari Centre in Whitechapel, and will be working at Canon Barnett Primary School later this year. He is currently a drum tutor on the Musical Futures programme at Southwark Music Service.

Horn player Carly Lake has just joined us as our new research assistant from QMUL and she’ll be working on research project Making Community through Music in Spitalfields until October 2014. She has worked within the education department at the Royal Opera House, Philharmonia and National Youth Orchestra.

Former Trainee Music Leader Jess Maryon Davies

Former Trainee Music Leader Jess Maryon- Davies

Jessie Maryon Davies continues to lead on many projects with us and will be assisting us with Crowd Out.  She is co-founder of LIPS choir and Clapham Chamber Concerts, and works with refugee choir Woven Gold at the Helen Bamber Foundation.

Tuba player Tim Davy is currently working at the Royal Opera House as Assistant Orchestra Manager. He has led many of our market sound-takeovers, Sounds of Spitalfields, including last year’s all-brass project with Super Critical Mass.

Having finished training as an animateur with us, Dominic Stichbury is now leading many choirs across London including The Pop-up Choir, The Landmark Singers, and The Barnes Community choir.   He recently founded all male vocal group Chaps Choir, and regularly works with Sing Up.

Former Trainee Music Leader Danny Thompson

Former Trainee Music Leader Danny Thompson

Double bassist Danny Thompson currently works with Southwark Music Service to deliver music workshops on recorder, guitar and vocals. He also presents djembe classes for young people in Forest Gate and is Music Director of GYT, a community theatre company in Edmonton.

Neil Valentine is working as a freelance music leader, and conducts THAMES String Ensemble. He has worked extensively in music education, delivering workshops with London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Southbank Sinfonia, BBC Symphony Orchestra, and Royal Opera House.

Penny Debruslais co-led the Jagonari Nursery project over the summer and is set to join us again on early years projects in the coming year. She has worked on music education projects at Wigmore Hall, BBC Symphony Orchestra and National Theatre, and also runs her own baby music group.

Former Trainee Music Leader Ed Hicks

Former Trainee Music Leader Ed Hicks

Banjo player Ed Hicks currently is a workshop leader for the English Folk Dance & Song Society and runs a folk band at St Marylebone School. He has trained in music leading with Music for Change, Folk Arts England, Sing Up and Musicleader.

Applications for our Trainee Music Leaders scheme 2013-14 are now being accepted. For information on how to get involved, download the application pack from our website.


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