Administrator and Finance Officer
Administrator and Publicity Officer
Adult Programme Coordinator
Music for Everyone Board of Trustees
John Hess – Chairman
Dr Angela Smallwood – Secretary
Matthew Lax – Acting Treasurer
Advisers to the Board
Angela Kay studied at Nottingham College of Education, now Nottingham Trent University, and has been involved with the choral life of Nottinghamshire for most of her professional life. After giving up her post as head of music at a comprehensive school in 1980 to raise a family, Angela formed the Nottingham Choral Trust (now Music for Everyone) and has continued to develop it by working with enthusiasm and imagination as its Artistic Director. Originally known in Nottingham as a mezzo soprano soloist, Angela’s career developed first into choral and then into orchestral conducting. She has conducted many of the major works from the choral repertoire to critical acclaim, including Brahms’ Requiem, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony, Orff’s Carmina Burana and Bach’s St Matthew Passion. In July 2003, Angela received an honorary Masters degree from Nottingham Trent University in recognition of her services to Music Education.
Most recently, Angela was awarded an MBE in the 2014 New Year Honours list for services to music in Nottinghamshire and in 2015 was awarded the Lady Hilary Groves Prize by the national music organisation, Making Music. This prize is awarded to one individual each year for their outstanding contributuion to music making in their local community.
After completing studies at Dartington College of Arts, Middlesex University and the Royal College of Music, Phil began teaching in Nottinghamshire as a woodwind teacher and more latterly as Head of Music and Performing Arts. Having conducted ensembles for both Nottinghamshire County and City Education and ‘Music for Everyone’ he was appointed musical director of the Nottinghamshire Educational Theatre Company and founded the jazz ensemble ‘The Brassery’. He is now the Musical Director of Nottingham Youth Jazz Orchestra (affiliated to the Nottingham Youth Orchestra) who have just celebrated 25 years at the Edinburgh Festival to packed audiences. Besides his love of all things ‘jazz’ Phil was classically trained and was a long term member of the Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra, the Nottingham Harmonic Choir and is a founding member of the East of England Singers. Other conducting performances include the Jazz Mass by the British composer Will Todd with NYJO and EOES and the rarely performed Prelude Fugue and Riffs by Bernstein.
Principal String Animateur, Conductor – Loughborough Daytime Orchestra & Nottingham Strictly Strings
Ann-Marie started her musical studies at the age of 7 on the violin and moved to the viola aged 13. For eight years she played in the orchestras at the Nottingham Music School and earned a place as lead viola of the Nottingham Youth Orchestra and Nottingham Schools Symphony Orchestra.
Ann-Marie went on to study at the Royal College of Music, London, where she led the Sinfonietta, Chamber, Symphony and Opera orchestras and regularly performed in lunch time recitals both as a soloist and in chamber ensembles. Outside of college she led the violas for the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra and performed regularly at the Royal Festival Hall, London.
On leaving the Royal College she worked professionally for the Sultan of Oman, Orchestra Viva (formally East of England Orchestra), and more recently has worked for the European Festival Orchestra which has taken her to Northern Ireland and Switzerland. Solo performances include the Telemann Viola Concerto, Hoffmeister Viola Concerto, Stamitz Viola Concerto, Harold in Italy by Berlioz, and the Walton Viola Concerto. She has played in several string quartets throughout the past twenty years, and has been coached by the Chillingerian String Quartet and the Brodsky String Quartet performing both recital repertoire and background music for functions parties and weddings.
Currently, Ann-Marie teaches full class projects with the Leicestershire Music Service and has recently taken the role of String Animateur at Music for Everyone. She continues to perform in a wide variety of ensembles in the Midlands, to include pit orchestras, the Bardi Symphony Orchestra and the 4tissimo string quartet.
Victoria joined the MfE team as Principal Vocal Animateur in May 2017. Victoria is a pianist, horn player, saxophonist and singer. She was educated at Clarendon College and went on to study music at Newcastle and Huddersfield Universities.
From 1995 to 2011, Victoria worked in education and was Director of Music, at St Mary’s RC High School, Chesterfield and Assistant Conductor of the Derbyshire Youth Chorale. During this time she toured Japan, Italy, Austria and America. She was the Musical Director of Cranwell Military Wives Choir until 2015 with whom she worked on the BBC’s Beechy Boys project.
Victoria was Musical Director for Radcliffe Male Voice Choir from June 2011 until 2016. In October 2016 the choir took part in the 25th London Welsh Festival of Male Choirs at London’s Royal Albert Hall, where Victoria became the first female guest conductor to take to the podium in its 50 year history. Currently Victoria works with South Nottinghamshire’s Men’s Chorus, Lyrical soNGBirds and works for the Derbyshire Music Partnership. Victoria also performs semi-professionally with a small female choral group called Quadravox.
