Who’s Who?

Below is a full listing of Patrons, Board members, Teachers & Volunteers involved with Making Music Changing Lives.

The Board Members

Rev. Jan Gould

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Jan Gould studied viola at Trinity College of Music with Elizabeth Turnbull and Nicholas Roth, wining prizes both for solo performance and chamber music. She was a member of the Miklòs Quartet, and with them performed extensively in London and throughout the Provinces. Surgery brought her performing career to an abrupt end, and she then went on to train for ordination in the Church of England. She moved to Wales in 2004 and for most of that time has been priest in charge at the Church of the Resurrection, Ely, Cardiff. She set up the Making Music Changing Lives charity in 2009 out of the belief that music has the power to transform even the poorest communities, and is currently its musical director while still fulfilling her normal parish duties. In 2013 she was awarded the Community Foundation in Wales Philanthropy Award; in 2014 she and MMCL were the subject of a BBC Radio Wales programme which won a Jerusalem Trust Award for the best Easter programme in the UK; in 2015 she received a Point of Light Award from the Prime minister and also appeared on the Independent on Sunday 100 Happy List for her transformational work in the community.

James Brookmyre

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Born in Cardiff, James graduated from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London with first class honours. He studied recorders with Ian Wilson, Pamela Thorby and Robert Ehrlich and historical clarinets with Jane Booth. In addition he studied at the Escola Superior de Música de

Catalunya, Barcelona, studying with Pedro Memelsdorff and Lorenzo Coppola.

His repertoire spans the music of Ciconia to Stockhausen and recent highlights have included performances of Berio’s Gesti in London and Aberdeen, a Graupner triple chalumeaux concerto in

London and the Mozart clarinet quintet on period instruments at the Abbaye aux Dames, Saintes as part of the Jeune Orchestre Atlantique. In addition to performing with the JOA he performs with such groups as WoodWork, Espirales, Ensemble DeNOTE and Concerto Cymru.

He teaches at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Godolphin & Latymer and St Paul’s Girls’ School, London.

Ceri Tippetts

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Rhian Hutchings

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Rhian Hutchings is Creative Director of Operasonic, and Partnership Manager for ArtWorks Cymru. She has been working in opera for the last fifteen years and her career choices have been led by her passion for new opera and participatory work.

Her early career had a focus on directing, and she worked with a wide range of companies. In 2006 she joined Welsh National Opera, and was Youth & Community Director from 2007 – 2014, commissioning nine major operatic pieces for young people and communities, and developing the Street Songs programme with Welsh communities.

In her role for ArtWorks Cymru, she is working with a consortium of 26 partners over two years to develop practice in participatory settings, seed new practice and grow a strong network around the participatory arts in Wales.

Her company, Operasonic, enables young people to engage with opera, as audiences, as participants, as creators, as leaders, and creates opportunities for them to explore, create and experience opera.

She is also a Creative Agent for the Arts Council Wales Creative Learning Through the Arts project, an active member of RESEO and a Fellow of the RSA.

Tina Robinson

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Isla Horton

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Teaching Staff

Helen Whitemore – Brass

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In 2009, Helen gained a scholarship to study trumpet at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Whilst there, she studied with principal trumpet of WNO, Dean Wright. She partook in masterclasses with Sergei Nakariakov, Phil Cobb, Niall Keatley, Andy Crowley, Mike Lovatt, Alistair Mackie, and Mnozil Brass. She was also lucky to be involved with various RWCMD/WNO side by side projects.

Since graduating from RWCMD in 2013 with First Class Honours, Helen has been working as a freelance trumpeter and teacher in South Wales.

Alice Jones – Violin

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Alice has been playing the violin since she was five years old. She studied music at the University of York and completed a PGCE teaching qualification at the University of Leeds. Now, Alice teaches violin, singing and piano, as well as conducting choirs and string orchestras. She plays the violin in the City of Cardiff Symphony Orchestra and sings in the BBC National Chorus of Wales.

Jan Gould – Violin/Viola

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Jan Gould studied viola at Trinity College of Music with Elizabeth Turnbull and Nicholas Roth, wining prizes both for solo performance and chamber music. She was a member of the Miklòs Quartet, and with them performed extensively in London and throughout the Provinces. Surgery brought her performing career to an abrupt end, and she then went on to train for ordination in the Church of England. She moved to Wales in 2004 and for most of that time has been priest in charge at the Church of the Resurrection, Ely, Cardiff. She set up the Making Music Changing Lives charity in 2009 out of the belief that music has the power to transform even the poorest communities, and is currently its musical director while still fulfilling her normal parish duties. In 2013 she was awarded the Community Foundation in Wales Philanthropy Award; in 2014 she and MMCL were the subject of a BBC Radio Wales programme which won a Jerusalem Trust Award for the best Easter programme in the UK; in 2015 she received a Point of Light Award from the Prime minister and also appeared on the Independent on Sunday 100 Happy List for her transformational work in the community. In 2016 she was the British Empire Medal for Services to the Community.

David Lewis – Violin

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David is a graduate of the Royal College of Music. Following studies there he joined Welsh National Opera. Since becoming freelance David has played with major British Orchestras and toured Japan and USA with AAM and other period instrument groups. He leads and directs the 18 Century Concert Orchestra, and in South Wales, Cambrensis Orchestra. At RSC he has worked on Twelfth Night and Tempest. Film credits include ‘The Madness of King George’ and ‘Youth’.
David is a string coach for the London Schools Symphony Orchestra and has always been involved in teaching at all levels. He is in demand as a tutor and adjudicator.

Charlotte Thomas – Flute

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James Brookmyre – Clarinet

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Born in Cardiff, James graduated from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London with first class honours. He studied recorders with Ian Wilson, Pamela Thorby and Robert Ehrlich and historical clarinets with Jane Booth. In addition he studied at the Escola Superior de Música de

Catalunya, Barcelona, studying with Pedro Memelsdorff and Lorenzo Coppola.

His repertoire spans the music of Ciconia to Stockhausen and recent highlights have included performances of Berio’s Gesti in London and Aberdeen, a Graupner triple chalumeaux concerto in

London and the Mozart clarinet quintet on period instruments at the Abbaye aux Dames, Saintes as part of the Jeune Orchestre Atlantique. In addition to performing with the JOA he performs with such groups as WoodWork, Espirales, Ensemble DeNOTE and Concerto Cymru.

He teaches at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Godolphin & Latymer and St Paul’s Girls’ School, London.

Michael Dooley – Cello

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Michael has wide ranging experience both as a Cellist and a teacher. He studied Cello at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with Sharon McKinley and Douglas Cummings and subsequently with Dewi Watkins. As a cellist he has wide ranging performing experience in several fields. Michael is an enthusiastic chamber musician and is a currently a member of the Arianne String Quartet who perform for both functions and recitals around South Wales. He has done freelance orchestral work and also performs with various baroque ensembles on baroque Cello. In 2014 he performed Haydn D Major Cello Concerto with Dinas Powys Orchestra. As a teacher he has wide experience of individual, group, and ensemble teaching and works both as a peripatetic in schools and as a private teacher.

Patrons

The Rt Revd Dr Barry Morgan, former Archbishop of Wales

Alun John MBE

The Rt Revd June Osborne, Bishop of Llandaff

Kevin Brennan MP