Alex Patterson is a Northern Irish-born composer and conductor based in Nottingham. In addition to his role with Music for Everyone, he is also Director of Music at Nottingham (St Barnabas) Cathedral and Musical Director for the Radcliffe Ladies’ Choir. Alex studied at the University of Nottingham and later at Birmingham Conservatoire specialising in composition and opera. He has written a wealth of choral music which has been performed across the world and published by Banks Music Publications.
Alex is in much demand as a choral animateur, particularly for community and youth music-making and regularly leads singing workshops across Nottinghamshire with people of all ages and abilities. He has conducted major works including Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Britten’s Noye’s Fludde, Mozart’s The Magic Flute, both Duruflé’s and Fauré’s Requiem and the musical thriller Sweeney Todd by Stephen Sondheim.
Jane studied at Nottingham College of Education (now Nottingham Trent University) and the Royal College of Music. She specialises in soprano roles in opera and oratorio and is a founder member of the Nottingham opera group, Operating Theatre. Jane has a thriving teaching practice at home. She is also part of a multi-disciplinary team of voice specialists at the Voice Clinic in the Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham. Jane is currently the conductor of Nottingham Girls Voices and Daytime Voices in West Bridgford.
Principal Wind Animateur; Conductor – Nottingham Youth Band, East Midlands Youth Wind Band, Nottingham Daytime Orchestra & Sunday Afternoon Swing Band
Gill studied music at the University of Birmingham and has over 15 years’ experience of teaching music and conducting youth music groups in secondary schools in the Nottingham area. She is the principal wind band animateur for Music for Everyone, conducting Nottingham Youth Band, and delivering and developing opportunities for young and adult wind players. Gill is an accomplished performer on clarinet, as Orchestra Leader of Nottingham Symphonic Wind Orchestra, and in the Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra. She also teaches clarinet, piano, saxophone, flute and music theory.
James was appointed as our Principal Guest Conductor in September 2009. Prizewinner in international conducting competitions, James Lowe’s work as Artistic Director of the Hallé Harmony Youth Orchestra featured in Orchestra United, a four-part documentary shown on Channel 4 last year. Lowe is Artistic Director of the New Bristol Sinfonia, Principal Conductor of the Edinburgh Contemporary Music Ensemble, Principal Guest Conductor of Music for Everyone, and held the position of Associate Conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Educated at the University of Edinburgh, Lowe continued his development as Benjamin Zander Conducting Fellow with the Boston Philharmonic, and has studied with leading conductors in master classes, including Jorma Panula, Neeme Järvi, with Valery Gergiev and with Bernard Haitink, who has recently invited him to work as his assistant with the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam this May.
One of two prizewinners in the Tokyo International Competition for Conductors and special prize winner in the Jorma Panula International Competition, he has appeared in performance with the Osaka and Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestras, the Residentie Orkest Den Haag, the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Academic Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada, the New Japan Philharmonic, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, Scottish Ballet, the orchestra of Welsh National Opera and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, as well as working with numerous other ensembles in many European countries, South Africa and the USA.
In addition to Orchestra United, James Lowe will feature in The Interpreters, a German film following three young conductors. He lives in Edinburgh and Berlin.
Richard Howarth has had a distinguished career as a violinist, leading and directing orchestras for over thirty years. In recent years he has been in increasing demand as a conductor.
Richard has conducted Manchester Camerata, the Ulster Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the London, Scottish and Manchester Concert Orchestras and, from the violin, has directed Manchester Camerata and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He conducts/directs his own orchestra, Manchester Sinfonia. In 2010 Richard travelled to Jordan to work with the Amman Symphony Orchestra.
Richard is in demand as a string coach/conductor and works regularly at the Royal Northern College of Music and Chetham’s School of Music. He enjoys working with amateur groups and is Principal Conductor of Sale Chamber Orchestra and Westmorland Orchestra and has recently been appointed Conductor/Music Director of Blackburn Symphony Orchestra. He is a regular guest conductor of Chester Philharmonic Orchestra and Wrexham Symphony Orchestra. Richard conducts the East Midlands String Orchestra and the East Midlands Youth String Orchestra run by Nottingham based Music for Everyone.
Trained as a violinist at the Royal College of Music in London, Richard worked with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra and as Leader of the Ulster Orchestra before becoming Leader of Manchester Camerata. He has been a guest leader with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Scottish and Welsh Symphony Orchestras, the BBC Philharmonic, the Halle, Orchestra of St John’s Smith Square, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, East of England Orchestra and Bournemouth Sinfonietta.
Richard runs and directs the successful Manchester Chamber Ensemble and is a member of Trio Melzi with pianist Sarah Beth Briggs and cellist Hannah Roberts.
Alison is a music graduate of the University of York and completed a PGCE course at the University of Reading specialising in music education for Early Years pupils. She is now a part-time teacher of Key Stage 2 pupils at St Peter’s Primary School, Ruddington and spends the rest of the time looking after her little boys! Alison has sung in various choirs, plays cello in the Nottingham Symphony Orchestra and took part in the very first youth choir course in 1988!